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!

Peace of Mind Event

Trinitas Health Foundation: Peace Of Mind Event

On October 30, The Trinitas Health Foundation will host Peace Of Mind, an informative night of discussion on behavioral health with honored speakers Patrick J. Kennedy and Jack Ford.

The event, which aims to ease the stigma about behavioral health, will fund renovations to Trinitas Regional Medical Center’s Behavioral Health Facilities.

Patrick Joseph Kennedy II is an American politician and mental health advocate. Kennedy explores his own mental health journey in is recent book, A Common Struggle: A Personal Journey Through the Past and Future of Mental Illness and Addiction.

Jack Ford is a legal analyst for CBS News and a correspondent for 60 Minutes Sports. The NJ native has previously held several roles at ABC News, including anchor and correspondent for Good Morning America, 20/20, and World News Tonight.

Trinitas operates one of the most comprehensive departments of Behavioral Health & Psychiatry in New Jersey. Services are offered along a full continuum of care, with specialized services available for adults, children and their families.

The deadline to RSVP is October 16, so click here today to reserve your spot.

Newman Cares, Inc. Blockfest 2018

Newman Cares, Inc. held their annual Blockfest for charity, and #HipNJ was there for it all!

Newman Cares Inc. gathers neighbors, friends and family for a block party filled with music, food and fun for everyone of all ages. The event, started by the Conroy family in 2013 , drew guests from throughout the Garden State and beyond.

Tommy Conroy, one of the event’s organizers, sang his heart out on stage in memory of his late brother, Chris Conroy, who was the first honoree of the Newman Cares Blockfest. His brother always had a strong admiration for music, and this was a touching tribute.

The Board of Directors of Newman Cares, Inc. announced that the charity for Blockfest 2018 was Minette’s Angels. Founded in 2004, Minette’s Angels is a non-profit breast cancer foundation based out of Verona. The Foundation provides assistance to those in treatment, supports research and promotes breast health awareness, which is vital to saving lives.

Chef Carmen Quagliata of Union Square Café provided guests with a delicious assortment including hamburgers, hot dogs and pulled pork sliders. The food was just one of the many things that made this an event to brag about.

It was a night full of games, dancing, and coming together for a great cause. To learn more about Newman Cares, Inc., click here.

Connie Dwyer Breast Center Set to Open at Trinitas

In light of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Connie Dwyer, a known philanthropist, will be opening her second Breast Center in early October. The Center is located at the main campus of Trinitas Regional Medical Center in Elizabeth

Just last year, we had the pleasure of previewing the new Breast Center at Trinitas while gaining a great understanding of Connie’s reasoning behind starting the Connie Dwyer Breast Cancer Foundation. Connie herself suffered from breast cancer, which was life changing for her. She was first diagnosed in 1999 and had a double mastectomy. Her own battle caused her to become mindful of the other women out there fighting breast cancer, especially those who come from low-income backgrounds. She feels that EVERY woman who has breast cancer should be able to tell their story just like she has. She believes that they should not be denied proper care due to certain circumstances. 

Often times, women from disadvantaged backgrounds do not have access to the services needed to treat breast cancer, and therefore their stories are never heard. They don’t even have the option to help themselves. This is why the Connie Dwyer Breast Cancer Foundation specifically helps women in need, ensuring that they are receiving the proper care. This includes screening, diagnosis, and treatment, as well as, community outreach and education programs. The Breast Center is state of the art, with innovative technology such as 3D imaging, and highly qualified, bilingual specialists. 

Connie Dwyer’s story is one of determination, bravery, and resilience. Because of her, hundreds, even millions of women will be able to share their journeys and battles with the world, encouraging even more to step up and help others who are in need. We are so excited to see the finished Breast Center next month and even more excited about the fact that more and more women will be able to receive assistance.