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Six months after launching her B Strong charity initiative in partnership with Dress for Success, Bethenny Frankel is giving you the chance to help out those in need. You can pledge your support to The Real Housewives of New York City entrepreneur's campaign by donating to the cause -- with the potential to win some cool prizes along the way. The Daily Dish caught up with Bethenny (via email), where she shared why now is the perfect time to show your support for B Strong... and perhaps get the chance to meet Bethenny yourself. And, really, who wouldn't want that?
Daily Dish: What is your biggest goal with this campaign and the B Strong charity? Why is this particular fundraiser so important for you?
Bethenny Frankel: My biggest goal for this campaign is to raise awareness and funds for B Strong. B Strong is a crisis intervention initiative in partnership with Dress for Success that provides real-time emergency assistance to women facing emotional or financial crises on their road to success. I was inspired to help other women in crisis find their own place of yes and strength after going through my own painful divorce.
I’m excited to be able to get fans involved with our Raize fundraising campaign by offering a ton of cool perks - personalized voicemail greeting from me, signed “Get Off My Jock” notebooks, “Boss” gear, not to mention a grand prize of a trip to NYC to meet me, visit the Skinnygirl office, and see Andy Cohen at a taping of Watch What Happens Live. Anything is helpful, and I’m grateful for all the support. I have never felt such a connection to women and a charity in my life. If I can make a difference and make my success worthwhile then I will be the luckiest person in the world.
Daily Dish: What has it been like for you to partner with Dress for Success?
Empowering women is very important to me. I’ve been a supporter of, and spokesperson for, Dress for Success for years. They’re an incredible organization that’s about inspiring women, helping them to get jobs, and helping them to educate others to get jobs and move up the ladder. It's got the image of just donating clothes to women for interviews, which we do, but there’s so much more -- counseling, resume services, and so on. It’s an amazing charity, and I trust them to help me with B Strong.
Daily Dish: What is the one message of empowerment you have for any woman out there who needs that push to take her career/life to the next level?
Be on top of it. Execution is the most important part of business. It’s about who gets to the finish line first and doesn’t look left or right. Find your idea, be passionate about it, and make it happen.
(The campaign wraps on June 17, so now is the time to make your money count.)
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