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New Brunswick Family Shelter Renovation

#HipNJ spoke with Jeannette Long, vice president of marketing communications for LIXIL Americas, about their recent philanthropic effort to remodel 12 apartments at a New Jersey family shelter.

“Our mission for American Standard is to improve daily living,” Long states. “We do that by making peoples’ lives easier and more comfortable.” So, they decided to work with Naomi’s Way, a shelter in New Brunswick offering support to homeless mothers who are employed or engaged in job training. “We wanted to find an opportunity that allowed us to engage with our local community and engage our employee base,” she explains. 

This project was a huge commitment for LIXIL Americas, having donated more than $100,000. About 43 employees took part in this venture, donating 330 hours. One thing that boosted morale was when the CEO decided to be involved in the remodel. “I was really touched and impressed when he reached out and said he wanted to be there,” Long recalls.

LIXIL donated the toilets, faucets, furniture, bath tubs, and more. In addition to labor, they painted all 12 units, working alongside Naomi’s Way’s team and hired local professionals. “When we did the before and after, it was amazing to see what the units looked like,” Long states. She says that it was well worth the time, “to know that there were families in need who would now have a beautiful and more efficient home.”

“For me, I’ve always believed in giving back,” Long says. “To be able to do this alongside colleagues was very special for me.” She says that she is proud to be a part of an organization that is willing to do this type of work. “People were grateful to have had the opportunity to work on this and to be a part of it.”

LIXIL is a global leader in housing and building materials, products and services, bringing together the most respected household global brands in the industry. To learn more, click here.

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.

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Nykki Ross on Fitness, Nutrition and Bodybuilding

Nykki Ross of Body By Nykki sat with Lisa Marie Latino in the #HipNJ studio to discuss all things fitness and nutrition.

Nykki’s father, Master Phil Ross, is not only the area’s most decorated and accomplished martial artist and fitness instructor, but also a great friend to #HipNJ. So, it was only natural that Nykki stop by and discuss her accomplishments.

“I’ve always been involved in fitness,” Ross says. She did her first show in November of 2015, and has been doing them ever since.

“It takes a lot,” she says, when asked what it takes to get her body into competition shape. “I was lifting five to six days a week, doing cardio four to five days a week,” she explains.

Ross says that she has met so many wonderful women through this sport, whether it be in person or on social media. “We have this network of strong, awesome women.”

Ross runs her own business, Body By Nykki. She provides online and in-person coaching, as well as meal plans and online workout plans.

To learn more, click here. Or, check out Body By Nykki on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.