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!

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.

For more information on Family and Children’s Services, please visit

runway of dreams

Runway of Dreams

#HipNJ’s Kelly Dillon visited Bloomingdales at the Mall at Short Hills to attend the Runway of Dreams Spring 2015 fashion show.

Prominent #NJ fashion stylist Engie Hassan was celebrating her five-year anniversary for her company, EngieStyle, and decided to host this fabulous event to benefit Runway of Dreams. Engie gave us insight on the upcoming styles for Spring. Hint: you might want brighten that wardrobe with vivid colors and invest in some crop tops!

“I came across Runway of Dreams through a friend and I loved their mission statement!” said Engie.

Runway of Dreams is an organization that collaborates with fashion industry brands to modify and adapt clothing lines for differently-abled children and teens.

“One in twenty kids in the United States alone have a disability,” said Runway of Dream’s founder Mindy Scheier. “Runway of Dreams mission is to be able to inspire and motivate the fashion industry to make adaptive versions of their mainstream clothes.”

Mindy Scheier was inspired by her son, Oliver, who has muscular dystrophy. Clothes just weren’t fitting him correctly which sparked Mindy’s mission to revamp the fashion industry so all kids could feel comfortable and stylish.

Bloomingdales got on board with the organization and featured adapted clothes for the first wheelchair runway model, Jillian Mercado. Now a proud brand ambassador for Runway of Dreams, Jillian acts as an inspiration and fashion icon for disabled children and teens.

Bloomingdales generously donated 10% of all sales from the event to Runway of Dreams.

For more information on Runway of Dreams, please visit

Boomer and Carton Charity Hockey Game

#HipNJ attended WFAN’s Boomer and Carton celebrity hockey game at Ice World in Middletown to benefit the Nichols Family Trust and the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation’s “The Big Idea” initiative.

Boomer & Carton had guest of honor Mike Nichols on their show, which sparked the inspiration behind this great event. Mike suffered a spinal cord injury while playing hockey for Monroe High School. The Nichols Family Trust teamed up with the Christoper & Dana Reed Foundation. Together, they pushed “The Big Idea” initiative to raise funds for spinal cord research with a focus on epidural stimulation.

The Christopher & Dana Reed Foundation’s mantra is “Today’s care. Tomorrow’s cure.” They are dedicated to improving the lives of people with spinal cord injuries through grants, information, and advocacy. They brought this passion to the hockey game and were able to raise funds for this worthy cause.

Fans and supporters showed up from all parts of New Jersey to see some of hockey’s greats, including Ed Hospodar, Bruce Driver, Colin White, Grant Marshall, Randy Velishchek, Steve Webb, Ron Greschner, John McLean, Aaron Asham, and Brian Mullen. Boomer Esiason and Craig Carton even hit the ice and were ecstatic about the turnout for the event.

If you’re an avid hockey fan, then this #HipNJCares segment is definitely for you!

For more information on the Nichols Family Trust, please visit For more information on the Christoper & Dana Reeve Foundation, please visit