The Real Housewives Of New Jersey are known for flipping tables or emotional family drama, and unfortunately that sometimes overshadows the habitual involvement in charitable work throughout the cast!
Despite the behind the scenes season 8 drama, a local North Jersey foundation managed to get the entire RHONJ cast involved for an amazing cause! Late last month, The Leonidas Foundation held their 2017 kickoff event at Waterside Restaurant in North Bergen, New Jersey, and the Bravolebrities left their mark everywhere!
This cause hit very close to home for some of the RHONJ cast, because Dolores Catania’s son Frankie was friends with one of the young men who passed away; the foundation was founded in his honor, and about 900 people came out to support!
The Leonidas Foundation was established for Leo Vagias and his friend Sam Cali; the boys passed away in a tragic car accident last summer, and some of the details surrounding that night are still unknown. The 19-year-old boys were talented athletes from Don Bosco Prep with huge hearts. In honor of their lives and to keep their memory alive, the Leonidas Foundation was started to give back to the local community by helping those in need, particularly unprivileged children. So far, the foundation has held toy drives, food drives, community service programs, and aided humanitarian relief.
Proceeds from the kickoff event went straight to the North Jersey community, and the RHONJ played a part in making this event a huge success!
Teresa Giudice is always generous and she gave 2 autographed cookbooks, 1 autographed memoir and 2 autographed photos to the event. She was hoping to attend, but didn’t get out of filming in enough time that night; Margaret Joseph’s held an event, which is where Teresa was.
Siggy Flicker donated 2-signed copies of her guide to love, Write Your Own Fairytale; hopefully the winners were single ladies, searching for Mr. Right!
Melissa Gorga contributed with a $100 Envy by Melissa Gorga gift certificate, as well as a zip up sweatshirt and hat! She was with Teresa at Margaret’s party, so she wasn’t at the event either.
Even though Melissa donated, Kim D. also got involved and gave a $100 Posche gift certificate and rhinestone tee! It’s unclear if Kim planned on going or not, but the event was right in the middle of the car drama, so no one expected her to see her there.
As we previously mentioned, Dolores Catania knew the victim and his mother through Frankie, so she did make an appearance at the 2017 kickoff, as did he!
Beyond showing up, Dolores contributed 2 one-year gym memberships to The Powerhouse Gym in Teterboro and Whippany, New Jersey.
Siggy and Dolores also auctioned off lunch with them at Waterside Restaurant for the highest bidder and a guest!
Unfortunately she won’t a part of season 8, but Robyn Levy was very generous and helpful in organizing the kickoff event! Not only did she donate Tushy Brand gifts including onesies, outfits, and gift certificates, she put in a lot of time! Robyn informed many local businesses about The Leonidas Foundation kickoff and was able to add products from a local hair salon and plastic surgeons’ office, as well as autographed Derek Jeter photos and Artis make-up kits! The extent of Robyn’s involvement goes on, and as a friend of the foundation’s founder, for her this event was personal!
It’s important to note that Danielle Staub and Margaret Josephs were not contacted about the event, so they didn’t donate or attend. Jacqueline Laurita’s book was indirectly offered to the silent auction, but it wasn’t even signed and would have been out-of-place amongst the other beautiful, generous prizes the RHONJ cast put together!
The 2017 Leonidas Foundation kickoff at Waterside Restaurant was a huge success, and The Real Housewives Of New Jersey contributed in a great way; it’s amazing that these reality stars put any petty drama behind them, to support an amazing cause!
Hopefully the AATRH team is able to make it to the next event; we’d love to help make a difference to a local New Jersey charity!