accessAtlanta

City & State or ZIP Tonight, this weekend, May 5th...
City & State or ZIP
City & State or ZIP Tonight, this weekend, May 5th...
City & State or ZIP

Atlanta’s *real* real housewives chair Atlanta Botanical Garden ball

Photo by Jim Fitts

Photo by Jim Fitts

Atlanta’s real “real housewives” do not yank each other’s hair or cause scenes in restaurants. They work hard to raise funds and awareness for worthy causes. While nice people doing good things don’t seem to merit reality television contracts for some strange reason, we were happy to spend some time with sisters Paula Dickey and Kim Lape the other day. The philanthropic powerhouses, shown in this photo at the right, are lending their considerable talents to this year’s Garden of Eden Ball, planned for 6:30 p.m. Sept. 29 to benefit the Atlanta Botanical Garden. The annual event is one of Atlanta’s loveliest charity galas, but things are going to be a little bit different this year. While Kathy Rainer and Tricky Wolfe are spearheading the decor as usual, the event has no single honoree this time. Dickey and Lape explained that the gala, themed “A Celebration of Seasons,” is meant to thank patrons following the conclusion of the garden’s successful capital campaign, which resulted in a new visitor center, parking facility, canopy walk and new garden areas. Because everyone’s support helped the garden meet its goals, the event salutes everyone who contributed to the ABG’s $55 million New Seasons capital campaign. Make your reservations by calling 404-591-1537 or online at atlantabotanicalgarden.org. Honorees will be in good company. The host committee includes Meg and Jeff Arnold, Wendy and Neal Aronson, Mary Bray, Amy and Hardy Brumfield, Aimee and Tom Chubb, Michea and Patrick Duffy, Caroline and Mike Fierman, Jennifer and Marty Flanagan, Marie and Brad Foster, Mary Frances and Tom Garrett, Kristen and Duncan Gibbs, Lucy Inman, Tonia and Vince Kenny, Jim Landon, Stacey and Don Leebern, Valerie and David Love, Lorri and Forrest McClain, Ginger Molloy, Katie and Slater Nalley, Kim and Clay Nalley, Anna and Richard Pare, Beth and David Park, Wanda and Kenny Rogers, Dr. Karin L. Smithson, Barbara and Julian Sparkes, Michelle and Steve Sullivan, Leslie and David Wierman and Dina Woodruff. The black-tie event begins with cocktails in the Levy Parterre followed by a three-course seated dinner and dancing. Each guest leaves with an exclusive new “hot off the press” publication detailing the Atlanta Botanical Garden’s achievements following the capital campaign. – Jennifer Brett/The Buzz/jbrett@ajc.com

31 comments Add your comment

Stonethrower

August 17th, 2012
2:13 pm

Is this thing working?

Out of it, obviously

August 17th, 2012
4:15 pm

Is this a new reality show? If so, what is the network, date and time of the show? Thanks.

The truth b told

August 17th, 2012
4:20 pm

Just one of these ladies have more education than ALL the RHO?, it’s starts with upbringing.

Chaz

August 17th, 2012
4:57 pm

Is the big blond haired dude going to help. I think his name is Tim Zolak, or something like that. You know the one with the huge Adams Apple.

[...] Atlanta's *real* real housewives chair Atlanta Botanical Garden ball The philanthropic powerhouses, shown in this photo at the right, are lending their considerable talents to this year's Garden of Eden Ball, planned for 6:30 p.m. Sept. 29 to benefit the Atlanta Botanical Garden. The annual event is one of Atlanta's … Read more on Atlanta Journal Constitution (blog) [...]

Moterox

August 17th, 2012
5:48 pm

These ladies wouldn’t be caught dead on such filth. People always ask why they couldn’t get ‘real’ housewives on RHOA. It’s because the trash that’s on there are the only ones willing to do it.

Kevin

August 17th, 2012
7:31 pm

Funny, I don’t give a rat’s behind about these fake gold diggers either. The real heroes are out in the field trying to make a difference and not trying to look good raising money via a society event.

