‘Mob Wives’ star Drita D’Avanzo told Hollywoodlife.com EXCLUSIVELY how she was affected by Hurricane Sandy, what she’s doing to help those in need, and how YOU can be a part of it and meet her!
Drita D’Avanzo might be one feisty woman on television but off-screen she truly has a heart of gold! After seeing the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, specifically in her hometown of Staten Island, Drita knew something needed to be done.
“Can you believe what happened?,” Drita said immediately as we spoke. “I took it very personal. This is my neighborhood. This is where I grew up…my closest friend lost everything she had.”
Being a block away from the ocean, Drita said that she expected her house to be gone. Thankfully, Drita only lost power and was unable to get gas for her car.
To avoid the storm and what was thought to be a washed-away house, Drita weathered the storm at her parent’s house. Unlike those who are still without power, Drita’s parent’s were lucky enough to have their power restored soon after the storm.
“My parents power came on early. I honestly wish it didn’t because I got to watch the news,” Drita said. “I was crying every day all day because no one else was seeing the effects of the aftermath. I was watching it. I was trembling. It was so scary. It’s still so scary. It was scary and then when you see it in real life it’s even more scary.”
It was at that point she had an idea — she was going to help those in need. She might sometimes resent the fame that Mob Wives has brought her way, but Drita realized she could use it for a better cause.
Drita decided to host a fundraiser to help those that were affected by Hurricane Sandy.
“I do feel when people have [a charity], you give your money and you did your good deed but you don’t see what happened with it,” Drita said. “What I would love to do is film – and I’m not talking Mob Wives – I’m talking my own camera — take it to Costco and take everyone shopping with me. Say I get $10,000 — you see where your money is going and who you’re going to help.”
On Nov. 15, Drita is hosting an event at WIP in New York City from 7 p.m to 10 p.m. A $20 cover charge will be used to buy items needed by Hurricane Sandy victims.
Drita is reaching out to everyone and anyone who will help — longtime friends and family, promoters and those she’s met being involved in the business.
Some names she mentioned that will be there to help out are Mob Wives stars Big Ang and Carla Facciolo and Jersey Shore star Deena Cortese. You can definitely expect performances by Raquel Castro from The Voice, Mike John and Jerid Nowell.
Will you help Drita reach her goal of $10,000 for the victims of Hurricane Sandy, Hollywoodlifers?
— Reporting by Dory Larrabee, Written by Julianna Spence
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