"Real Housewives of New Jersey" stars Chris and Albie Manzo took the afternoon off from their busy schedules on- and off-camera to show their support at a Long Island charity golf tournament.
The brothers hosted a putting challenge at the Fore’th Annual Cabrini Open, which supports programs that provide health care, education and social services for the disadvantaged, on Thursday at North Hempstead Country Club in Port Washington.
The afternoon offered a round of golf — including a putting challenge and $50,000 hole-in-one competition — followed by a dinner, cocktails and awards ceremony with live auction and raffles.
“The reason we sign on for a show like ‘Real Housewives of New Jersey’ is to bring awareness to specific causes we believe in,” said Chris Manzo, 23, of Hoboken, N.J.
During the putting challenge, Albie Manzo got closer to the hole than his brother, about 10 inches away. They challenged others to get closer, and five of about 20 competitors accomplished that, receiving raffle tickets for a shot at winning a family portrait worth $5,000.
“There’s a lot of craziness that goes on in the show, but it can be used as a platform to do good and that’s what we’re trying to do today,” said Albie Manzo, 26, of Hoboken, N.J, who runs a business with his brother selling water with special minerals when they’re not on the show. “Our family likes to be involved in all different causes, and Cabrini is a wonderful cause.”
Seventy golfers signed up for the tournament, benefiting the Cabrini Mission Foundation, supporting programs for women, children, immigrants and the elderly, as well as Stella Maris Province of the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in Manhattan.
Nick Vendikos, president and chief executive of the Cabrini Mission Foundation, said with 120 attendees, including former New York Giant Dave Brown, he expected the event to raise $70,000, even with bad weather.
“We try to make it a fundraiser, but also a ‘friendraiser,’ said Vendikos, 43, of Brooklyn. “We use this opportunity to show people what we do and raise the necessary resources we need to keep these programs alive.”
Above: “The Real Housewives of New Jersey” star Albie Manzo, 26, left, hosted a putting challenge with his brother Chris Manzo, 23, at the Fore'th Annual Cabrini Open on Thursday at North Hempstead Country Club in Port Washington. (Oct. 4, 2012)