Chaz

August 17th, 2012
9:46 pm

Moterox- exactly, Some of the real, real housewives (not these nice ladies in the story) of Atlantta, husbands pick up golf balls with their rears and expose themselves (allegedly) at the Piedmont Driving Club. They are much classier than the trash on the tv show!

Lucy

August 17th, 2012
9:48 pm

While I enjoy the entertainment attached to the “Real Housewives of Atlanta”, I’ve never felt that those women represent Atlanta at all. I was born and raised here and have never seen anything like them in my life. Again, they are funny to me and I do watch them. However, I am glad to see that there are some women that do in fact “rise up and represent”. Good job.

LaRita

August 17th, 2012
10:00 pm

And the for real real housewives work many hours a week, sit in traffic,pick up kids, send them to their activities, help them with homework, study online degrees, save money in their retirement plans, cook dinners, sneak in zumba, and occasionally watch reality TV shows to see how they are being portrayed… every now and then a vacation is taken or there are a few girls night out events to share in…I’m sure many people can relate to some of this in Atlanta…

Mi Hard on

August 17th, 2012
10:28 pm

Oh no she didint. Where is Ne Ne and big Marlow-low? Dis anit HappeN

Bro-Ham

August 18th, 2012
4:03 am

The Real Housewives of Atlanta does represent a lot of the women in Atlanta (maybe even the majority). Most women in Atlanta are trashy and materialistic; especially the unmarried ones.

Anne

August 18th, 2012
7:29 am

Thank you LaRita you said it all. REAL housewives do laundry, pay bills, lay away at night worrying about their children, money etc.

Working Lady

August 18th, 2012
7:47 am

As a real native Atlantan, I am so happy that some of the real real women of Atlanta are highlighted. I sincerely hope that those that watch reality TV realize that this great city has diversity that includes clowns that sell their souls for a check to aid low self esteem and lack of class like those on Bravo; those that lend their wealth and time to charities; those that work hard to support their families; and those that actually have husbands that make them housewives.

Mark

August 18th, 2012
8:29 am

Who gives a hell? You people need to get lives and stop watching so much TV.

OTDR

August 18th, 2012
9:19 am

Jennifer Brett, does the AJC actually pay you a salary for such stories at this?

Opinion

August 18th, 2012
9:50 am

These women in the picture are probably very nice ladies, but they don’t represent Atlanta.. I’m not trying to make this a racial issue by any menas, but EVERYBODY knows that the Metro Atlanta area is a very african american dominated city.. It just makes you wonder why there are no African American females that are in this picture.. The Atlanta area is at least 70% African American and it just makes me wnder why…

Opinion

August 18th, 2012
9:56 am

I’m not saying that there are not other races in Atlanta that shouldn’t be applauded, I was just saying to put a picture up of what represents Atlanta women, and not have a African American face in the pic, especially when the city is nearly 70% African American, is unjustful..

Cookie

August 18th, 2012
10:15 am

Thank you Opinion! I don’t want to make this racial either, but where are the women of color? Granted, the RHOA do not represent Atlanta but neither do these women….sorry

OpinionIAgree

August 18th, 2012
10:26 am

I agree with Opinion. These women “nice” as they may be do not represent the Housewives of ATL. There are plenty of women out there that donate their time and energy to causes that do not bring in MILLIONS of dollars from their high end exclusive friends,connections and BENEFITS of being married to a” whose who!” If the AJC wants to “Showcase” the housewives of ATL look at ALL LEVELS of economics not just the ones at $1500 for two tickets.

Opinion

August 18th, 2012
10:31 am

Interesting…friends of mine contacted the AJC about a teen concert that would benefit a charity and got ZERO response. This concert represented good Atlanta teens donating their time to perform to help raise money for underprivileged kids. BUT I guess a bunch WEALTHY ladies helping to keep flowers blooming was more important to interview…

Suzzane

August 18th, 2012
12:22 pm

Are these the “Real housewives of Atlanta” because they are white and rich?

