Category Archives: Charity

Minette's Angels

Garden State Partners Come Together for Minette’s Angels

It truly takes a village to put together a great event, and no one knows and appreciates that fact like our staff here at #HipNJ. In anticipation of tonight’s Minette’s Angels “Celebration of Angels” gala at The Park Savoy, we want to spotlight some kind-hearted Garden State brands and organizations that helped bring the silent auction prizes and gala swag bags to the next level.

Bella Cape by Katherine Mahony Designs

#HipNJ Silent Auction Partners

  • State Theatre New Jersey & The Heldrich (New Brunswick)
  • MPAC Performing Arts Center & Mille’s Meatballs (Morristown)
  • Papermill Playhouse and Peter’s (Millburn)
  • SOPAC and The Reservior (South Orange)
  • Katherine Mahony Designs 
  • Gotham Steel
  • Bloomingdale’s
  • Lisa Battaglia 
  • Virginia Wolf NYC
  • Tervis
  • Extravagonzo 
  • Hamptons Salt Company 

Goody Bags Aren’t Just for Kids

Attendees will cap off their fun night by taking home a bag full of swag, including copies of New Jersey Family Magazine and Kind Bars!

Follow tonight’s festivities on Facebook, as we go LIVE from the Minette’s Angels red carpet! 

Jerry Rotunno of The Committed Pig on Minette’s Angels Foundation

Minette’s Angels Foundation is hosting their 2018 Celebration of Angels Gala on Thursday, April 26, 2018 at The Park Savoy in Florham Park. #HipNJ spoke with Jerry Rotunno, owner of The Committed Pig, about his involvement.

“I learned about the organization through a personal connection,” Rotunno said. “We built this business on investing our time, energy and money into people, and that is exactly what we pay forward with our investment into Minette’s Angels and into Kathy, Ken and their team.”

Rotunno was drawn to this organization because of Minette’s Angels’ specific initiatives.”When Minette’s Angels told me about some of their simple programs like their funding robes for patients at St. Barnabas and replacing old lymphoma compression sleeves with new ones, it was just something I automatically wanted to get behind.” He stated that making a difference in someone’s life is extremely important to him.

Rotunno’s business partner, Tony Monterio, lost his mother to cancer. “I never had the chance to meet her, but I can tell just from the way he speaks of her she was a wonderful woman,” he said. “He has one of the biggest hearts I have ever seen,  as he told me ‘The loss of a mother can never be replaced, but the love of a mother can never be loss.’”

He ended by stating that they could not be more excited to get involved this year and for years to come. “It may not be a huge charity, but the difference it makes with the people it touches is huge,” he concluded. 

To learn more about The Committed Pig, click here.

hometown heroes

Hometown Heroes

https://youtu.be/d6zPq1YKIiY

#HipNJ had the pleasure to sit with Michael Schwartz, founder of Hometown Heroes, and talk about his Garden State charity.

HipNJ first had the opportunity to work with Hometown Heroes during their Restore the Shore campaign, which raised over three million dollars for the 10,000 people and 2,700 families that were affected by Hurricane Sandy. Since then, the charity has only expanded, both in size and in mission.

Hometown Heroes is located on Toms River, and recently opened an office in L.A. Schwartz seeks to open more chapters, saying, “we’re just trying to grow this thing nationally.” The charity works by “partner[ing] heroes in the community with people in need.” The heroes are real people who want to use their skills and talent to make their community and the world a better place.

Hometown Heroes provides relief to those struggling with domestic violence, drug abuse, homelessness, and more. According to Schwartz, “we try to fill those gaps that other charities can’t.” The charity empowers not only the people they help, but also those who volunteer. Or, as Schwartz likes to say, those who “wear a cape and be a hero.”

To help Hometown Heroes fill those gaps, visit usahometownheroes.org to donate and volunteer!