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!

#HipNJ: Pump and Run

#HipNJ’s Julie Dedoussis was in Hoboken for the 4th annual Pump and Run a lifting competition and 5k run- to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project!

Bennett Smith, of Crossfit Hoboken, tells #HipNJ that Crossfit Hoboken has many first responders, and they want to give back directly to them. Matt Peck, a participant of the Pump and Run, thought it would be a great idea to spend their Saturday morning getting some exercise while helping out a great cause! Another participant, Kimberly Adams, liked that the race was age separated. “Then you don’t have to compete with the 20 year olds!”

This awesome event started with a bench press competition, where each participant had the chance to earn time deduction for their race. The participants had to lift 145 lbs as many times as they can for up to 45 reps. For every rep they complete, 20 seconds is deducted from their race time. After the bench press competition, the 5k begins!

People from all over the tri-state area flock to this fun and generous event.  Bennett of Crossfit Hoboken was proud to tell us they expect to give back over $10,000 to the Wounded Warrior Project! What a great event for such a great cause!

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#HipNJ: Barbells For Boobs

#HipNJ sweated it out with Cranford‘s Crossfit KOA for a good cause!

We were on hand for Barbells For Boobs, a nationwide event that helps raise money for Mammograms in Action.  They are 501(c)3 non-profit breast cancer organization with the mission to provide funding for qualified low-income and uninsured women and men who need screening and/or diagnostic procedures in the prevention of breast cancer.

KOA Nation came out in a big way- the group raised $5,827 towards the cause!

Jennifer Gregersen of Cranford participated in the event because it holds a special place in her heart- she was diagnosed with breast cancer last year, and it was detected during a routine mammogram. Gabrielle Rossi of Union loved how the crossfit community came together to raise money and awareness for breast cancer research. Similarly, Markovy Jacques of Roselle said events like this “kill two birds with one stone; helping out breast cancer and getting fit at the same time”.

Congratulations KOA Nation for showing how much #HipNJ Cares!

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HipNJ: #TBT: Prelude to a Cure

This Thursday we’re throwing it back to the Prelude to a Cure Cancer Event at the Mount Holleran Towne Tavern in Parsippany-Troy Hills where #HipNJ’s very own Gina Cerniglia went behind the scenes to speak with none other than founder Claire Mattern along with actors Vincent Pastore and Louis Vanaria!

Claire tells #HipNJ The Prelude to a Cure Cancer event is to benefit lung cancer and the Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. She says it was wonderful to start such an amazing event for such a good cause. Claire’s sister, Linda, died of lung cancer at the age of 28. She tells #HipNJ there are not enough research dollars for lung cancer and Claire really wants to make a difference. There is a stigma attached to lung cancer that if you have the disease it’s because you chose to smoke and caused it yourself; this is not necessarily true.

#HipNJ was also given the honor to speak with actor Vincent Pastore, Bug Pussy” of The Sopranos. He says he is here to support the cause and to make people more aware of what it’s all about. He also shared with us that people do still call him “Big Pussy” to this day!

Actor “Crazy Mario” of A Bronx Tale, Louis Vanaria, also allowed us to speak with him at this event. He is here in support of Claire’s sister as well and his friends invited him to come along to the event. Louis tells #HipNJ that he will be reoccurring on CBS’s hit television series Person’s of Interest!

One woman at the event tells us “people have come out to lend a helping hand and are doing it because its a good thing to do”. It’s really great to see #HipNJ supporting such a great cause! For more information on this event visit!