Ronda

August 18th, 2012
1:23 pm

@LaRita!! I could not have said it better myself!! I’m a real housewife and I do it all:-) @Suzzane, right, that was my question too.

Danny

August 18th, 2012
2:45 pm

I want a TV show with real acting, script writing, production, etc. I don’t want to know about anybody’s personal life anymore. I don’t care, take all this stupid shows off. Reality Shows are bottom feeder production where they don’t want to pay real talent. urgh.

rlm

August 18th, 2012
3:51 pm

This was nice, please have a paragraph each week with a real Atlanta housewife. Try every once in a while not to have just society housewives. Although most chairs of society wives do not get there by just paying money dues. There are little league moms, Pta moms and volunteer moms who are unsung.

Always the race card...

August 18th, 2012
5:16 pm

Opinion, OpinionIAgree, Cookie, and Suzzane, you are so wrong, those are the examples of real housewives in Atlanta. You wouldn’t now that, because you’re too busy complaining that you’re of some ethnicity. It’s funny how you say they’re not real women of this city because they’re white? Then one complains that it’s unfair, because of their social status to help their agenda and philanthropy. WOW. Moreover, Atlanta is not 70% black – you should get your facts straight.

You people who are mentioned above obviously have no idea of what it takes to be of such stature and that position in life. People do charities all the time, do they all get attention? Nope, but the ones that serve the community’s best interest does.

As a native Georgian, and lifetime resident, these are the women, and type of women that I know to be the examples of proper women of Atlanta. If you want the recognition that these women have, you should take note of their actions.

wyroby z betonu

August 18th, 2012
7:34 pm

I like what you guys are up also. Such clever work and reporting! Keep up the superb works guys I’ve incorporated you guys to my blogroll. I think it’ll improve the value of my web site :) .

OpinionIAgree

August 18th, 2012
8:36 pm

@always the race card…lol…seems to me YOU have the race issues..PLEASE tell me WHERE in my post I reference RACE?

By the way how does saving a garden full of flowers help to “serve the communities best interest.” Gardening has always been regarded in SOCIETY as a well kept woman’s hobbie of choice. in reality there are far more COMMUNITY reaching activities that BENEFIT all!!!

always the race card…

August 18th, 2012
9:12 pm

“By the way how does saving a garden full of flowers help to “serve the communities best interest.” ” well, if you actually were a philanthropist you’d know that that the ABGs hosts many benefits and fundraisers. It’s also an Atlanta attraction that brings money for the city. It’s a an educational center, art attraction host, displays gardens from around the world, and hosts some of the most exotic and rare flora, fauna, and arbors.

Explain what is better than that for our community that you participate in…

If you had proper reading and comprehension, you would of known that I wasn’t referring to you specifically in context about the race card. Albeit, you certainly jumped on the I agree idiot wagon pretty quickly.

“Gardening has always been regarded in SOCIETY as a well kept woman’s hobbie of choice.” I can’t believe you even typed this, way to set women back, and yourself by your own words. Moreover, it’s childish to capitalize words in a sentence.

wyroby z betonu

August 19th, 2012
5:25 am

What i don’t realize is in truth how you are now not actually much more smartly-appreciated than you might be right now. You’re so intelligent. You already know thus significantly in relation to this topic, produced me personally believe it from so many numerous angles. Its like women and men don’t seem to be interested except it is one thing to accomplish with Woman gaga! Your individual stuffs outstanding. All the time deal with it up!

OpinionIAgree

August 19th, 2012
5:49 pm

Lol..my oh my “Always The Race Card ” how you have changed your tune…finally speaking with some degree of intelligence..my next suggestion don’t use “always the race card” again..that truly reflects a classless reality show type of mentality! PS WHEN someone types words in a comment it is to indicate a stress on the word..just an FYI for you to learn from.