Yesterday I had the honor of attending a fundraiser organized by some of the Real Housewives of Orange County. Tammy Knickerbocker and Jeana Keough
hosted a fundraiser for friend Dominique Manion who has breast cancer. Pictured above are Dominique & the guys from Travertine Spa at the event. The second pic is of yours truly with housewife Jeana. This morning I’m reflecting on the event as I drink my morning coffee.
I’m still wondering about the viability of real fundraising for worthy causes during these recessionary times. There were some generous hearts
at the event and some people clearly moved by Dominique’s struggle with cancer. However, visits to the vendor booths and sales
of the gift baskets were very slow. I couldn’t help but think that last year, this event would’ve been packed and the vendors would’ve been selling out of their products. The combination of the glitz of the popular TV show and the chance to go “behind the gates” at the exclusive Cote de Caza
enclave would’ve guaranteed it. This year, even the glamour of TV stars and the chance to go inside their world, couldn’t motivate mass giving. As one of the hostesses observed, “People just don’t have the money
But I want to note some of the really good hearted gestures that I witnessed. There were a couple of very generous donations to the cause. Some people personally gave Dominique donations . She talks about that on her blog, The Modern Amazon
. I also observed my favorite housewife, Jeana
going around & quietly buying up almost all of the gift baskets that were part of the silent auction. The folks at Travertine Spa
(pictured above with Dominique) also very generously donated dollars to promoting & marketing the event for gratis.
So yes, its still possible to raise money for worthy causes and help people who are suffering. But even these worthy efforts are not immune from the impact of the recession
. Fundraising will still happen, but the contributions will be slower, just like everything else in our US economy. To learn more about the event and fundraising to help Dominique, visit her blog page. The OC Register
also has a nice write-up on the event
and the loving intentions of the Housewives to help their friend.