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Sara Reynolds on Across The Floor

#HipNJ spoke with Sara Reynolds, owner of Across the Floor School of Dance & Gymnastics, about their upcoming breakdancing competition.

Reynolds started the Woodbridge studio with her best friend Cheryl Corej. “We grew up dancing in a studio together since we were four, and now we’ve opened own dance studio together.”

Across The Floor is not your typical dance studio. Rather, they offer both traditional and specialty classes. One on-the-rise speciality class offered would be breakdancing. “We brought breakdancing to the studio a few years ago and are expanding on bringing it to the community,” Reynolds stated.

On February 4th, the studio is hosting the first-ever, youth-only breakdancing competition in Middlesex County. The event will feature three prominent people in the B-boy and B-girl community: famed Korean B-boy Ookie, nationally ranked B-girl J La-ROC and world’s top 100 B-boy Mikey.

Interested participants can sign-up the day of the event.  Prizes will be awarded to first place in multiple categories. 

For more information on Across The Floor, click here.

Immaculate Conception High School Gala Dinner

The annual Immaculate Conception High School Gala Dinner took place at the Estate at Florentine Gardens to celebrate this year’s Hall of Fame and Women of Distinction honorees.

 The gala, which benefited academic excellence and student tuition support, honored and showcased outstanding individuals for their commitment to ICHS. “The award recipients are history makers, dreamers, and believers in the mission and core values of ICHS,” shared Joseph R. Azzolino, President/Principal. 

The evening also featured “Shooting Star” awards. The Shooting Star Award was created to spotlight current ICHS students for their amazing energy, creative spirit, and unwavering commitment to the Felician Core Values. The students who received the award were Seniors, Gabriella Cano, Maria Elisa Escobar, and Renee King; Juniors, Abigail Matejko-Lima and Meaghan Reck; and Sophomores, Danielle Sancilio and Alanna Wunsch.

As a special surprise, the night’s highest honor, The Centennial Award, was presented to Sister M. Virginia Tomasiak, CSSF, past ICHS principal and dear friend of the school. 

“So many people have put heart and soul into ICHS and to honor them as well as our Felician Sisters was just magical.  It is heartwarming to know that there are so many kind souls in the world.  ICHS is truly blessed and we are already looking forward to next year’s gala celebration,” Azzolino said.

Immaculate Conception High School educates and transforms students into young women of competence, compassion, and commitment in a Catholic Felician-Franciscan tradition of leadership and service. To learn more, click here.

CareOne

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.