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!

Alzheimer’s New Jersey’s Annual Celebrating New Jersey Gala

On May 3rd, Alzheimer’s New Jersey is hosting their seventh annual Celebrating New Jersey Gala, and #HipNJ has the scoop!

The highly anticipated gala will include fabulous food, a silent auction, and spectacular musical entertainment.  Support of the gala will benefit Alzheimer’s New Jersey in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease, working toward improving the lives of people in New Jersey who are affected by Alzheimer’s and other dementia’s by offering continuous hope and support.

During the evening, the Circle of Honor award will be presented to Tony Dearing as recipient of the Spirit Award for his outstanding volunteerism in raising awareness about Alzheimer’s disease. Educational Testing Services is the recipient of the Corporation of the Year Award for outstanding corporate philanthropy and community dedication.

Proceeds raised form the Celebrating New Jersey Gala will directly support local programs and services for families facing this devastating disease, as well as research for a cure.

To purchase tickets or for additional information, contact Julie Schuldner, Vice President, Development and Communications at or call 973-586-4300.

To learn more, click here.

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.

#HipNJ Attends St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital Fashion with Compassion

#HipNJ attended St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital Fashion with Compassion at the The Rockleigh Country Club, and it was a night to remember!

It was an evening of sipping, shopping and mingling amongst a marketplace of fashion-forward vendors. “I can’t think of any other reason to get dressed up, go out, and raise a lot of money,” Donna DeCandido, Foundation Trustee, St. Joseph’s Health, said.

The Real Housewives of New Jersey stars Siggy Flicker and Dolores Cantania showed up to support the cause. “I like people who give back,” Flicker stated. Catania tells Latino that her nephew recently had brain surgery at St. Joseph’s. “He had the best of care,” she said. “There couldn’t have been a better place for him to be.”

Latino met up with President and CEO of St. Joseph’s Health Kevin Slavin to discuss his thoughts on the fabulous event. “This is our fifth annual event, and each time it gets bigger and more successful,” he said.

The event raised over $500,000 for St. Joseph’s Healthcare System. To learn more, click here.