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3/20: Kim Zolciak is skipping out on a charity event – for her own charity

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
Phone: 770-497-0024
www.monkeesofsugarloaf.com

And here’s what was on the Jezebel magazine events listing:

Saturday 3/21/2009

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.

34 comments Add your comment

Atlanta of Decatur

March 20th, 2009
4:53 pm

WOW she skipped town on here own gig, I guess she set this up because she is a fraud like NE Ne is…

stan

March 20th, 2009
5:21 pm

these women are idiots!!!!!!!!!!

Chris

March 20th, 2009
5:32 pm

Can you blame her after being around all of those thugs?

Dee

March 20th, 2009
5:40 pm

Nothing cease to amaze me anymore about these women. This lady strives on class but her actions should be considered low budget class!

Joe

March 20th, 2009
5:45 pm

That fat ass had to leave for a wig fitting.

Scottbravesfan

March 20th, 2009
5:51 pm

Why do people like this get put in the paper and publicized? Just ignore them and they will go away!

Realist

March 20th, 2009
5:56 pm

WHO CARES?!?!?!??!

ihorizon

March 20th, 2009
6:40 pm

This is my first time hearing about the Monkee’s shoe store at Sugarloaf and I hope it fairs well as I live nearby. I wish Ms. Davenport well in her charitable endeavors. Forgive me, but I am hestitant to contribute or donate to a cause if the co-founders doesn’t take at least a small time out to support this event except in cases of emergencies. Thanks for reading.

RWL1977

March 20th, 2009
7:08 pm

What does she need R&R for? She doesn’t do anything! She is just trash that some how has money. Why are the housewives from Atlanta such a joke? Why can’t we get some rich housewives from here that are hardworking and rich?

Steve

March 20th, 2009
7:10 pm

Shallow is, as Shallow does . . .
.

GT92

March 20th, 2009
7:31 pm

AJC: As a loyal subsciber (25 years+), I beg you, for the love of God, please stop reporting on those bimbos!!!!! WHO CARES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

angrymeatball

March 20th, 2009
9:19 pm

Another over paid cow with the personality of a dial-tone and the intelligence of a flea becomes news. No wonder other countries think we are stupid, fat and lazy.

Atlantaguy

March 21st, 2009
2:39 am

If you’re going to try to get a celeb to push for a charity, WHY would you pick ANY of the “women” from the Atlanta Housewives series? Trash trash trash all the way. Go to any prison and find a Rapper and you’d have a higher class of person than most of these hooker… er… “ladies”.

James

March 21st, 2009
4:20 am

What a relief! I was starting to worry that there wouldn’t be any plot twists and turns on the show next season.

tricia

March 21st, 2009
8:48 am

Going to the islands for some mental r andr,what a phony,i was a battered woman who hasn’t been paid court orderd child support for almost 3 years and my daughter and i have gone thru hell and we would really deserve to go to the isands for mental and physical relaxation but i have no money and still suffering from “mental”and legal abuse! She is a poor excuse for a woman or mother and should be ashamed of herself to even be allowed in the same room with women who have really suffered annd then run off for relaxation!She needs to look in the mirror and see that she is not a wife or fundraiser ,but she is a parasite using others suffering for pr purposes.bravo should reconsider using this harlot as a representation of atl women.SHE IS PITIFUL

Ga. Girl

March 21st, 2009
9:13 am

Kim is a wanna be. There is nothing to her. They all want to jump on the charity wagon to make themselves look good. The Atlanta housewifes are an embarrassment to the state of Ga. I watch all the housewife shows but this one is by far the worst one since day one. I think Kim and the rest of the crew should all go an stay in the Bahamas. I agree with another writer, why does she need to relax, she does nothing!!!!!

rj

March 21st, 2009
9:53 am

i bet she was table dancing yesterday and got an offer to fly down to the bahamas this weekend – maybe she will be able to buy a Smart car with the gratuity she will receive?

Tweetie

March 21st, 2009
10:08 am

Wasn’t Kim the same one who talked bad about NeNe when she started her foundation. Remember the conversation between Kim and Shree? Wow, now she’s obviously “swagga jacking” – trying to take NeNe’s style and make it her own.

Wow!

March 21st, 2009
10:57 am

Kim is a bigger joke than all the others…she’s such a wannabee. And in her own warped mind, she THINKS she’s a star. Of what? How about focusing on your children and LESS on your self-promotion. Ugggh, Atlanta is turning into such a disappointment.

a

March 21st, 2009
12:07 pm

Enter your comments here

Why???

