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Exclusive: Bravo's 'Mother Funders' preview May 10 about Atlanta PTO moms

By RODNEY HO/ rho@ajc.com, originally filed Friday, May 8, 2015

Bravo already has two successful reality shows out of metro Atlanta: "Married to Medicine" and "Real Housewives of Atlanta." It's shooting for No. 3 with "Mother Funders." A preview will air Sunday at 9:30 p.m. after the finale of season 7 of "Real Housewives."

The show focuses on seven mothers who are part of a PTO in Locust Grove in Henry County. They raise funds for the kids' local elementary school, Bethlehem. The Henry County Schools spokesman told the Henry Herald in April that the producers would not mention the school and would not shoot any scenes inside the school.

Here's how Bravo describes the show in an exclusive preview (exclusive for two hours, that is. The network was kind enough to give me a two-hour advance window from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. EST):

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Despite their personalities, tantrums and outbursts, these ladies have their sights set high to raise and donate $100,000. Through lavish fundraising events from a Black Tie Gala to a Pink Pajama party, these mothers must work together and adhere to the strict rules and high expectations of their demanding commander-in-chief. Catch a glimpse of the strong egos that run this exclusive PTO during a 30-minute preview special airing Sunday, May 10 at 10:30pm ET/PT. 

Meet the Board Members:

Carla Stephens - President

With her son graduating, this is Carla’s last year as President and she is determined to set a fundraising record. Described as the perfect blend of Betty Crocker and a drill sergeant, Carla rules the PTO with an iron fist. Her motto in life is “knowing who you are will help you reject who you are not.”

Shayzon Prince - Vice President

On the PTO board for over three years, Shayzon is the Vice President and Executive Officer of keeping the peace. With a Rolodex full of influencers and celebrities, her fundraisers are always the talk of the town.

Robin Dyke -Volunteer Coordinator

Although Robin is Carla’s nemesis, her expertise in fundraising and marketing are a force to be reckoned with and her efforts bring in big checks and big smiles.  Robin prides herself on her golf game and uses her love for the sport to score huge dollars for the local school.

Amber Bryant - Honorary Volunteer

Married to a former NFL player, Amber is well known in Atlanta's social scene and can raise thousands of dollars with just one phone call. Although she currently doesn’t have a child at the local elementary school, Amber has been designated an honorary member due to her commitment to the school and her connections to wealthy donors.

LaShon Thompson – Secretary

LaShon recently joined the audacious group to sharpen her people skills and serves as the PTO’s secretary. Always striving for her family to succeed, LaShon runs a successful trucking company while also aspiring to open up her own beauty salon and artist management company. (A gossip site says she dated T.I. for four years under the name LaShon Dixon but he isn't allowed to show up on a Bravo show since he is obligated to VH1)

Amber Coulter- Volunteer

Pressured to join the PTO by her husband, Amber is the newest addition to the group and is still adjusting to her new role as volunteer. With her normal attire consisting of sweat pants and a t-shirt, the self-dubbed “earth mother,” hopes to break out of her regular routine and become a lean, mean fundraising machine.   

Shana Koorse - Ex-Board Member/ Current Volunteer

After clashing with fellow members including Carla, Shana stepped down from her responsibilities with the PTO but remains a volunteer. She is Robin’s right hand gal and is often her voice of reason when dealing with the colorful and interesting personalities of this dynamic bunch.

 

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Rodney Ho covers radio and television for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

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