Nearly two years after her Real Housewives of Beverly Hills co-star and friend, Erika Jayne, and her now-estranged husband, Thomas Girardi, were accused of embezzling $2 million in settlement funds from them to support their over-the-top lifestyle, Diana is making a contribution to the group through her new charity, the Sunela Foundation.
“Entrepreneur and philanthropist Sanela Diana Jenkins announced today that she will donate $100,000 to benefit immediate family members of the 189 passengers and crew who were killed in 2018 when Lion Air Flight 610 crashed into the Java Sea shortly after takeoff in Indonesia,” a press release sent to Reality Blurb on September 7 confirmed.
According to the press release, Diana will make the donation through her just-announced Sunela Foundation, which is a partner of GVNG, a nonprofit organization that raises funds for those in need of a helping hand in different locations all around the world.
“I was not aware of this tragedy until it became a topic of conversation on Real Housewives of Beverly Hills,” Diana said in her own statement. “I feel so much sympathy for the widows and orphans left behind. I know firsthand the pain and suffering that accompanies the loss of a family member, having lost my brother in the closing days of the Bosnian War.”
“I want to do what I can to support those people who suffered so much,” she added.
After Diana’s donation and the donations of others who hope to help are received by the Sunela Foundation, they will be transferred and secured by GVNG, which will then forward them to the immediate family members of the Lion Air crash victims.
The press release also confirmed that none of the funds raised for the widows and orphans are related to the ongoing legal drama involving the families, Erika, and Thomas.
In the past several months, the families of the plane crash victims have been fighting for their settlement funds, as have many other former clients of Thomas, who claim he and his now-defunct law firm, Girardi Keese, both of which have been pushed into bankruptcy, also withheld their owed money from them.
The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills season 12 airs Wednesdays at 8/7c on Bravo.