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#HipNJ Remembers 9/11

While we will always remember those affected by the tragic events of September 11, 2001, #HipNJ wants to shine light on the unity that came after. Here are some beautiful photos of the Tribute in Light to remind us that together, we can do anything.

Even before being blessed with this view, September 11, 2001 was never too far from my mind. Now, it’s a literal conscious thought every day. I can’t imagine the horror of those who stood here that morning and watched the nightmare across the river unfold. On that actual day, I was in the middle of my first full week of senior year. Anticipation was high for a fun-filled time and the “adult” adventures ahead. Little did I know how much of a crash course I would get in real world cruelty that morning. I remember running to my car so I wouldn't be late for class (natch) but stopping in my tracks to stare at the sky. It was the clearest shade of blue I had ever seen! It was beautiful, haunting even. I have not seen a sky that hue since. I can only think now that it was Heaven opening up for everyone lost that day. In the days and weeks after, I loved how everyone bonded together in the wake of such tragedy. Foes became friends, and friends became family. While the ho-hum of life soon got back to this “new” normal— and old habits took over— there was no denying the fact that we would forever be united by this tragedy. That’s a fact that should never be forgotten, and especially for everyone who lived that day, we never will. 🇺🇸🎗 #911 #September11 #NeverForget

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50 Days of Laughter: NJFunnyfest

Comedian Dan Frigolette ends a 50-day tour at the NJFunnyfest in Hoboken and Jersey City on April 28th and 29th. #HipNJ has the scoop!

For the last three years, Frigolette has embarked on a multi-city extended comedy tour across the United States in late winter. “The goal of the trip itself was to get to Alaska, but I decided early on that its value was more substantial if I could do the whole trip while doing what I love.” So, he did standup comedy.

In 2016, with a similar set of circumstances, Frigolette flew to Las Vegas for the first time and compiled 49 shows, driving himself back to New York City doing comedy all the while.

While the tour is a labor of love, it also raises funds for the Liberty Humane Society, an animal shelter in Jersey City, offering low-cost veterinary service, adoption support, and housing for as many abandoned animals as they can muster. At each comedy show during the tour, a tip bucket is passed around the audience and 100% of those funds goes to the shelter.  

Frigolette also runs Make Me Laugh USA, a standup comedy competition which gives winners opportunities to join the Hoboken Comedy Festival and NJFunnyfest, both of which support Liberty Humane Society.

NJFunnyfest’s goal is to bring incredible comedians to NJ for one weekend in spring to raise funds for charity. This year brings headliners Sam Morril, who has been on Comedy Central, the Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Conan, and recently, Roast Battle. “He’s well versed and supremely rounded as a comedian, and a dream come true to have him at the NJFunnyfest,” says Frigolette. Morril plays the Friday show in Hoboken along with Corrine Fisher, Sagar Bhatt, and Adam Gabel.

Saturday’s headliner is Mike Recine, who has been on Conan and is widely regarded as one of the most powerful and commanding comedians in the New York City area. Featured acts on Saturday include Richie Redding, who performs on the Katt Williams Tour worldwide, James Myers, the 2015 Hoboken Comedy Festival Winner, Usama Siddiquee from Yonkers Comedy Festival, and Gracie Canaan.

Come see all of the above acts at the NJfunnyfest on April 28th and 29th at The Shannon in Hoboken and Raval in Jersey City. Tickets are $15 advanced, and $25 at the door. They can be purchased here. If you can’t make the shows, donations to the Liberty Humane Society can be made here.

Michael’s Mission 8th Annual Gala Recap

#HipNJ is proud to share that Michael’s Mission’s 8th Annual Gala was a huge success. The gala was held at the Intercontinental Barclay Hotel in New York on March 16th.

The organization was able to raise nearly $600,000. The proceeds from the event will go towards national-reach programs, education and research initiatives. Michael’s Mission was able to have close to 500 of its friends, supporters and patients attend the benefit.

Eric Roppa was the winner of the raffle. Roppa won two tickets to the concert of his choice at Nassau Coliseum.

The event had many honorees in attendance. The honoree of the night was Donna M. Introcaso-Allison, who earned the 2017 Leadership Award. The Gala awarded Kristen McRedmond for her advocacy for colon and rectal cancer. Joe Orlando received a Mentorship Award for his work with diagnosed patients. Karen Walsh was given The Hope Award for patient outreach and awareness.

#HipNJ and Michael’s Mission are looking forward to the 9th annual Gala.