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!


The Connie Dwyer Breast Center’s 3D Mammography

It’s #hip to be #healthy, and #HipNJ is helping fight breast cancer by celebrating the 10th anniversary of The Connie Dwyer Breast Center!

Founded in October 2004, The Connie Dwyer Breast Center at Saint Michael’s Medical Center is a comprehensive, state-of-the-art facility providing expert diagnosis and treatment of breast disease.  Further, the Center stresses  prevention, early detection, and educational outreach programs in northern New Jersey.

#HipNJ’s Maria Falzo picked the center for her first base line mammography.  The center’s sunny decor, warm staff and positive aura put “my anxiety at ease,” she explained.

Why is it super important to be on top of your mammos?  One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer during their lifetime. That’s why it is vital to make sure the cancer is discovered early when prognosis for treatment and a complete recovery is best.

Maria, along with Director of Development for The Center, Janet Lesko, embarked on their mammogram journey together.  Janet’s is a routine annual mammogram, and has been getting her done at The Center since its doors opened.

After checking in with the staff and consulting with the radiologist, Maria and Janet had their 3-D Tomosynthesis mammography.  These machines take 3-D images of the breasts. This revolutionary technology gives radiologists the ability to identify and characterize individual breast structures without the confusion of overlapping tissue. Viewing breast tissue in 3-D images allows for clearer more accurate readings that can identify breast cancer in its earliest stages, when prognosis is best.

Soon after the mammogram, Dr. Ami Shah read the results, and gave both Maria and Janet a clean bill of health!

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P.G. Chambers school

P.G. Chambers School’s Casino Royale

Cedar KnollsP.G. Chambers School hosted their biggest fundraiser of the year, and #HipNJ was part of the Casino Royale action!

The Park Avenue Club was home to the school’s Casino Night, which was co-chaired by Susan Lodge and Tiffany Srnensky.  The glitzy affair featured fabulous food, delicious drinks, fun games and amazing prizes.  Aston Martin Summit | Short Hills also displayed some of their newest vehicles- a perfect fit for the evening’s 007 theme!

“The magic is in the 6’s this year!” Gushed Renee Gitto, the school’s assistant director of development, to #HipNJ’s Kendall Zoppa.  “We’re celebrating the sixth year of this event and the school’s 60th anniversary, and we’ve never been more successful!”

P.G. Chambers and their state- accredited school programs have provided the most comprehensive education and therapy for children with disabilities, from birth through 22 years of age.

All children enjoy individualized instruction, the latest technology, highly qualified teachers, teaching assistants, therapists, nurses, social workers, and administrators in a safe environment.

PGCS is a leader in the field of special education and therapy services for children with developmental disabilities.  The school is one of the region’s most comprehensive educational and therapeutic service providers, serving 10 counties in northern New Jersey.

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George Brescia

Red Carpet Party with George Brescia

#HipNJ attended the third annual Red Carpet Party at the Park Avenue Club in Florham Park to benefit Family and Children’s Services.

The Red Carpet Party was a hot affair, with over 200 guests in attendance from all around New Jersey. The evening started off with dinner, cocktails, and a silent auction. The auction had everything from jewelry, to handbags, to a day of styling with known fashion stylist, George Brescia.

The funds raised benefited Family and Children’s Services, an amazing organization that has been helping vulnerable, at risk children and disadvantaged families for over 120 years!

“It keeps our society stronger, it keeps families stronger, it keeps kids safe,” said William Webb, executive director of Family and Children’s Services.

The night was topped off with a glamorous fashion show, which included red carpet fashions by Cynthia Rowley, Guillermo Couture, JS Collections, Theia, Dressed by Lori, and Elizabeth Johns. #HipNJ‘s Kelly Dillon even got to strut her stuff on the runway in two looks by Dressed by Lori!

Featured designer Guillermo Molina said, “I like to make women look and feel beautiful. I don’t do a collection, I do it by measurement, so each item is made specifically to the body where I can hide the negatives and bring out the positives.”

Guests even enjoyed some fashion advice from prominent image consultant and author, George Brescia. George shared his inside knowledge of working on the red carpet, giving helpful tips on how to look and feel like a red carpet star! His book, “Change Your Clothes, Change Your Life,” promotes positive dressing and unveils the secrets to your wardrobe.

For up-and-coming fashionistas, this is must-see segment for you! Get inspired to ramp up your wardrobe and feel good, inside and out.

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