On Sunday night’s episode of the Real Housewives of Atlanta, Kenya Moore held a masquerade ball to benefit, Saving Our Daughters, a local charity in honor of special guest, Nene Leakes.
Saving Our Daughters, is a non-profit organization that focuses on building literacy and creating tools to get teen girls discussing key issues and fired up to take the power away from bullying, (cyber, gossip, face-to-face), date abuse, hate crimes, school violence, violence against women, and other esteem slayers.
The ball was Kenya’s
heartfelt attempt to get back in Nene’s good graces after the pillow talk brawl that Nene blames Kenya for. Unfortunately for Kenya, Nene was none to pleased with Kenya arranging an event without notifying the guest of honor personally. E-invites are not worthy of a diva like Mrs. Leakes. Despite Nene’s displeasure with Ms. Moore, she attended the event for the “kids.” Suuuuure it was for the kids!
Regrettably for the kids, drama was at the top of the ladies agenda and raising money for a charity was not. Throwing shade in Shadyville is to be expected. As planned
by Bravo, the event backfired on the former beauty queen and the fallout is reminiscent of the Chernobyl disaster.
Curtis Benjamin, CEO of Saving Our Daughters, is claiming his organization has not received any donations generated from the masquerade ball. The charity released the following statement:
“To protect the integrity of Saving Our Daughters, our records show that we did not receive any of the proceeds raised from Ms. Moore’s masquerade ball.”
Well, the former beauty queen was not going to have her credibility trashed without checkmating somebody. Shortly after Benjamin’s statement was released, a series of text messages between Kenya Moore and Curtis Benjamin became public. In the text messages, Mr. Benjamin contradicts his statement above by thanking Kenya for her donation and contributions on behalf of the event.
“Hi Kenya – Thank you for your personal donation as well. Here is the address so we can make it on time. Saving Our Daughters 311 Ryan Trail Dallas, GA 30157 “
“We will email over your thank you receipt letter this week from our trustee board for your total donation. Again thank you. “
After the event, Benjamin sent a follow-up text:
“Thought the event went well that night.”
Exclusive screenshots of text messages from the CEO of Saving Our Daughters, thanking Kenya for her donation via LoveBScott.
TEXT #1 TEXT #2
TEXT #3 TEXT #4
Kenya Moore tweets and canceled checks:
— KENYA MOORE (@KenyaMoore) February 19, 2014
- $10,000 – Total cost of event….rented mansion, valet parking, decor, PR costs, etc.
- Text #2 (above) states, Saving Our Daughters, CEO spoke with Nene and she was aware she would be representing the charity at the event
- Kenya Moore’s canceled checks proves she made a personal donation of $500
- The event cost
Bravo$10,000 and a donation of only $500 was made
- All parties involved was aware this
- Bravo orchestrated drama should not be at the expense of a charity
- An agreed upon fee should have been determined beforehand and funds donated in a timely manner
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