Real Housewives of New York City star Bethenny Frankel has thrown herself into her charity work since the shocking death of her on-again, off-again boyfriend, Dennis Shields. And, last week she talked about her latest project — working on Hurricane Florence relief efforts.
Frankel recently told Fox Business channel’s Maria Bartiromo about her crisis intervention charity, B Strong initiative, and said that she is currently helping hurricane victims in the Carolinas by giving cash cards to the victims of the disaster.
“Each disaster has different needs. It’s often tampons, hygiene, alcohol, Band-Aids, toothpaste…, things that people don’t really think about,” said Frankel.
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This is the first interview that Bethenny has given since Shields’ death last month from a suspected overdose.
On Friday morning, August 10, police and EMT’s found Shields unresponsive in his million-dollar Trump Tower apartment in New York City. It is suspected that he overdosed on prescription pills. According to reports, Shields asked his assistant to give him Narcan — which is an emergency treatment for an opioid overdose — because he thought his life was in danger.
However, he did not get the medicine in time.
During the Fox interview, Bartiromo gave the SkinnyGirl mogul her condolences for Shields’ passing, and Frankel replied that altruistic work inspired the both of them. She said that he was a “doer” and he loved doing these things [charity work], and they would have been talking about this project.
“This is for Dennis, also,” she said.
Gregory Broccoli, one of Shields’ colleagues for more than 20 years, recently said that he believes Shields’ death was accidental because he doesn’t think the successful businessman would have taken his own life. He said there was “no way it was intentional,” and it is impossible because he had way too much on his agenda.
Frankel implied that Shields would have been right there with her working on Hurricane Florence.
This isn’t the first hurricane that the B Strong initiative has worked with the victims. Last year, Frankel also helped out victims of Hurricanes Harvey and Maria in Houston and Puerto Rico. She recalled that on her first trip to Puerto Rico, she was told she couldn’t go because the conditions were dangerous due to lack of running water and a power grid.
However, she had made up her mind that she was going to help clean up the mess, and she left two weeks later. The money that B Strong raised for Puerto Rico was the largest private relief effort in the United States at the time, but President Trump never reached out to Frankel.
But she says that it isn’t interesting enough for the POTUS to say anything. However, it would have been nice to be acknowledged.
Bethenny Frankel is set to return in new episodes of Real Housewives of New York City next spring.