On Friday October 11th The Robinson Network along with New Jersey Dining Out Magazine held an event at Son Cubano in West New York, NJ to raise money for Autism Speaks. Headed by Heather Robinson and her husband former NBA star Cliff, The Robinson Network aims to help children’s charities by linking them with athletes who use their clout to raise funds and awareness. The Robinson’s co hosted the event with Dining Out’s publisher Robyn Levy.
The event was highlighted by special guest Austin Neil Orelli, an artist who has the condition. His collection known as The Art of Autism has made him well known. Austin’s paintings were auctioned off in a raffle that evening.
This was the second Robinson Network charity event we have attended. Last year we had the pleasure of going to a Toys for Tots event which was filmed for RHONJ but was edited out of the final cut. The Robinsons were fixtures on RHONJ season 4, most notably in a hot tub scene with the Wakiles and Gorgas. Heather, who most recently appeared on Lifetime’s Million Dollar Shoppers feels the scene was not representative of her as well as her recent turn on the new Lifetime series. MDS tried to make Robinson and her daughter appear overindulged and demanding, not characteristic of a family that runs a Not For Profit.
Having dined with Heather over the summer I can tell you that spoiled is far from the truth. Originally from the Midwest, Heather is down to earth and determined to teach her daughter and twin sons that hard work and humility are important. “My daughter thinks I’m tough on her for insisting she work,” she told me over the summer, “but she needs to know the value of money and that it doesn’t come easy.”
A Franklin Lakes resident, Heather spends a lot of time hanging with the Housewives, though the current cast was absent from her most recent event. “The cameras aren’t rolling and I think they are just laying low and regrouping for now,” she shared. One person who did make an appearance, however, was former RHONJ Danielle Staub, who, though we had only interacted on Twitter, recognized me when we were introduced. Staub lives in the riverfront neighborhood that is the home to Son Cubano. No nonsense, as she was on the show, she whipped me around to take the left side when we were photographed, which happens to be my good side too. Oh well, I had to relent, I wasn’t about to mess with a Jersey Housewife!