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Hometown Heroes


#HipNJ had the pleasure to sit with Michael Schwartz, founder of Hometown Heroes, and talk about his Garden State charity.

HipNJ first had the opportunity to work with Hometown Heroes during their Restore the Shore campaign, which raised over three million dollars for the 10,000 people and 2,700 families that were affected by Hurricane Sandy. Since then, the charity has only expanded, both in size and in mission.

Hometown Heroes is located on Toms River, and recently opened an office in L.A. Schwartz seeks to open more chapters, saying, “we’re just trying to grow this thing nationally.” The charity works by “partner[ing] heroes in the community with people in need.” The heroes are real people who want to use their skills and talent to make their community and the world a better place.

Hometown Heroes provides relief to those struggling with domestic violence, drug abuse, homelessness, and more. According to Schwartz, “we try to fill those gaps that other charities can’t.” The charity empowers not only the people they help, but also those who volunteer. Or, as Schwartz likes to say, those who “wear a cape and be a hero.”

To help Hometown Heroes fill those gaps, visit usahometownheroes.org to donate and volunteer!

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.

National Winter Activity Center to Host Inaugural Fundraising Golf Outing

The National Winter Activity Center will host its first fundraising Golf Outing on September 14th at the Bowling Green Golf Club. #HipNJ spoke with Schone Malliet, founder and CEO of the Center, about it all.

The Center is a nonprofit dedicated to improving the lives, health and fitness of youth throughout the nation by providing access to winter sports activities. It offers kids an organized opportunity to learn winter sports while developing healthy habits instilled in their daily routine and life. Providing access to lessons in snowboarding, alpine, and cross-country skiing, winter clothing, healthy meals and mentoring, the Center served over 6,900 meals to 1,100 kids in 2017 alone.

In the last three years, the Center has raised resources, developed a functioning program, and staffed it appropriately. “Now, with all of that in place,” Malliet states, “we are starting fundraising opportunities.” So, they will hold their 2017 Charity Golf Outing.

All proceeds will benefit programs through the Center’s Elev8 platform, which allows its participants to master winter activity skills and to shape their development as young men and women.

What can guests expect? “First and foremost, a fun day at a golf course,” Malliet says. This is an opportunity for people to interact and engage in team activities with each other, complete with an awards ceremony at the end. “The format is such that everyone on a team can contribute,” Malliet says.

To learn more about The National Winter Activity Center, and to sign up for this exciting event, click here.