March 21st, 2009
12:34 pm

Why am I not surprised??? Kim is so superficial. I love Rosa Mexicano and frequent the restaurant often. I was told that Kim was very pompous during her imprompt taping. Kim’s ignorant comments about mixing the guac with a rock have influenced others to think the guac is mixed with a rock. Monkee’s of Sugarloaf may be thankful that she isn’t appearing after all.

Honeydew

March 21st, 2009
2:25 pm

to Chris- Kim was not around any darn thugs….they are ALL wanna-be celebrities.. their reality show has nothing to do with Kim not showing up for a charity event. If you did not have something sensible to say, you should have not replied.

deegee

March 21st, 2009
5:37 pm

Why would anyone think that these self absorbed, self interested pieces of trash would have anyone’s interest at heart except their own?

chris has nerve

March 21st, 2009
6:16 pm

Chris – Interesting how because Kim is around black people they are all thugs. Nevermind the fact that she can’t spell cat (K-A-T). She can’t sing. She is having an affair. She drives around with a wine glass in her car and is pure trash. No of those things have to do with black people or even thugs for that matter. The girl is ignorant all on her own. Help your peeps Chris !

Black Girl

March 21st, 2009
8:30 pm

These women are no different than the other housewives. They’re all full of drama which is why you watch the show! And thugs…Chris please! Madoff is a thug…but of course since he’s white you’ll have a different name for him! I

julian

March 21st, 2009
8:50 pm

She’s an idiot, what do u expect? What has she ever done that can be considered an accomplishment?

Jack McMillan

March 21st, 2009
11:16 pm

Adulteress Kim is fake from head to toe. Inside and out!
I have never watched the show but I have yet to figure who has bigger issues, the women on the show(especially this bimbo Kim) or the idiots that watch it.
Tell this tramp that her 15 minutes of fame has been up. I have more respect for the
octamom than this adulteress tramp.

Jaci Shiendling, Beauty Within

March 22nd, 2009
8:41 am

I am the person who orchestrated this event and I am here to report that we collected more shoes than ever imagined. The turnout was fantastic. The outpouring of support from our Atlanta women is enough to make us all feel proud! Cori and Susan, the co-founders of Shoes for Shattered Hearts, were at the event for over 4 hours and personally greeted and thanked every single person who came by Monkee’s of Sugarloaf to donate shoes. Let’s not forget the real classy women of Atlanta. I am extremely grateful for all the help I had in putting this event together, and I am walking away feeling extremely proud that we will make a difference in a battered woman’s life by giving her a “foot in the right direction.”

Dano

March 22nd, 2009
10:00 am

Hey Rodney – you got a link to your story from TMZ:

http://www.tmz.com/2009/03/21/real-housewife-real-selfish/

tweety

March 22nd, 2009
11:10 am

The name of this show should be called…Drama Queens of Atlanta!!!!!!

smarty

March 22nd, 2009
12:15 pm

You can’t cure stupidity. WGT…white ghetto trash.

Bravo Tidbits

March 23rd, 2009
8:24 pm

[...] Housewife of Atlanta Kim Zolciak continues to be the classy broad she is and flaked on a fund raising event for her charity to go catch some rays in the Bahamas. That intense schedule of doing nothing really wore her out. [...]

nativegirl

March 26th, 2009
1:28 pm

I was so excited about this show in concept. But what a huuuuge disappointment it was. The RH of OC featured California girls doing California things, the RH of NY – same thing NY girls doing NY things. Why not a Southern version?? None of these women are southern!!! They’re all from somewhere else. Why did they save this crap for RH of the NFL/NBA. This crap is so not a representation of Atlanta housewives. You want southern drama – film a Sunday dinner where your husband is a mama’s boy & and married beneath himself meanwhile her daughter got arrested last night for meth possession. RHofA is a funny, entertaining show, but why did they feel the need to feature trash because they came south?

Joanne

August 17th, 2009
9:08 pm

Why is this white female, Kim, who is not a wife and nothing about her is real–even on this program? Not one of the other “Housewives,” has a black woman or any woman of color on the program.
Every episode of “ghettoish” behavior involves Kim. I notice the reference to the other ATL ladies as “thugs” and “ghetto.” The words are referencing intelligent, educated, self-motivated black women who have become involved with a white woman beneath their social and values circle. Only “white
supremacists,’ think this way.