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Embracing Hope: The 12th Annual Connie Dwyer Breast Cancer Foundation Gala

Earlier this month The Grove in Cedar Grove, NJ had the distinct honor of hosting the Connie Dwyer Breast Cancer Foundation‘s 12th annual Gala. The annual gala has been a staple for the foundations for years, but this year there is more to celebrate than usual with the opening of the new Connie Dwyer Breast Center at Trinitas Medical Center in Elizabeth, NJ.

Many were in attendance at the Gala, eager to donate to the cause via raffle, auction, or any other means – anything to show support for the wonderful foundation, and the woman at the forefront, Connie Dwyer herself.

The Vice President of Trinitas, Nadine Brechner, expressed nothing but love and admiration for the cause when interviewed by our very own Maria Falzo, saying “the Connie Dwyer foundation has the most amazing people that are committed to helping people less fortunate than themselves.” 

Attendees included members of the staff and board of Trinitas Medical Center, members of Connie Dwyer Breast Center, the Vice President of Neiman Marcus, Connie Dwyer’s three daughters Becky, Maureen, and Susan – and countless friends, family, and various others who believe in the foundations mission of maintaining breast health and treating breast cancer, no matter your wealth or background.

Check out our coverage of the event below:

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CareOne Raises $4 Million for Puerto Rico!

All the stars came out for CareOne‘s “Starry Night Masquerade,” and #HipNJ was there for all the action!

Our Lisa Marie Latino chatted with the A-List stars on the black carpet, including pop singer JoJo, New York Giants Super Bowl Champions Jason Pierre-Paul and Victor Cruz, and CareOne President and CEO Daniel E. Straus and Executive Vice President Elizabeth Straus. Other attendees included various NFL alumni, Danielle Brooks of Orange is the New Black and model Joan Smalls.

This event especially hit home for New Jersey native great Cruz, who is half-Puerto Rican. “Puerto Rico is near and dear to my heart…Anytime you get to raise money for a great cause and for a cause like Puerto Rico and their disaster relief, you can’t ask for a better place to do it and a better organization [than CareOne] to facilitate it.”

CareOne’s event, held at the Skylight Clarkson North in New York City, raised more than $4 million in support of hurricane-relief efforts in Puerto Rico. Prior to “Starry Night Masquerade,” CareOne embarked on an October 11th mission trip to Puerto Rico where staff visited hospitals and spoke with physicians and patients on the ground to evaluate how best to address the immediate needs of the island’s medical community.

The event’s emcee, CNN’s Jason Carroll, was so moved by the outpouring of love from the attendees: “These people here tonight are making an effort to really make a change, and I’m so honored to be a part of it.”

Thanks to the generosity of CareOne’s supporters, the company plans to continue providing help to the citizens of Puerto Rico and are scheduling follow-up trips in the coming weeks and months!

“We have found that each person can make a difference when they come together, and we are going to continue to do so,” proclaimed Elizabeth Straus.

For more information, visit Care-One.com.

halos for angels fright factor

Fright Factor with Halos for Angels

Are YOU brave enough to enter Fright Factor? Can YOU make it through?

All through Halloween weekend, grab the family and head to Florham Park for a kid-friendly good time! Fright Factor is located in between the Chase Bank and Florham Park Roller Rink at
186 Ridgedale Avenue, Florham Park.

#HipNJ’s Lisa Marie Latino gets the ghoulish details from Halos for Angels founder Karen Casolaro along with some of her, um, friends…

Fright Factor is a fundraising effort for Halos For Angels. For more information, visit their website.