SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine — About 200 of Mainer Dan Foley’s best friends helped him celebrate him making it another week on the TV show “Survivor.”
The Gorham postal worker came up huge for his tribe on Wednesday night’s episode, leading them through an immunity challenge by smashing clay pots with a makeshift wrecking ball.
Foley also hosted three of his fellow “Survivor” competitors, who flew in for the event. Sierra Thomas, Mike Holloway and Tyler Fredrickson all clapped and cheered while they watched themselves on several screens at the Thatcher’s restaurant in South Portland.
Foley says his tribe has pulled off a “Survivor” first, managing to remain friends after the end of the highly competitive series.
“Survivor” airs at 8 p.m. Wednesday nights on CBS 13.
Foley is the seventh Mainer to take part in the program, which places contestants in remote areas, where they compete in feats of strength and skill, and ultimately vote each other out of the game until only one is left.
Bob Crowley, a former physics teacher from South Portland, won the $1 million first place prize in 2008. Crowley, who was on hand for Foley’s Wednesday night event, now operates Maine Forest Yurts in Durham, where he stages an annual competition based on the show to raise money for his nonprofit, the Durham Warriors Project.
BDN Portland Bureau Chief Seth Koenig contributed to this story.