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jennifer olawski

Reason for the Season Fundraiser

Hey #HipNJ, we hope you had an enjoyable and relaxing Thanksgiving yesterday! Recently, I had the chance to speak with Jennifer Olawski, Founder of the Reason for the Season Fundraiser!
 
This fundraiser was started two years ago in Paterson where Jennifer was an elementary school teacher. She was talking to one of her first-graders and asked if she was excited for the holidays. Her student told her that she wasn’t because she has never received a gift on Christmas. Jennifer was crushed to hear this. To make it up to her student, she started this fund to give all 500 students a gift for Christmas.
 
Her first year was a success as she raised $3000 and was able to give each student an arts and crafts set. Her second year she raised $6000 and was able to gift each child a winter hat, gloves, and either an arts and crafts set or a slime kit!
 
Now entering her third year at a new location at Lincoln Elementary in New Brunswick, Jennifer is continuing the tradition and is doing better than ever! As of today, she has raised $8,830!! With this much raised, she is aiming to give her students winter accessories and a toy! 
 
This fund was started because of the little girl who was sad about the upcoming holiday. Jennifer hopes that this fund shows her students and the rest of the world that acts of kindness still exist. She also hopes that people will pay it forward and continue to treat others with generosity!
 
To learn more about the fundraiser and how to donate, click here!

Blow Outs for Boobies Fundraiser!

Three years ago, my daughter came home asking for a pink extension in her hair. She wanted the extension since all of her friends had one. Since I’m not one to follow the mainstream, I agreed to let her get the pink extension with a caveat. She had to figure out a way to raise money to donate. My ex mother in law had a mastectomy, and I’ve had friends diagnosed with breast cancer. For these reasons, this is a cause that is near to my heart.

We took to Google to find a salon that put in extensions. We came across Dolce Hair Design in Lyndhurst. After research, on pricing, etc we found the salon was hosting a Blow Outs for Boobies fundraiser. We stopped in the salon, and after getting her pink extension my daughter made her pitch to owner Nicole Scott. She asked Nicole if she (with moms help) could make and sell cupcakes the day of the event. We would take our proceeds and add them to what the salon raised. Nicole immediately said yes, and there began our tradition of participating in this yearly event.

Blow Outs for Boobies stemmed as a partnership with the Lyndhurst Police Departments Pink Patch Project, which started in 2015. Nicole, and her sister Michele, wanted to get involved because they personally know many women, inclusive of some clients, who have been affected by breast cancer. Not being women to sit on the sidelines, they rallied their amazing staff and got involved in 2016. This is their third year partnering with the LPD and to date have raised over $5000!

The Lyndhurst Police Department is one of the Pink Patch partners, and it’s spearheaded by Sergeant Rick Pizzutti.  Sgt. Pizzutti uses this as a platform to bring awareness to the disease, while raising money for the John Theurer Cancer Center, in Hackensack.  The LPD raises money, and awareness, not just by supporting Blow Outs for Boobies, but also by selling pink patches and tee shirts all throughout the month of October. All proceeds donated to the John Theurer Cancer Center.

This year’s event is on Sunday October 28th, from 11am-3pm.  Blowouts are $25, and everyone who participates will be entered into an iPad raffle. There will be music, other giveaways and of course pink frosted cupcakes and pink lemonade. Please stop by and get a fabulous blowout, cupcake and enjoy some great music. As always, 100% of the proceeds will be donated.

Gwendolyn And Joseph Straus

#GivingTuesday Gwendolyn And Joseph Straus Charitable Fund

The Gwendolyn And Joseph Straus Charitable Fund, a charitable organization founded by the Straus family, recently distributed $1.5 million to 185 families in Puerto Rico affected by last year’s Hurricane Maria with the help from  CareOne, a premier, family-owned healthcare company with more than 55 senior living centers across six states.

As the world reflects on the one-year anniversary of the most devastating natural disaster to ever hit Puerto Rico, #HipNJ is proud to note that CareOne was quick to help raise money for a fund that brought hope, relief and comfort to those on the island who needed it most.  The generous donations have helped many families purchase household necessities, generators, healthcare supplies and equipment, and so much more.

The Straus family and CareOne’s commitment to rebuilding Puerto Rico started immediately after Hurricane Maria hit thanks to CareOne CEO Daniel E. Straus and Executive Vice President Elizabeth Straus. On October 11th, CareOne participated in the first of two relief missions to Puerto Rico with New Jersey healthcare leaders and physicians from CareOne and RWJBarnabas Health. The trip included visits to hospitals where physicians spoke with local healthcare professionals and patients on the ground to evaluate how best to address the immediate needs of the island’s medical community.

Following the October 11th trip, Senior Leadership mobilized to raise additional funds for Puerto Rico by arranging a benefit gala entitled “Starry Night Masquerade.”  This event was spearheaded by CareOne President and CEO Daniel E. Straus and Executive Vice President Elizabeth Straus. The event speaks to the culture of philanthropy that is ingrained in CareOne as a company.  

“Starry Night Masquerade” was a star-studded evening that included celebrity guests like NFL players Victor Cruz, Jason Pierre-Paul and many NFL alumni, recording artists Pitbull and JoJo, and models and actresses Danielle Brooks of “Orange is the New Black” and Joan Smalls. Watch #HipNJ’s coverage from the star-studded affair.

One year later, the Gwendolyn And Joseph Straus Charitable Fund, with support from CareOne, continues its relief planning with an on-the-ground team who continue to work to ensure the proper dissemination of supplies to medical facilities, as well as to transport patients in need from Puerto Rico to New Jersey.  

About Gwendolyn And Joseph Straus Charitable Fund

The Gwendolyn And Joseph Straus Charitable Fund, Inc. to provide financial assistance to individuals and families impacted by unforeseen circumstances as well as provide funds to research organizations. The Gwendolyn And Joseph Straus Charitable Fund is an organization that focuses on improving the quality of life through charitable financial assistance to individuals, families and community organizations who are significantly impacted. The Gwendolyn And Joseph Straus Charitable Fund is tax exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended. For more information visit http://www.care-one.com/charitablefund/

About CareOne 

With services that include post-hospital care, rehabilitation, assisted living, long-term care and a variety of clinical specialty programs, CareOne offers compassionate care in gracious, professionally managed centers and communities. CareOne serves thousands of patients every day and admits and discharges more than 20,000 patients every year. With more than 55 centers across New Jersey, Massachusetts, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, and Maryland, CareOne’s outstanding programs and services are conveniently located throughout the state. Interested parties can engage with CareOne on social media by following @CareOneMgt on Twitter, @careonemgt on Instagram, and CareOne Management, LLC on Facebook and LinkedIn. For more information about CareOne, please visit http://www.care-one.com.