Real Housewives Stars Pledge $40,000 to Local Charity

The Real Housewives of Atlanta
The Real Housewives of Atlanta. IMG: via Bravo TV.

On the Sunday, May 4th, episode of “The Real Housewives of Atlanta,” two housewives pledged $20,000 each to the Detroit Public Schools Foundation. The episode was filmed March 27, so it would be assumed the funds had been paid by now—however, that’s not the case, according to Foundation president Glenda Price.

“The Detroit Public Schools Foundation is gratified to learn that two members of the cast of ‘(The) Real Housewives of Atlanta’ have pledged support to us for the benefit of DPS students,” Price said Monday. “We look forward to official notification of this gift.” The donation was initiated when NeNe Leakes challenged fellow cast member Kenya Moore, the former Miss USA, who is from Detroit, to donate $20,000 to charity on part three of the sixth-season reunion of the show on Bravo.

The move by NeNe was designed to showcase that Moore is actually broke. But, on air Moore agreed, picking the Detroit education nonprofit, which supports value-added programs and activities for the benefit of the city’s bankrupt schools.

“I will write a $20,000 check, and I’d like to see you match me,” Leakes responded.

“All right,” Moore said.

Price expressed her gratitude at learning of the pledge to the Detroit Free Press newspaper, providing a bit of pressure to the stars to follow through with their pledge. As of late Monday afternoon, however, Moore, Leakes, their representatives, nor anyone else from the show had contacted the foundation about the donation. This is according Yesenia Roman-Murphy, the foundation’s administrative coordinator.

Will the two housewives follow through? It sure would be nice to see these two privileged women getting into the philanthropic spirit and giving back to the local community.