The New York Daily News released a report today stating that Caroline Manzo and Teresa Giudice refused to support a cancer charity for Christopher DiMartino, a New Jersey boy who has been battling cancer since he was 3 years-old. The report states, “Scirica asked Metropolis Nights editor Chaunce Hayden to reach out to Manzo and Guidice. Both requests were ignored by the reality stars. “It was crickets,” Hayden told Confidenti@l. When he asked a mutual friend for an explanation, Hayden got the hard truth. “They don’t do anything anymore unless they are getting paid,” the mutual friend told Hayden. “End of story.” The Daily News is claiming, “A source told Confidenti@l that appearance fees for “The Real Housewives” cast members can be anywhere from $3,000 to $30,000.”
A rep for Caroline Manzo says, “She has never been contacted by these people.”
And Teresa Giudice took to her website to explain her side of the story in a blog called ‘Untrue Charity Story.’ Teresa writes, “I’ve said it many times: one of the best things about being on TV is getting to use your “celebrity” to help other people. It’s why I was so honored to raise $60,000 for NephCure when I was on Celebrity Apprentice and why I do as many charity events as I can. My biggest priority is NephCure, but I also recently attended events for the Eric Trump Foundation for sick children and I just did two events for breast cancer this month. I’m always happy to do it, and I did not get paid for any of it.
I get so many charity requests and it breaks my heart not to be able to do them all. I really really wish I could! Not being able to do every single charity event that asks me has nothing to do with money and everything to do with time. I’m a busy working mom of 4 girls and there isn’t enough time in the world to help everyone. Again, I wish I could! I don’t even have an email link for charity requests on my website because I don’t want people to try and contact me and not get an answer and be disappointed. I’ve explained this the best I can on my Contact page, and I list the charities I support.
If I’m asked and I’m free, I’m at every charity event I can possibly be at! On Nov 8, I’ll be at NephCure’s Countdown to a Cure at Capitale in NYC. Get your tickets or become a sponsor here: http://nephcure.org/countdown-cure. Or come out and visit me on Nov 14 at the Americana Salon and Spa in Roseland, NJ for the Faith for Francesca Fundraiser to help raise money for a beautiful little 6-year-old girl with Cerebral Palsy: http://americanasalonandspa.com/
It’s sad to me that the Daily News would print a story with false accusations from a friend of a friend of a local guy about how I demand an appearance fee for charity work. I don’t know if they tried to contact me or how, but I never received any information about their benefit, so me turning them down is completely untrue. I’m praying for little Christopher though, and I hope their fundraising efforts are a huge success! God Bless.”
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