Ramona Singer Fights Back!
One bottle at a time…
It was a one-two punch that nobody saw coming…not even Jill Zarin could predict this…
The battle continues to boil on and off screen among the cast mates of “The Real Housewives of New York.” This season Ramona Singer consistently entertains fans weekly with her “Ra-motional” breakdowns and “Pinot induced rants,” mainly directed at her raven-haired co-stars. “I don’t know how to lie, I definitely have this unedited mouth, it keeps going,” said Singer. Yet, surprisingly there is a much more serious battle Ramona has fought and finally won.
The leader of Team Blonde told me, “I grew up in an abusive family. I saw my mother getting physically abused and emotionally abused every day of my life. I remember being two years old trying to call the police.”
Now, Ramona has won one of her biggest lifelong battles…with herself.
“There was no communication in my house. So when someone says ‘How are you feeling today?’ I don’t know how to feel. I’m just hiding in the freaking blanket hoping my father doesn’t go to me. So I’m just learning how to talk about how I feel. Yes, I can talk about bullshit stuff, superficial crap, but emotional stuff I’m learning.”
This season Ramona admits, “I was really being vulnerable, and showing myself. That’s what I’m learning this year, is (to) try to be more me.”
Ramona’s ability to accept her past pain and learn how to let go of the abuse motivated her to share her story in hopes of inspiring others and giving back, one “bottle” at a time.
The self-made entrepreneur runs jewelry and skincare lines, and makes her own Pinot Grigio. “I always tell my daughter do things that you’re passionate about, that you love and understand,” said Singer. She also added, “I really understand great wine and Mario (Ramona’s husband) helped me. Actually he encouraged me.”
Ramona was so inspired by her life experience she has chosen to embark on a victory tour joining the fight against domestic violence across several cities around the country including Chicago, Atlanta, California and Dallas. She will host “wine signings” and donate two dollars a bottle to benefit domestic violence shelters. This Saturday, June 18, from 4 to 6 p.m., Singer will be signing bottles of her Ramona Pinot Grigio at Herbert & Rist Wine Shop on Jobs Lane in Southampton. Two dollars of each bottle sold over the weekend will be donated to benefit The Retreat Domestic Violence Services.
If you can’t make it to this Saturday’s wine signing, you can join Ramona and hubby Mario in the fight against Domestic Violence by attending The Retreat’s 16th Annual Artists Against Abuse Gala, Saturday, June 25, at the Ross School Lower Campus Field House, 739 Butter Lane, Bridgehampton. The celebrity hosts for the evening are Alexandra Wentworth and George Stephanopoulos. The Hope Award Honoree is Mariska Hargitay and I am honored to be Mistress of Ceremonies for the evening. The festivities kick off with a cocktail party and silent auction from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Post drinks, a sit-down dinner and Live Art Auction with Christie’s Sara Friedlander will follow. Ramona is donating a VIP gift basket packed with goodies from her jewelry and skincare collections, plus several bottles of autographed Pinot. We hear if the basket goes for more than 15K, Ramona will include a personal “Turtle Time” dance tutorial.
Tickets start at $250 per person and can be purchased by going to this link: www.artistsagainstabuse.com.
Gina Glickman Giordan is a TV Host, News Correspondent, Executive Producer and founder of GMG Entertainment. Watch Glickman’s exclusive celebrity interviews and event-life coverage series, “In The Mixx,” on People Magazine TV, Hamptons Magazine TV and www.DansHamptons.com. [\expand]