The Connie Dwyer Breast Center 10th Anniversary Gala

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

Opened in 2005, 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 was on the pink carpet of the Center’s 10th Anniversary gala at The Grove in Cedar Grove, and shared in the joy of the Center’s key supporters.

“When we started we saw 4,500 women and did 4,500 procedures in 2005” says Janet Lesko, the Center’s Director of Development “This year, we’re going to do over 20,000! We turn no woman away so regardless of her ability to pay, we will take care of that woman.”

Not only was attending the event a way to give back (as every person who attended helped make a mark for the advancement and cure of breast cancer!) the auction prizes were exquisite! Ranging from luxury-brand handbags to a trip to Milan, attendees had a chance to bring a small (or large) part of the celebration home with them.

Daniel Paltridge, president of Bvlgari North Americatalked fondly about his company’s relationship with the Center. “Connie has been a friend of the brand for many years and Bulgari is very proud about everything they can do to help.”

No one was prouder than Bob and Connie Dwyer’s children- Becky Morano, Maureen Griffith and Susan Cabana.

“It’s amazing to see how many people have come out to support [our parents].  They are so grateful to have so many people in their lives help further their cause,” gushed Susan.

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w. cary edwards foundation

A Night at the Races with the W. Cary Edwards Foundation

The W. Cary Edwards Foundation recently hosted its 5th annual fundraising event at Victory Sports Bar (inside the Meadowlands Racetrack) in East Rutherford, and #HipNJ was present at the glittery gala!

The “Night at the Races” event featured a grand reception that included passed hors d’oeuvres, premium dinner selections and a top shelf open bar. Adding to the festive mood was the music of The Sterling Band, New Jersey’s premiere live act.  Among the VIP guests that attended the event included former New York Giants Super Bowl Champion, Steve Weatherford and NBC 4 New York reporter, Lauren Scala.  Mike Garafalo of Fox Sports served as the night’s master of ceremonies.  The night even featured a surprise wedding proposal!

The W. Cary Edwards Foundation, named after the late New Jersey Attorney General, is aimed towards raising money to help fund scholarships and education of New Jersey students.

Marcy Benner, daughter of Cary and co-founder of the Foundation, tells #HipNJ’s Kelly Dillon that she strives to continue the work that her dad started.

“He was such a proponent on education and went to school on scholarship himself.  When he passed we thought it was fitting that we begin something to try to help others achieve their dreams too.”

Mike Garafolo, a friend of the family for years, spoke very highly of the Foundation, stating that, “it has not lost steam since they started out and it continues to grow every year.”

Steve Weatherford was totally on board with the night’s purpose. “Education lasts so much longer than an athletics career,” he stressed. “I think even more than athletics is empowering yourself and what this foundation is able to do is give children the opportunity to empower themselves with knowledge.”

“My husband always wanted to make a difference, and make this world a little bit better everyday, and in our own way, that’s what we’re trying to do,” explained Lynn Edwards, wife of Cary Edwards.

To learn more about the W. Cary Edwards Foundation, visit

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HackensackUMC at Pascack Valley

HackensackUMC at Pascack Valley’s Healthy Giving Day

Paramus Park Mall goers were treated to free health screenings, complimentary beauty treatments and yoga with social media powerhouses and fitness gurus, Two Fit Moms on Saturday, 11/7 as part of Hackensack University Medical Center at Pascack Valley’s “Healthy Giving Day.” The day-long event encouraged attendees to stay on track with their health and well-being and also gave them a chance to get moving through Zumba and yoga presentations – all for a great cause: to benefit Table to Table, a community based food rescue program that serves millions of hungry residents in Northern New Jersey.

Event attendees delighted in beauty treatments via a braid bar by Lilly’s Blow Dry and Makeup Lounge and funky nail art applications from Jamberry Nails. There were blood pressure, glucose and cholesterol screenings and also a chance to win a $500 Thanksgiving Dinner compliments of Inserra Shop Rite Supermarkets.

But perhaps the most exciting part of the event was an appearance and yoga demo by Two Fit Moms, who encouraged attendees that it’s never too late to realize their fitness and wellness goals. People of all ages rolled out a mat and participated in a beginner-level yoga sequence. In fact, the 15-minute flow led by Two Fit Moms founders, Laura Kasperzak and Masumi Goldman, definitely attracted some new yoga recruits! (For those who could not make the event but are interested in starting your own yoga journey, you can practice with Two Fit Moms via their downloadable classes available now on iTunes, or you can purchase their beginner-level DVD in select Kohl’s stores nationwide.)

Overall, Healthy Giving Day was a wonderful event that encouraged attendees to take better care of themselves.

“Healthy Giving Day is all about community, health and wellness,” commented Emily Holliman, CEO of HackensackUMC at Pascack Valley. “We were thrilled to be able to offer preventive care and wellness services to the Bergen County community, and were also excited to support Table to Table – we were able to donate one thousand dollars to the organization.”

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