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!

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TBT: Hartly Throws Table to Table Shopping Event

Hartly in Westwood held a shopping fundraiser for Table to Table, and #HipNJ‘s Kendall Zoppa was there to get the scoop!

Table to Table is an Englewood Cliffs-based, community based food rescue program that collects prepared and perishable food and delivers it to organizations that serve the hungry in Bergen, Essex, Hudson and Passaic counties.  Based on the crowd that braved the late winter snow, Table to Table’s recipients greatly benefitted from this shopping extravaganza!

The evening featured designer collections for Spring 2015, champagne and gift bags.  Robyn Leslie Fine Jewelry and fashion designer Donald Deal were also on hand to lend their expertise.  

Once you step into this chic boutique, it’s easy see why Harper’s Bazaar called Hartly ‘New Jersey’s most prestigious fashion destination!’  Owner Sloane Hartly hand picks the trendiest fashions from around the globe, and the racks offer something for everyone!

“Our customers love the personal shopping experience,” explained Sloane.  “When you come in, you get a stylist that helps you from head to toe.”

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The Connie Dwyer Breast Center Annual Spring Luncheon

On May 5th, The Connie Dwyer Breast Center hosted their annual spring luncheon at The Park Savoy in Florham Park.

The luncheon drew 175 guests and raised $50,000 to support the mission of the Connie Dwyer Breast Center, which is to provide top-quality breast care for all women regardless of their ability to pay.

Eva Lesko Natiello, author of The Memory Box, was the featured speaker.

Scroll down for photos from the event!

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St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital Eighth Annual Cooking for Kids

#HipNJ’s Kimberley Merlo joined 50 of the metropolitan area’s food and drink elite for St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital Eighth Annual Cooking for Kids: Gourmet Fare From Everywhere!

St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital marquee event was attended by over 600 guests.  A-list participants (many of whom have been featured on!) included:

Winner of the Food Network’s Chopped, Chef Ryan DePersio of Fascino in Montclair, Nico Kitchen + Bar at NJPAC and Battello in Jersey City;

Chef Eric B. Levine of Morris Tap & Grill in Randolph and Paragon Tap & Table of Clark and also a winner of Chopped;

Bravo’s Top Chef contestant Chef Ariane Duarte of Ariane Kitchen & Bar in Verona;

Food Network’s Sweet Genius contestant Chef Colleen Grapes of Oceana in New York City;

Chef Francesco Palmieri of The Orange Squirrel in Bloomfield and winner of the Food Network’s Cutthroat Kitchen;

Chef Anton Testino of the Mulberry Street Café in Waldwick and a contestant on this past season of FOX’s Hell’s Kitchen;

and Chef Michael Carrino from Pig & Prince Gastro Lounge in Montclair.

Chef DePersio and Chef Duarte won the Cook-Off for the second year in a row with their pretzel0 dusted chicken with ricotta and gnocchi!

In addition, over 30 other chefs dished out samples of their signature dishes.  Gary’s Wine & Marketplace served as the event’s Beverage Sponsor, offering guests tasting pours of fine wines and spirits.

“Cooking for Kids” has raised over one million dollars for the patients and families of St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital. Some of the  programs and projects funded include educational tutoring services for young patients; the purchase of specialized medical equipment; and funding for children and their families to participate in fun activities year-round.

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