story and photos
by Alexis Ann
It was mix and mingle with the Housewives at Foxwoods Resort Casino on Sunday, November 8th, and I was asked to tag along with Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation Tribal Elders Sharon Porter and Cheryl Martin. The meet and greet brunch was fabulous and the Housewives were outgoing, and real. I wouldn’t have missed it.
Alex McCord is a busy Manhattan career woman working in the visual merchandising world. In her busy life, she manages to juggle being a mother to her two children, Francois and Johan, a wife to her devoted husband and constant sidekick Simon van Kempen and a thriving social calendar.
Ramona Singer continues to be focused on her career running her business R.M.S. Fashions, as well as, her successful line of jewelry, “True Faith.” Always the entrepreneur, she’s constantly busy with new business ventures. Ramona loves to travel with her tennis player husband Mario, and watch her 13 year old daughter, Avery, grow up right before her eyes. Always the fiery one, life with Ramona is never dull, as she continues to keep everyone in check.
Teresa Giudice is a true Jersey girl born and raised. Her parents emigrated from Italy and raised both Teresa and her brother Giuseppe in an Italian Catholic home. She grew up playing house with her now husband of eight years, Joe, and are in the process of building their own massive dream home. Teresa, for now a stay at home mom, spends her time raising their
three beautiful daughters Gia, Gabriella, and Milania. She manages each of the girls’ busy schedules, shuffling them from dance, gymnastics, acting, voice, and guitar lessons – and Teresa herself teaches them all how to be “fabulous.” She’s also involved in community service, and serves as a committee member for Project Ladybug, a foundation created by Dina Manzo, friend and fellow housewife.
The epitome of a strong New Jersey woman, Caroline Manzo is a devoted wife and mother of three, who always puts her family first while making time for her career. Married for more than 25 years, her husband Albert runs a very successful catering facility, The Brownstone. Caroline tries to instill the value of both book smarts and street smarts in her children, Albie, Christopher and Lauren. Caroline is also the owner of two successful businesses, Opus Properties, a real estate firm, and 4 My Mom, a children’s accessories line. In addition, she serves on the board of her sister, Dina’s foundation, Project Ladybug and is affiliated with The Carolyn Gable Expect A Miracle Foundation, which helps single mothers.