Category Archives: HipNJ Cares

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

Richard J. Codey Arena Hosts Night of Heroes

The most impressive football game wasn’t played at Metlife Stadium last weekend; it was at South Mountain Reservation Complex in West Orange, New Jersey!

The Wounded Warrior Amputee Football Team, 9/11 first responders from New York and New Jersey, and over 30 NFL legends squared off in a charity flag football game that showcased why our citizens are #JerseyStrong.  Participants included former New York Giant Jim Burt, New York Jet Joe Klecko, retired Pittsburgh Steeler Rocky BleierNFL Hall-of-Famers Jack Youngblood and Anthony Munoz, Green Bay Packer legend Jerry Kramer and ESPN’s Tim Hasselbeck.

Besides dazzling the packed crowd with their football prowess, the participants were very generous of their time, posing for numerous photos and signing autographs prior to kickoff.  The legendary 70’s group The Village People performed their greatest hits at halftime, and there was even a marriage proposal at the 50 yard line!

“Essex County rocks!”  exclaimed New York Giants legend Phil McConkey to our own Lisa Marie Latino.

That sentiment was echoed throughout Lisa Marie’s chats with former Philadelphia Eagle and the inspiration for the movie “Invincible”, Vince Papale; New York Giants Super Bowl champion Leonard Marshall; ESPN’s Dave Stevens and Colonel Gregory D. Gadson, a bilateral above-the-knee amputee who served as a source of inspiration for the Giants historic Super Bowl XLII run.  Lisa Marie also spoke with retired football pro Joe Andruzzi, who was there to support his three brothers that sacrificed their lives during the September 11 attack.  Joe is no stranger to heroics himself, however- he is credited for rescuing numerous people at the finish line during last year’s tragic Boston Marathon bombing.

Only in New Jersey did you find these megawatt sports stars during Super Bowl Week!

For more information on Wounded Warrior Amputee Football Challenge, visit their website.

Females, Football and Philanthropy

Spa treatments, chic boutiques, makeup tutorials…this wasn’t your father’s tailgate party!

Females, Football, and Philanthropy” kicked off Super Bowl weekend in glam style. Powerhouse New Jersey women (and some men!) filled the Upper Montclair Country Club in Clifton, NJ to hobnob with celebrity chefs and CBS Sports Radio personalities (including the night’s emcee, Amy Lawrence, and WFAN’s Janice Kirkel), shop an exclusive silent auction, and sip on custom cocktails by Punzone Vodka. The Wellness Lounge treated guests to massages, chiropractic adjustments, ear candling, and reflexology. And what’s a tailgate party without some football?  Players from the New York Sharks, part of the Women’s Football Alliance, showed guests how to toss a football, hit a target, suit up and have lots of fun!

“Females, Football & Philanthropy” was all to benefit the American Cancer Society, and honored a courageous group of local women that won their battle against their illness.  Honorees included actress Regina Taylor; Annie Del Moro; Andrea Raynor, author and 9/11 chaplain; Nicole McGrath, DDS, founder of the KinderSmile Foundation; Pamela Pecs Citron, founder of Pendo Systems, Inc.; and Deb Belfatto, co-founder of Susan G. Komen for the Cure (North Jersey Chapter).

#HipNJ’s Gina Cerniglia “Glammed up the Ultimate Party for a Cause” by interviewing some of the honorees, attendees, and founder of the event, Allison Sargent.

For more information, visit Females, Football & Philanthropy on the web!

Fundraising with Ferrari’s at George Press Jewlers

During Summer 2013, a select few got a chance to live a dream and drive a Ferrari at George Press Jewelers‘ “Fundraising with Ferraris”, all to support Parkinsons Disease research.

#HipNJ’s Gina Cerniglia got up-close to these magnificent vehicles, and spoke to the people who made it all possible.

This our fourth Ferrari event, and weve chose [to support] Parkinsons because Richard Stein, who is a client of ours, was diagnosed with Parkinsons seven years ago,said Cheryl Press of George Press Jewelers.  We actually let Richard choose which part of the Parkinsons affiliation that he wanted to donate to, and he selected the Unity Walk.

Richard Stein has been living with Parkinsons for the past seven years of his life, and was told five years ago he wont be able to drive, walk or work.  Not only is he still able to do all those things, but is making each day count by embracing life and buying Ferrari’s “in clumps.”  His five (!) models were on glorious display for the droves of supporters.  

According to the Parkinsons Disease Foundation, as many as one million people in the U.S. are living with Parkinsons. 

For more information on George Press Jewelers, visit their website.