The Real Housewives of D.C., New Kids’ Charity on the Block
It's becoming clear that Stacie Scott Turner is the realest of D.C.'s real housewives (unlike her Bravo co-stars, she actually lives in the District). But is her youth charity just as legit?
Extra-Ordinary Life (XOL) purports to provide "life changing experiences to teen girls in foster care environments that inspire them to DREAM BIG and ACHIEVE." One of the ways the organization inspires kids is by getting them to leave D.C.: "XOL will use travel as a vehicle to reinforce the belief that the 'world is their oyster'," the website says.
But if they're doing much, the city government isn't aware of it. Ward 6 councilman Tommy Wells, chair of the D.C. Council Committee on Human Services, tells City Desk he's never heard of XOL. Neither had several employees at the Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers. That may be because the charity only kicked off in January. That would have been right around the time Turner was filming Real Housewives.
Anne Williams, spokesperson for XOL, says one has nothing to do with the other. "Extra-Ordinary Life has been in the works for quite some time [since 2009], and Stacie saw the opportunity with Real Housewives as an opportunity to leverage the personal exposure she would get from the show to help the efforts of Extra-Ordinary Life," she e-mailed City Desk.
In any event, the charity is poised to pull in beaucoup bucks, especially once tomorrow's episode airs. Williams says things are already going well. "We currently have a number of sponsors including: Cover Girl, BET Networks, Procter & Gamble, and Dell Computers." Recently, the charity sent "8 remarkable young ladies" to South Africa during the 2010 World Cup. Williams says Bravo wasn't around to film the send-off.