What began as a single dress being auctioned for charity exploded into a massive Bravo and Housewives effort with Ana Quincoces from The Real Housewives of Miami leading the charge.
Quincoces wanted to do something to help frontline workers during the pandemic. So she shared on Twitter that she planned to donate her green emerald dress from season 2. She then expanded the effort knowing that the Housewives franchise could make a significant difference.
Getting executive producer, Andy Cohen involved was a game-changer, which helped open the door to a slew of cast members. “The Real Housewives Reunion Dress Benefit Auction” is now offered on Charity Buzz. Fans can bid on an iconic frock or even a piece of memorabilia with proceeds going to #firstrespondersfirst. Quincoces dished about how the initiative exploded and which cast members were the most generous and who snubbed the auction.
The fundraiser helped ‘RHOM’ reconnect
Quincoces shared on the Behind the Velvet Rope with David Yontef podcast that the auction currently has 38 dresses. She said the efforts sparked her to get back in touch with former castmates. But it also provided a gateway to connect with others she’s never spoken to previously.
Her initial post was just a tweet where she tagged Cohen. In the tweet, Quincoces asked all Housewives to consider donating their reunion dress for the auction. “Then Andy contacted me and said he really liked the idea and [asked] how he could support,” she recalls. “And then I started reaching out to as many ladies as I could.”
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Before the fundraiser was in the press, Adriana De Moura, Joanna Krupa and Karent Sierra from RHOM instantly wanted to be involved. Quincoces sent a text message to Marysol Patton and Alexia Echevarria. “I hadn’t spoken to Marysol in years, Alexia I have spoken to more regularly but not often either,” she says. They both then reached out to Quincoces and most of the cast is back in touch as a result.
These ‘Housewives’ gave generously
Quincoces says most of the RHOM cast gave a reunion dress for the fundraiser. She also connected with Heather Dubrow from The Real Housewives of Orange County. Quincoces said, “She’s cool [about Dubrow], I’ve always liked her. And then she contacted Tamra [Judge] for me.”
Also Sutton Stracke from The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills immediately sent something for the auction. She said Stracke’s dress is not Dolce & Gabbana but is “cool.” Also Dina and Caroline Manzo from The Real Housewives of New Jersey offered a dress. She says the casts from RHONJ, RHOC, and RHOM have been very generous.
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Sonja Morgan from The Real Housewives of New York City was especially giving. “Sonja sent me four dresses,” Quincoces exclaimed. They are all Sonja By Sonja Morgan and Quincoces is digging the fit. “I’m impressed with those dresses,” she says.
She also opened it up to more than just reunion dresses. Lynda Erkiletian from The Real Housewives of D.C. donated her reunion and promo dress. Cohen donated a suit “from one of his reunions.” Luann de Lesseps from RHONY also donated a statement necklace from her Countess Collection line.
Thus far Quincoces hasn’t heard much from these cast members
“I reached out to Lea [Black from RHOM]. I sent her a text message, I sent her a message on Twitter and you know … nothing,” she says. Quincoces was surprised she didn’t hear from Black. She shared that Black is very philanthropic with her foundation.
Also, “I don’t have anyone from [The Real Housewives of Atlanta], not a single person,” she says. “Which I’m sad about because Atlanta is such a big …” But she said Cohen made up for it by adding a signed reunion notecard from the Atlanta reunion to the auction.
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LeeAnne Locken from The Real Housewives of Dallas said she’d participate, but Quincoces hadn’t received anything by the time she did the podcast. She adds there are other cast members who have also committed but haven’t sent anything. “Like Danielle Staub [from RHONJ],” she said. “I don’t know if she’s going to send it or not send it.”
“Kelly Dodd [from RHOC], I reached out to her several times and she’s in New York and she’s says already donated all her dresses,” she says. Also, Quincoces got the impression that Vicki Gunvalson from RHOC didn’t want to be part of it. She’s reached out to the team for Lisa Vanderpump from RHOBH but never heard back. However, she admits that she’s sent direct messages to cast members she doesn’t personally know. So she understands the messages may get lost in the flood of messages they receive.
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