HOME

NEWS

CHARITIES

VOLUNTEER

ACTION CENTER

ADD CHARITY

CONTACT

SUPPORT

World Environment Community Health Animals Celebrity Submit A Site Find A Charity
OC 'Housewives' gather to raise money for cancer

OCRegister

1013 days ago   Article ID# 1324044
Original URL

 

Beckstrand Cancer Foundation

SANTA ANA, CALIFORNIA (OCRegister) - Fans of Bravo's "The Real Housewives of Orange County" got a treat Tuesday night in Costa Mesa.

All five of the reality TV housewives – including newest cast member Heather Dubrow – appeared at a charity event at Victor Paul Salon to raise money for the Beckstrand Cancer Foundation. The Newport Beach-based nonprofit provides financial and psychological assistance for cancer patients and their families.

'Housewife' Gretchen Rossi and her boyfriend Slade Smiley were the hosts of the $50-per-person charity event, which featured a performance by illusionist Anthony "the Magic" Hernandez, singing by Tony Award-nominated actress Susan Egan, a DJ from Playlist 92.7 FM, silent and live auctions and appetizers concocted by members of the Orange County Restaurant Association.

A crew from Evolution Media filmed the gathering for an upcoming episode of "Real Housewives."

"Tonight's event is honoring Grayson, Slade's son, who has cancer," said Rossi, 33, a Costa Mesa resident. "We're here for that, and for the charity, the Beckstrand Foundation, which helps cancer families that have hit hard financial times. It helps them pay their medical bills, which can be so exorbitant."

Grayson Arroyo Smiley, 11, has diffuse fibrillary astrocytoma, a rare form of brain cancer. He has undergone seven brain surgeries.

"I'm very thrilled people that people are willing to give up their time to support something like this," Slade Smiley said. "Everyone's affected in some way."

Smiley's financial difficulties were documented on the last season of "Real Housewives," and much of that had to do with medical care for Grayson, he said.

As large TV cameras rolled and guests arrived, the other housewives came in one by one. Tamra Barney of Ladera Ranch arrived with her boyfriend Eddie Judge; Heather and Terry Dubrow of Newport Beach made one of their first public appearances as an official "Housewives" couple; and Alexis Bellino came without husband Jim.

Vicki Gunvalson, the veteran "housewife" who is the only cast member to be on the show since season 1, attended the event with new boyfriend, Brooks Ayers of Mississippi. After 16 years of marriage, she filed for divorce from Don Gunvalson during the last season of the show.

"I pray for happiness and health and we've got it all," Gunvalson said. "My love tank is full!"

While she's had some disagreements with Smiley and Rossi in the past, she put them aside Tuesday and said, "We're all either stricken or know somebody that has been stricken with cancer. My heart goes out to Slade. Anything I can do to help Grayson, I will. Everything aside, and it's about this little boy. At the end of the day, we are all compassionate. That's why we're here. We love little Grayson. I've known him for eight years now. He doesn't deserve this. It's a tough life for him."

Other notable guests Tuesday night were Michael Costello, a fashion designer who appeared on season 8 of "Project Runway" and will appear on "Project Runway All Stars" early next year; Lil Spitzer, the executive director of the Beckstrand Foundation; and Henry DiCarlo, meteorologist for the KTLA 5 Morning News.

While the housewives would not reveal too much about the next season, certain clues were evident: Rossi was wearing a friendship bracelet given to her by longtime nemesis Barney; Rossi has had her late fiancé Jeff Beitzel's name removed from her ring finger; Rossi was not wearing a ring on her ring finger (contrary to rumors that she's engaged again); Barney is a patient of Dr. Terry Dubrow, getting her tattoo of ex-husband Simon Barney's name removed; and Barney's boyfriend Judge broke his pinkie finger during a recent mud run.

"You'll see a lot this season, a lot of relationships have evolved and changed," Smiley said. "There's been a major attempt at mending broken fences. There is still some conflict within the women, but they all came together for Beckstrand."

While no official announcement has been made yet, season 7 of "The Real Housewives of Orange County" is expected to premiere on Bravo in February.

Copyright 2014 OCRegister   (Copyright Terms)
Updated 1013 days ago   Article ID# 1324044

Beckstrand Cancer Foundation    Visit Website

More News

Delta Queen pageant raises $30,000 for charity

860 days ago From OCRegister 

SANTA ANA, CALIFORNIA - Also in attendance were Miss California 2011 Noelle Freeman, Miss City of Orange and Chapman trustees Don and Deedee Sodaro. "We are lucky to have a relationship with an organization like Beckstrand that touches the lives of so many cancer patie ...

Kiwanis Club Donates $1,200 to Local Volunteers

1072 days ago From Patch.com 

LAKE FOREST, CALIFORNIA - By Sarah de Crescenzo Kim Iverson and Jillian Ray, 10, with the Lake Forest chapter of Mini Pearls, a volunteer group that cheers up children with cancer, at a Kiwanis Club meeting. Jillian Ray, chair of a local charity that cheers up children who ha ...

<< Return To Celebrity News

Action Center

Tibet's glaciers at their warmest in 2,000 years: Report

Action: Climate Change

The Tibetan plateau, whose glaciers supply water to hundreds of millions of people in Asia, were warmer over the past 50 year ...

Tiger poacher Hanumant nabbed in Odisha

Action: Wildlife Conservation

In yet another big catch, the Wildlife Crime Control Bureau (WCCB), Delhi, on Friday morning nabbed tiger poacher Hanumant fr ...

Realtor builds road through 'sacred' Mangar forest near Delhi

Action: Stop Deforestation

A real estate company has allegedly built a road in the forest near the sacred grove of Mangar Bani off the Gurgaon-Faridabad ...

Shell Records Massive Oil Spill On Its Nembe Creek

Action: Stop Pollution

A major oil spill has occurred at a Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria, (SPDC), oil pipeline between the Santa-Ba ...

Poacher caught with backpack full of 299 sea turtle eggs

Action: Save Our Oceans

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is investigating a case of extreme turtle egg poaching after a ma ...

View All Actions >>

 

 

Charities

News

Follow Us

Support

Find A Charity

Action Center

World

Community

Facebook

Twitter Support

Contact

Volunteer

Add A Site

Environment

Animals

Google+

Privacy Policy

Copyright

 

 

Health

Celebrity

Terms of Service

Copyright © The Charity Vault All rights reserved.