Category Archives: #HipNJ Cares

#HipNJ Cares highlights the Garden State’s heart of gold. We feature passionate charity efforts and the philanthropic all-stars behind these important initiatives!

Minette McKenna

Kathy Doyle on Minette McKenna

Kathy Doyle, CEO of Doyle, shares her memories of Minette McKenna ahead of Minette’s Angels Celebration of Angels gala on Thursday, April 26th at the Park Savoy Estate.

“I knew Minette McKenna as she was the wife of Ken McKenna – our CFO at Doyle,” Doyle says. “Minette was gentle and strong and funny and compassionate.  She was a devoted wife and mother filled with immense love for her family.”

“She fought to get well – like a mother bear guarding her young,” Doyle remembers. “Her Faith and values and spirit were living examples of the Mission of the Seton Hall School of Nursing and what Pope Francis has focused on in his encyclical Gaudete et Exsultate.”

“Minette was a holy woman filled with grace on this earth.  And now – I truly believe – she is an Angel,” she concludes.

Join #HipNJ as we help continue to mission of Minette’s Angels, which is to support breast cancer patients and survivors. Honorees of the “Celebrations of Angels” gala include Dr. Michael Scoppetuolo, chief medical officer of The Cancer Center at Saint Barnabas Medical Center and his wife, Rosemary Scoppetuolo; the Reverend Michael A. Hanly, Parish Priest at St. Bartholomew’s in Scotch Plains; and Michael Vallone with Myriad Genetic Laboratories.

To learn more about Minette’s Angels and to donate, visit MinettesAngels.org.

Karla Perez on Her Experience with Minette’s Angels

Karla Perez, Minette’s Angels recipient and breast cancer survivor, chats with #HipNJ about her breast cancer journey and her experience with Minette’s Angels.

“My breast cancer journey was in 2016,” she starts. While she is currently in remission, Perez reflects on how Minette’s Angels helped her and her family throughout the hard times.

“Minette’s Angels helped me through this very trying time in my life,” she says. “They were on my side the whole time.”

Perez says that she cannot wait for Minette’s Angels Celebration of Angels gala on Thursday, April 26th at the Park Savoy Estate.

“Never let cancer get you down,” Perez concludes. “Always fight the fight.” To learn more about Minette’s Angels and to donate, visit MinettesAngels.org.

Brynn Stanley

Brynn Stanley Performs for Minette’s Angels

Attendees of the Minette’s Angels Celebration of Angels gala on Thursday, April 26th at the Park Savoy Estate will be treated to the soulful jazz vocals of Brynn Stanley at cocktail hour! 

This Fairleigh Dickinson University graduate has been charming audiences on both coasts with her “Classic” EP that contains her unique interpretations of some of the timeless American standards. Her smooth, silky voice has drawn comparisons to classic legends like Ella Fitzgerald and Peggy Lee and modern stars like Norah Jones and Diana Krall.

Brynn got her start playing piano and singing with her sister, Jackie, in her parents’ living room. She would orchestrate family performances, and force her siblings to be in her short films and music videos. And thanks to her Dad’s shared love of The Beatles, Brynn memorized the words to every song and learned to sing harmony. Early stage fright reserved those performances for her family living room, but while attending college, Brynn took a leap of faith and began to sing publicly.

One night, while sitting around a piano with friends singing Broadway show tunes, Brynn’s friends encouraged her to try out for the upcoming musical. She eventually landed the lead role of ‘Sheila’ in the musical “Hair”. The following year Brynn changed her major to pursue her newfound passion.

After graduation, Brynn embarked on a singing career, immersing herself in countless performances with the most polished bands and venues in the Tri-State area. These performances included being the featured vocalist for official events held by the Governor of New Jersey and appearances at Mayo Performing Arts Center, The Metropolitan Room and Shanghai Jazz.

In 2013, Brynn headed West to California to broaden her career prospects and, through newly formed musical relationships, created her first ever original album, 2015’s “Hello, California”. The album is a unique blend of contemporary pop and hints of the jazz she loves, with influences ranging from Sara Bareilles to Michael Bublé.

Ultimately, Brynn knew she wanted to record standards from the Great American Songbook. Thanks to Executive Producer, Eric Lindquist of Sonopath Productions, this dream became a reality with the release of “Classic”, Brynn’s five-song EP. The recordings were done in Los Angeles with Grammy & Emmy Award-nominated engineer Jorge Vivo and producer & jazz recording artist Tony Guerrero at the helm.

Currently, she can be seen performing in and around New York and Los Angeles with her jazz trio at the famous Chateau Marmot in Hollywood, Vitello’s Jazz and Supper Club, Herb Albert’s Vibrato’s and Shanghai Jazz (voted “one of the top 100 great jazz clubs in the world”). While developing a reputation as a soulful jazz singer with an enthusiasm to please audiences of any age, Brynn continues to garner strong reviews from press, band mates, bandleaders and concert promoters.

For more information about Brynn Stanley, visit BrynnStanley.com.

To learn more about Minette’s Angels and to donate, visit MinettesAngels.org.