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#HipNJ Cares highlights the Garden State’s heart of gold. We feature passionate charity efforts and the philanthropic all-stars behind these important initiatives!

Cara Zamorski: Home For Good Dog Rescue


As some of you may already know by her pictures on my blog,, 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.


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.


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

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Ted Allen at Menus for the Mind

The students of P.G. Chambers School got a real treat when Food Network’s Chopped host Ted Allen stopped by for a special visit!

The visit was part of the 20th anniversary of P.G. Chambers’ Menus for the Mind Lecture Luncheon Series, which supports the school’s children with disabilities.  Past A-List guests include Cynthia Nixon and Tim Gunn.

#HipNJ‘s Kimberley Merlo chatted with Ted and some of the key players that made the amazing day happen!

Over 200 guests packed P.G. Chambers’ Cedar Knolls cafeteria to celebrate the event, which was part of the school’s 60th anniversary.

“To me it’s a privilege to have opportunities like this.  I get to learn, and this is nothing but fun!” Ted exclaimed.  As you can see in our segment, he truly bonded with the students by answering their questions and taking selfies!

Event co-chairs Jerry Rose and Joanne Balady were ecstatic over Ted Allen’s enthusiasm and the large community support.

“Money raised today goes to wheelchairs and iPads and different equipment that will help the children keep focused in class,” explained Jerry.

“Every child is unique in what their needs are,” added Joanne.  “Luckily, a lot of people here are friends of the school, and are so willing to contribute and support the children of P.G. Chambers!”

“Everyone deserves a place to realize their potential, and to see this I’m overwhelemed,” gushed Ted.

For more on P.G. Chambers School, visit


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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.”

For more information on Table to Table, visit  For more information on Hartly, visit