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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March of Dimes with HGTV’s John Colaneri

“The Cousins on Hip New Jersey” is sponsored by eLEND.

Beneath the archway of purple balloons stood a crowd ready to march. Front and center was co-star of HGTV’s“America’s Most Desperate Kitchens”, John Colaneri, who cut the ribbon allowing the walk to commence for the March of Dimes March for Babies.

Decked out in purple, Colaneri gushed with excitement to be on the scene for a cause close to his heart. Father to four-month-old Lilyan Belle, Colaneri wants to help educate mothers and fathers and raise on the dangers of premature births.

Colaneri shared the spotlight with Anthony Johnson of WABC-7 Eyewitness News, whose job was not to report, but to energize the crowd and further motivate their mission for healthy babies.

“The mission of the March of Dimes is to prevent birth defects, infant immortality and premature birth,” said Gina Radice, Executive Director of March of Dimes Northern NJ Chapter. “The walk benefits moms in the community to have healthy babies through education, research, and community awareness.”

This Bergen County walk in Darlington Park in Mahwah brought out 900 walkers. The fourteen walks across the state totaled 14,000 participants.

Personal stories with premature births were shared through posters that were on display.  Event DJ Ron Gaither took the time to share the story of his daughter’s premature birth.

“At the end of the day, the end result is that we’re helping babies. We’re helping our future by helping those babies,” Gaither said, whose daughter grew up to be a happy and healthy 30-year-old. “It really warms my heart that other people can have the benefit of having a child survive just like I did.”

All the baby steps taken in this walk amount to one large stride for premature babies and their families.

For more on March of Dimes, visit MarchOfDimes.org/NewJersey. And don’t forget to tune into “America’s Most Desperate Kitchens” starting July 1 at 8pm on HGTV!

 

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WFAN’s “True Blue” Celebrity Softball Game

Hip New Jersey attended WFAN’s Boomer and Carton’s True Blue charity softball game. Over 17,000 fans packed Yankee Stadium to help support the NYPD and the families of slain officers Rafael Ramos, Wenjian Lou, and Brian Moore.

With four games of three innings each, Boomer and Carton’s event was successful in raising over $100,000. The proceeds went toward the families, the Silver Shield Foundation, and the New York PBA Widows’ and Children’s Fund. A roster of All-Star celebrities played the 1st, 84th, and 105th Precincts, and the Detective’s Endowment Association.

The emotional night began with the families of the slain officer’s throwing out the first pitch. Following, Jesse James Decker sung a moving National Anthem. Ten-year-old Texas native, Savannah Solis, also spoke about the importance of “thanking and loving” police officers.

#HipNJ’s Lisa Marie Latino had an opportunity to talk a few of the celebrities who came out to support the important cause. In attendance was #HipNJ resident and comedian Artie Lange, New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin, gold medal Olympian Sarah Hughes, Buffalo Bills head coach Rex Ryan, and many more.

“It’s a great cause. We are supporting the real heroes that are out there,” says Rex Ryan. 

Other celebrities and sports stars also present were New York Jets wide receiver Eric Decker, Giants punter Steve Weatherford, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, and baseball legends Joe Torre and Bernie Williams.

Boomer Esiason and Craig Carton with the partnership of the New York Yankees organization were overwhelmed by the amount of support they received. Celebrities were lining up to participate and support the NYPD.

Esiason says of the event, “We are so moved and broken-hearted by the whole thing.  We felt like we had our own microphones, we had millions of listeners, and that maybe we can inspire a community to come out and support the NYPD.” 

Cara Zamorski: Home For Good Dog Rescue

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As some of you may already know by her pictures on my blog, FashionSwain.com, this is Cassie Mae. I often write about her. She’s our chihuahua/pug mix that we adopted from Home For Good Dog Rescue. My husband and I brought her home almost 3 years ago, when she was 3 months old. Having and caring for Cassie has brought such peace and joy to us. Our lives have changed for the better and we couldn’t be more grateful for this precious gift that we have received.

Cassie was rescued by Home For Good from a high-kill shelter in Georgia. The number of homeless dogs and cats in the south is overwhelming. They are found dumped on the sides of roads, in dumpsters, or anywhere people just leave them to die. This is why I wanted to stress how important the choice of rescuing is, and tell you a little bit more about Home For Good, and why they are such an incredible organization.

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Home For Good Dog Rescue is a non-profit rescue organization that was established in Summit, NJ, with their offices in Berkeley Heights. They are 100% foster based. They rescue dogs from high-kill shelters in Georgia and South Carolina, and transport them here to NJ. The rescued dogs are placed with loving foster homes until they are adopted. Over 3,500 dogs have been rescued and Home For Good still continues to save lives.

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This is Cassie the day we brought her home. Her rescue name was Marcia. She was only 5 pounds and had not even seen the inside of her new home yet. I remember how strong our bond had grown over time as we had gotten to know and trust each other. As someone who has adopted from Home For Good, I can personally attest that they are a very reputable organization. Cassie has been in great health since day one, and I’ve heard nothing but great things about HFG from other dog owners who have adopted as well.

If you are considering adding a new addition to your family, please visit the Home For Good website and adopt a dog that needs a home. They also accept donations, are always in need of volunteers, and host fundraising events.

I’m so very grateful for all that they do and all of the lives that continue to be saved. Thank you Home For Good, for bringing me the most amazing gift I’ve ever received.

Cara Zamorski is a New Jersey-based fashion and beauty expert.   Having worked for some of the biggest fashion and cosmetic companies, Cara brings her years of experience to FashionSwain.com.