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Minette's Angels

Garden State Partners Come Together for Minette’s Angels

It truly takes a village to put together a great event, and no one knows and appreciates that fact like our staff here at #HipNJ. In anticipation of tonight’s Minette’s Angels “Celebration of Angels” gala at The Park Savoy, we want to spotlight some kind-hearted Garden State brands and organizations that helped bring the silent auction prizes and gala swag bags to the next level.

Bella Cape by Katherine Mahony Designs

#HipNJ Silent Auction Partners

  • State Theatre New Jersey & The Heldrich (New Brunswick)
  • MPAC Performing Arts Center & Mille’s Meatballs (Morristown)
  • Papermill Playhouse and Peter’s (Millburn)
  • SOPAC and The Reservior (South Orange)
  • Katherine Mahony Designs 
  • Gotham Steel
  • Bloomingdale’s
  • Lisa Battaglia 
  • Virginia Wolf NYC
  • Tervis
  • Extravagonzo 
  • Hamptons Salt Company 

Goody Bags Aren’t Just for Kids

Attendees will cap off their fun night by taking home a bag full of swag, including copies of New Jersey Family Magazine and Kind Bars!

Follow tonight’s festivities on Facebook, as we go LIVE from the Minette’s Angels red carpet! 

Bella's Butterflies

Bella’s Butterflies At The 2018 New Jersey Walk to Cure Arthritis

#HipNJ‘s own Lisa Marie Latino sits down with Isabella and Connie Masullo to discuss their participation in the 2018 New Jersey Walk to Cure Arthritis in West Orange. The event will be held at the Clipper Pavilion on May 5, 2018.

At the young age of three, Connie could tell that Bella had trouble walking. After seeing that her daughter was hesitant to put weight on her legs, she brought her for a medical assessment. From the initial round of visits and blood tests, they received a diagnosis of Lyme’s Disease for which Bella received a leg brace. Instead of helping little Bella, the brace made it worse and Connie insisted that she see another specialist. The Pediatric Rheumatologist  finally diagnosed Bella with Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis which Connie describes as “devastating”.

It took about eight months to find the right balance of medications, but with Connie’s perseverance and Bella’s inspiring attitude, they managed to find an answer. Connie describes the difference before and after proper medical intervention as being “night and day”. Bella now enjoys her dance competitions and a very active lifestyle. 

The origin of this and other arthritic diseases is still unknown, with doctors and researchers working hard to find a cure. To help raise money for the cause, their team Bella’s Butterflies is participating in the 2018 Walk to Cure Arthritis. Bella will be handing out flyers at her school, Jefferson Elementary in Roxbury, to any enthusiastic participants. 

You can join Bella’s Butterflies or donate to the team through the Arthritis Foundation website.