Sigh… I thought I could get through this week without writing about Bravo’s “The Real Housewives of Atlanta.” But these women can’t help themselves.
Kim Zolciak was supposed to make a “special appearance” at an event Saturday in which attendees donate gently used shoes for a charity she started to help battered women. But Zolciak reneged, flying to the Bahamas this morning instead.
“Kim has gone out of town for some mental R&R,” said Cori Davenport, her good friend and co-founder of Shoes for Shattered Hearts, which she and Zolciak started last year. “She’s going to make it up to Monkee’s,” the shoe store hosting the event.
At 2 p.m. EST, I called the hotel where Zolciak is staying in the Bahamas and got a confirmation from the front desk that she was there. As of Friday afternoon, Zolciak had not directly contacted Jaci Shiendling, who came up with the idea and is organizing the event, about her change of schedule. This is the foundation’s first official event.
“It’s a sucker punch to the stomach,” Shiendling told me today about Zolciak’s absence. “But my goal is to get shoes to these women. I hope we get more boxes of shoes than we know what to do with.”
The event is advertised on the Shoes for Shattered Hearts Web site. It’s set at Monkee’s at Sugarloaf, a high-end shoe store that’s been around for 14 months.
Buy Shoes – Change lives
Shoe shopping Event on March 21st 1pm to 4pm
Special Appearance by REAL HOUSEWIFE OF ATLANTA’S star Kim Zolciak
Co Founder of Shoes for Shattered Hearts
Monkee’s of Sugarloaf
6601 SUGARLOAF PKWY
DULUTH, GA 30097
And here’s what was on the Jezebel magazine events listing:
Shoes for Shattered Hearts
Helping give women a foot in the right direction
Be There: Monkee’s of Sugarloaf – 6601 Sugarloaf Pkwy, Duluth
When: Saturday, March 21 from 1-4 PM
Expect: Join Shoes for Shattered Hearts at Monkee’s of Sugarloaf Saturday, March 21 from 1-4 PM. Bring in a pair of gently used shoes and receive 20% off* of a new pair! Special appearance by Bravo’s Real Housewife of Atlanta star Kim Zolciak (founder of Shoes for Shattered Hearts)
More Info: (770) 497-0024
What’s odd about all this is NeNe Leakes, Kim’s “frenemy” on the show, has a similar non-profit group called Twisted Hearts Foundation, based on Leakes’ own experiences as a battered woman in the past.
Shiendling said Leakes on Thursday coincidentally came to the store Monkee’s minus Bravo TV cameras. (The show is currently filming season two.) The owner Jacqueline Toulon asked Leakes if she was coming to the event. Toulon said Leakes asked, “What event?” Leakes, she said, didn’t seem upset but told told Toulon about her own, very similar, foundation. Toulon then tried to sell her some shoes but got no sale.
Mediatakeout.com reported that there was some sort of altercation last night between NeNe and Kim. Might this foundation overlap be the crux of the argument?
Davenport said she had no idea what issues were going on between Kim and NeNe, that she has only been with NeNe in the presence of Kim.
“I will definitely be there to support Monkee’s and Shoes For Shattered Hearts,” Davenport said. “I want this to be a great event.”
When I asked whether Davenport was ever considered to be one of the housewives, she said, “I have never spoken to Bravo about being a housewife.” Did she want to be one of the reality show housewives? “I am not even going to comment on that one.”
I have emailed NeNe for comment but she hasn’t responded to me lately. Maybe she will this time.