Talk about cold-hearted! “The Real Housewives of New Jersey” cast members Teresa Guidice and Caroline Manzo won’t support a 6-year-old boy with cancer — who likely has just months to live — without their hefty appearance fee.
This Friday, Prudential Realty’s Lyndhurst and Rutherford offices are hosting a Halloween party that will raise funds for Christopher DiMartino,
a New Jersey tyke who’s suffered from cancer since the age of 3 and
will lose the battle soon if he doesn’t receive money for chemotherapy. Salvatore Scirica,
the real estate salesman hosting the dinner, thought to bring in “The
Real Housewives” stars to attract more donors.
After all, the DiMartinos
had relied on Manzo’s family before: In 2009, they held a fundraiser at
the Brownstone, the restaurant co-owned by Caroline’s husband, Albert,
and featured on the Bravo show.
Scirica asked Metropolis Nights editor Chaunce Hayden
to reach out to Manzo and Guidice. Both requests were ignored by the
reality stars. “It was crickets,” Hayden told Confidenti@l. When he
asked a mutual friend for an explanation, Hayden got the hard truth.
“They don’t do anything anymore unless they are getting paid,” the
mutual friend told Hayden. “End of story.”
But providing “The Real Housewives” stars with their fees is out of the question.
“We’re not gonna pay them. We’re gonna give the DiMartino family the
money,” Scirica told Confidenti@l. “They lost the house over this, and
insurance won’t carry the chemo.”
“They’re from New Jersey; they’re 10 minutes away from the restaurant!”
Scirica added. “Sometimes, the fame goes to their [Manzo and Giudice’s]
A source told Confidenti@l that appearance fees for “The Real Housewives” cast members can be anywhere from $3,000 to $30,000.
The venue, Euro Lounge Cafe, is providing the space and catering for just part of the revenue, and Ciroc (which Sean (Diddy) Combs has stake in) has agreed to provide the vodka. Tickets can be purchased by calling (201) 494-0679 .
A spokesperson for Manzo said, “She has never been contacted by these
people.” A rep for Guidice did not respond to a request for comment.