Let’s raise awareness and money for good causes. . .maybe you can forgive us for the fighting we do!
This week’s show along with next week’s, highlights some of the charity work that the ladies of RHONY do. Tonight you saw Ramona’s event for the Domestic Women’s Abuse Center and you get a preview of my upcoming fashion show benefiting the Kellner Pediatric Liver Foundation, as well as a glimpse of Carole prepping for an event of hers that will support a charity in honor of her late husband. I am so grateful to have the opportunity to bring attention to the work we are doing at Kellner Pediatric Liver Foundation and for Organ Donor Awareness with the platform of RHONY. There are so many people out there who need organ transplants and we have a shortage of donors. At Kellner among other initiatives, we raise money to support families who have a child in need of a liver transplant to survive but simply can’t afford it. And thats Yummie stuff.
I invited Aviva and LuAnn to the famous Copacabana Club where I will be hosting this year’s fundraiser for The Kellner Pediatric Liver Foundation. Kellner was founded by Samantha and Andrew Kellner whose son Raphael, like my Jax, suffered from the very rare liver disease, Biliary Atresia. He too needed a transplant to survive. When Samantha learned what I was going through with Jax through a mutual friend, she immediately reached out to me. Although we were complete strangers, she rushed to my side and the bond that was created because of our sick sons is everlasting. Having someone in the room with me who knew exactly what I was feeling and going through every step of the way without even the need to say a word was extremely comforting and it helped me keep the faith that we would get through this with Jax and that he would not only survive, but thrive.
I knew instantly that I wanted to work with Samantha and do whatever I could to help other people in the same situation. So, I got very involved with Kellner as a founding board member to begin to pay it forward. Someone very very important to me once shared with me a quotation from James Adams, an American historian who said, “The greatest use of a life is to spend it for something that will outlast it.” This quote resonated with me. It was life changing. And I was so excited about the upcoming event. I wanted to raise tons of money and create a fun and entertaining evening for everyone who came out, bought tickets, donated and supported our cause. You want people to talk about your event and to come back every year with more friends, so we always try to top ourselves at our gala's.