The Real Housewives of New Jersey Season Three Premiere Party at the Brownstone was an evening of flashbulbs, photos and fabulous fashion.
The Housewives and their families — with the exception of Teresa Giudice, who had her own party at Tribecca in Fort Lee — graced the red carpet in the atrium of the Manzo family's catering hall in Paterson, answering questions for Bravo TV reporters and talking about the upcoming show.
All of the Housewives present agreed that watching the premiere was an emotional experience. Melissa Gorga noted that if you didn't cry by the end of the episode you "must be made of stone."
Jacqueline Laurita and Caroline Manzo both agreed the episode was hard for them to watch. But you have to "take the ride with us," Manzo said.
The proceeds from the party are going to a few different charities, incluing the Wounded Warrior Project, To Write Love on Her Arms and Stop Child Trafficking Now.
The Wounded Warrior Project, a nonprofit organization that's goal is to empower wounded warriors, raise awareness and enlist the public’s aid for the needs of injured service members.
The group's ultimate hope is to foster the most successful, well-adjusted generation of wounded warriers in this nation's history. The Manzo family has been supporting the Wounded Warrior Project with sales. According to Ray Lill of the Knights of Columbus, the Housewives are also competing in a Tank Pull on June 26 to raise more funds for the Wounded Warriors.
To Write Love on Her Arms is a nonprofit that raises awareness for depression, addiction, self-injury and suicide prevention. The group invests in treament and recovery for those afflicted, noted Katie Nakken, the booking and event coordinator for TWLOHA. Nakken explained the organization became involved with the Housewives through Ashlee Holmes (Jacqueline Laurita's daughter), who has been helping to raise funds for TWLOHA.
Stop Child Trafficking Now is a volunteer-run organization focused on elimating the child sex slave trade by stopping the demand for it. The group uses Special Ops and Navy SEALs to go after preditors. According to Ruth Byington, National Walk Coordinator for Stop Child Trafficking Now, a child sex preditor can have as many as 400 victims before being caught. The organization is based in the United States, but is expanding internationally.
Guests, who paid between $75 and $200 for tickets to the premiere party, enjoyed popcorn and cotton candy, along with cake and desserts at the party, and got to mingle with the Housewives and their families before watching the show on a movie screen in the ballroom.