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Did A Charity Lie About Kenya Moore’s Missing Donation?

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By Glenda Warren

If you’re a fan of the Real Housewives of Atlanta then undoubtedly you saw the recent episode in which Kenya Moore hosted a charity masquerade event in which Kenya stated that she would donate part of the proceeds to a local charity, Saving Our Daughters, in honor or her co-star NeNe Leakes. Well, the event appeared to be successful, however, the charity who would be the beneficiary of the event via a statement they placed on their website stated that they never received the charitable donation from Ms. Moore.

The Founder and CEO, Curtis Benjamin released this statement via their website:

“To protect the integrity of Saving Our Daughters, our records show that we did not receive any of the proceeds raised from Ms. Moore’s masquerade ball.”

To all of our sponsors, contributors and friends

On February 16, 2014, Saving Our Daughters was mentioned on the episode of Real Housewives of Atlanta as being honored with a fundraiser on its behalf.

Our charity was contacted by publicist April Love to get approval and give notice of this upcoming event. Much to our delight, we were indeed honored to be chosen. After all, one of our largest financial contributors, Mrs. NeNe Leakes, who has been responsible for contributions in the thousands of dollars throughout the years, is a member of the cast. Days later, to our surprise Ms. Love did contact me and inform me that she had decided to terminate her company’s involvement with this event. At that point, Ms. Moore contacted me to continue moving forward with the event as purposed and planned. This call took place a day before the event was scheduled to take place. Upon seeing the event unfold on TV, it was noticed that Ms. Kenya Moore stated that she was giving this charitable event in honor of Mrs. Leakes, with Saving Our Daughters as the recipient of the proceeds from the charity event. Honorees at this point were switched without our knowledge, but again, we are appreciative of any and all support for the organization. Had we been made aware that this fundraising event was in honor of Mrs. Leakes, we certainly would have been present with the plaques and certificates of appreciation that we currently have to present to Mrs. Leakes for her outstanding efforts and support for Saving Our Daughters. This would have been the perfect opportunity for us to honor her, as well.

We were not aware of this and it appears that Mrs. Leakes wasn’t aware either. The light in which Saving Our Daughters was depicted was less than favorable. The organization received several calls from other supporters about our involvement in this event. They were extremely disappointed and felt that the organization was being taken advantage of. We go on record by stating that we at Saving our Daughters have never and will not ever be involved in any drive where the exact purpose is not clear, stated or held to with only approved changes. We would not ever jeopardize our continuing support from our friends by being a part of what appears to have been tainted from the start.

In closing, Ms. Kenya Moore stated that thousands of dollars were raised at this event. To protect the integrity of Saving Our Daughters, our records show that we did not receive any of the proceeds raised from Ms. Moore’s masquerade ball. However, we do appreciate the contribution we did receive of $500 for our annual Christmas doll drive for children with cancer.

We tried to reach out to Kenya Moore, who was away in Lagos, Nigeria at the writing of this article, but she did not respond. She did, however, take to Twitter to defend herself from followers who went on the attack once news broke concerning the claims by the charity.

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Just before posting the tweet, Ms. Moore leaked evidence of the completed donation to B. Scott. The documentation included screenshots of text messages and copies of cleared checks proving that some money had in fact been received by the charity, Saving Our Daughters.

To view the evidence, click here.

As the day progressed, people following this unfolding story began to send to the B. Scott website more enlightening information about the Saving Our Daughters organization. In particular, proof was revealed that the charity lost its 501(c)3 charitable status back in May 2013 and may be scheduled for an IRS audit. To read more about that story, click here.

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Glenda Warren is an experienced marketing and communications professional that provides social commentary, self-help, tips, and reports news of events that matter to African Americans.