On Bravo’s “The Real Housewives of Potomac,” cast member Katie Rost is identified as a model-turned-philanthropist who runs her family’s charitable foundation. In the world of reality TV, that means attending glittery events and planning fundraisers.
Aside from conveniently supplying opportunities for drama-laden plot points, the not-quite-a-job provides Rost’s raison d’etre. "I’m a ball and gala girl," Rost boasts in her show-intro tagline. "It’s my legacy and my calling."
In reality—not to be confused with reality TV—her foundation, which is devoted to giving underprivileged kids recreational opportunities, is almost non-functional, having doled out only a few thousand dollars to a smattering of charities over its decade of existence.