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Tom Coughlin Jay Fund Foundation

Tom Coughlin Jay Fund Foundation 13th Annual Champions for Children Gala

One of our favorite #HipNJ charities, the Tom Coughlin Jay Fund Foundation, hosted its 13th annual Champions for Children Gala on Friday, September 15 at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York City, and we were there to chat with the patriarch of the organization, Coach Tom Coughlin

Legendary NBC 4 New York sports broadcaster Bruce Beck served as Master of Ceremonies, joined by “the voice” of the NY Giants, Bob Papa, and toasted the team members of the 2007 NY Giants Super Bowl Championship Team, accepted by Michael Strahan, all of whom are passionate advocates for childhood cancer patients and their families.

“On behalf of the 2007 Super Bowl Championship Team, it was an honor to accept this award from Coach Coughlin’s incredible foundation,” said Michael Strahan. “Coming together as a team to win the Super Bowl was an unbelievable experience; coming together as a team last night, during Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, to support the many local families facing the unthinkable, is what teamwork is all about.”

The event kicked off a weekend of celebrations for the 2007 Big Blue team that captured one of the most legendary sports victories in history, when they defeated the 18-0 New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLII. Ten year reunion events included an excursion to Yankees Stadium and a dinner at Ellis Island. 

For more information on the Tom Coughlin Jay Fund Foundation, visit their website.

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Valentine’s Day with the Tom Coughlin Jay Fund

#HipNJ‘s Lisa Marie Latino traveled #AcrossTheRiver to New York City’s Stephen D. Hassenfeld Children’s Center for Cancer & Blood Disorders to spend Valentine’s Day with the Tom Coughlin Jay Fund, a group of very special kids, and one fun Cupid!

“As Coach Coughlin always says, our goal is to be there families in ways that they need us- financially, emotionally and practically.  With these visits, we wanted to give these kids a day off from cancer and have some fun,” explained Lynn Chwatsky, Managing Director of The Jay Fund (NY/NJ).

Former New York Giants punter Steve Weatherford dressed as the lovable matchmaker and spread cheer among the hospital’s staff and patients (while unleashing some serious arts and crafts skills!)

“I’m so thankful that the Tom Coughlin Jay Fund has given me the opportunity to spend time with these amazing kids,” Steve said.  “There’s nothing better than giving back, and nobody does it better than Coach Coughlin’s charity.”

One of hospital’s patients, Lisette, voiced how thankful she was for this special day.

“Not many people come and choose to do something fun for kids who are sick,” Lisette said.  “It’s nice to have a laugh from someone while going through these treatments.”

Dr. William Carroll, Medical Director of Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital, echoed Lisette’s appreciation.  “The Jay Fund makes what we do here possible.  Our children are able to achieve remarkable feats because of their support.”

The visit was part of a week-long V-Day celebration by The Jay Fund, who helped spread cheer at other area hospitals including St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center and Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and Children’s Hospital of New Jersey.  Former New York Giants coach Tom Coughlin and his wife, Judy and NBC-4 sportscaster Bruce Beck participated in those events.

Other support came from New York Giants linebacker Mark Herzlich,  Sports Illustrated’s Peter King, children from St. Rita School in Alexandria, VA, Tanglewood School in Staten Island, Frankford Township School in Branchville, NJ and North Arlington Middle School in North Arlington, NJ.  They all made Valentine cards for The Jay Fund to give to the cancer patients and their families.  President George H.W. Bush and Barbara Bush even penned a note for the Jay Fund’s families!

For more information on the Tom Coughlin Jay Fund and how to help #BeThere for kids battling cancer, visit TCJayFund.org.

#TBT NBC 4 New York & New York Giants Health and Fitness Expo at Metlife Stadium

This summer, New York Giants fans and “hip”- New Jerseyians alike flocked to the Metlife Health and Fitness Expo at the Meadowlands in East Rutherford. The event was hosted by NBC 4’s Bruce Beck and Giants punter (and #HipNJ guest!) Steve Weatherford

There was no shortage of things to do, including the “5k Run of Champions”, Zumba Zone, meet-and-greets with Giants greats, and more!

#HipNJ’s Enzo Domingo was on the beat on this glorious July weekend.  Enzo spoke with Kristin Givonedirector of channel marketing for Quest Diagnostics and the woman behind the cause.  Quest Diagnostics is a proud partner in health with the Giants, and all parties thought it would be beneficial to engage fans in a fun wellness outing.  Certified fitness trainer Kenneth Moskowitz echoed his pleasure for the day’s objective- to teach people how to live a happier, healthier lives.

One tent that was popular with attendees was Dance Dance Revolution (DDR) tent.  Volunteer Jimmy explained its appeal; that it was a great way for adults and children to workout together.

We’ll see you at Metlife Stadium next summer for Round 2!