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"Real Housewives" invade one ETX school for good cause

If you're a fan of reality TV, you've surely seen one long-running hit -- The Real Housewives.

And one East Texas school is taking that idea to a new level.

The All Saints Episcopal School in Tyler is holding its spring gala this weekend.

And they figured, what better way to raise money and have a good time than to introduce East Texas to their own housewives. But they aren't the kind of housewives you've seen on TV.

"Well we wanted to show that the women and the moms here at All Saints, they're real people, and they all do different things in the community and at their churches, and so we thought it would be a really good idea just to show the community what great women we have at All Saints and make it into a fun event in the meantime," said Julie Bernard, All Saints Episcopal School's Coordinator of Fundraising Events.

Twenty women were chosen to represent the school's four main pillars -- academics, athletics, fine arts, and spiritual growth -- and students from the lower, middle, and upper schools.

Lacy Maxey represents her third grade daughter Maggie in the fine arts pillar.

"So I got on board, I thought it was a great idea, a fun way to raise money, a fun way to get everybody involved. You don't have to be in the All Saints community. You get your friends, you put it on Facebook, you reach out to everybody you know so everybody gets to be involved," Maxey said.

But she says this competition hasn't quite been like what you've seen on TV.

"No catfights, no," she said, laughing. "We have all, even though it's a competition and you're trying to win your pillar, we have all worked together. We have all been very supportive of each other and each other's ideas."

And at the end of the day, school officials say it's all about a community caring and providing for its students.

"The reason we're putting on this event is not just to show how important education is at All Saints, but we're trying to get behind education and show the community of East Texas how important education is in general for students, whether they're home-schooled, they're at public school or private school, it's just important," Maxey said.

The All Saints spring gala is this Saturday night at 5:30 at the school's athletic center.

Dress is formal. There will be a cocktail hour, a live and silent auction, a car raffle, and the 5 winning housewives will be named -- one from each pillar and an overall top housewife.

You can go online to www.all-saints.org today and tomorrow to learn more about your favorite housewife and vote for who you think should win.

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