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#HipNJ Cares highlights the Garden State’s heart of gold. We feature passionate charity efforts and the philanthropic all-stars behind these important initiatives!

André Leon Talley

JOIN ANDRÉ LEON TALLEY AT THE WOMEN’S ASSOCIATION OF NJPAC’S SPRING LUNCHEON

Celebrated fashion industry scribe André Leon Talley shares stories about his extraordinary career on Tuesday, May 7 as the special honored guest of the Women’s Association of NJPAC’s Spring Luncheon & Auction 2019, a festive gathering held annually for the benefit of the New Jersey Performing Arts Center on its Prudential Hall stage.

An important figure in African-American culture, Talley will candidly discuss growing up in the segregated South and his journey to the peak of the fashion world, serving as a protégé of Diana Vreeland, Andy Warhol and Anna Wintour. He is a former director of Vogue magazine and a judge on the television show “America’s Next Top Model.” Talley’s life was featured in Kate Novack’s critically acclaimed 2017 documentary “The Gospel According to André.”

Talley is the author of “A.L.T.: A Memoir” and “A.L.T. 365+.” He has edited “The Little Black Dress” and “Oscar de la Renta: His Legendary World of Style” and is working on his second volume of memoirs, “Chiffon Trenches.”

The WA, which this year commemorates the 25th anniversary of its founding, also has announced that singer, actress and arts advocate Yvette Glover will receive the Ronnie Goldberg Award 2019 for “Outstanding Contributions to the Women’s Association and NJPAC.” Her award will be presented by her son, Tony Award winning tap dancer and choreographer Savion Glover (“Shuffle Along,” “Bring in ‘da Noise, Bring in ‘da Funk”), who is NJPAC’s Dance Advisor and a member of its Board of Directors.

“The quarter-century of good works achieved by the Women’s Association of NJPAC puts extra glow into this year’s Spring Luncheon & Auction, one of our favorite events among many,” said WA President Marcia Wilson Brown. “Our legacy was built by nine adventurous women into a 2,500-member powerhouse of talent that supports the mission of the Arts Center and the importance of cultural literacy in the community. We’re celebrating the 25th anniversary by continuing to foster meaningful partnerships, enhancing our visibility, and participating in innovative programming.”

The WA is the largest single fund-raiser for the Arts Center. Co-chairs for the 22nd annual Spring Luncheon & Auction are community leader and philanthropist Deborah Q. Belfatto and Professor Faith Taylor of Montclair State University’s Feliciano Business School and founder of Resiliency Center.

A networking reception and silent auction kicks off the event from 10:30 a.m. to noon in the lobby of elegant Prudential Hall, followed by the luncheon and program on its stage until 1:30 p.m.

A student of NJPAC’s arts education programs, acclaimed 17-year-old jazz vocalist Alexis Morrast gives a special performance at the Spring Luncheon & Auction. Much like another Newarker, the “Divine” Sarah Vaughan, Morrast also is a title holder from “Amateur Night at the Apollo” (winning twice) and captured first place in television’s “Showtime at the Apollo,” hosted by Steve Harvey. A singer from the age of 3, she was named Hot House Jazz Guide’s “Best Up and Coming Young Artist” in 2017.

Attended by hundreds of guests dressed in colorful, garden-party attire, the WA’s springtime tradition features a raffle drawing and mobile bidding on must-haves like luxury vacations, high-end designer accessories, and tickets to the hottest concerts. Past speakers have included author Grace Bonney and celebrity model Ashley Graham.

Presenting Sponsor of the Spring Luncheon & Auction 2019 is RWJBarnabas Health. Underwriters include Prudential, The MCJ Amelior Foundation and United, the Official Airline of Spring Luncheon & Auction 2019.

The deadline for reservations is April 19. To register online, click to NJPAC.org/SpringLuncheon or email womensassociation@njpac.org for additional information.

About the Women’s Association of NJPAC
The Women’s Association of NJPAC (WA) is celebrating 25 years and over $52 million raised to support NJPAC and programs that enrich the lives of our current and future generations of cultural citizens. When the WA was established in 1994, its organizers could be counted on two hands. Since that time, the WA has grown – to some 2,000 members strong today – to help NJPAC achieve its dreams. Many of the most influential and powerful women in the state lend their time, talent and treasure to support arts education for our young, champion Newark’s remarkable evolution, and advance NJPAC as a home for world-class artistry. For years, the WA has worked with the Arts Center to fulfill its mission to innovate, educate, collaborate and advocate. For more information, visit wanjpac.org. Follow the WA at @njpacwomen, #WAluncheon and NJPAC.org/women.

fashion with compassion

Join #HipNJ at Fashion with Compassion!

The St. Joseph’s Health Foundation is holding their third annual Fashion With Compassion to benefit The St. Joseph’s Health Children’s Hospital on April 4, 2019 at Rockleigh Country Club in Rockleigh, NJ!

This event is one of #HipNJ‘s favorites every spring (click here to watch our coverage from last year’s event!) Guests will enjoy an evening of sipping, shopping and mingling with fabulous foods, fine wines and a marketplace of fashion-forward vendors. During the event’s silent auction, guests will be able to bid on items worn on Real Housewives of New Jersey by cast members  Dolores Catania and Margaret Josephs. In addition, there will be dancing, a high end raffle, and more for all the fashionistas in attendance!

Fashion with Compassion co-chairs, Maryanne Puccio and Donna DeCandido, spoke to Steve Adubato about why others should join them in their support of St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital.

“It’s a fun night to get dressed up, grab your friends and help the children at St. Joseph’s Health,” explained Donna.

“We have a whole marketplace and there is just beautiful things– from handbags to scarves to jewelry,” added Maryanne. “Our goal is to raise $200,000 for the children and families that are part of the St. Joseph’s Health family.”

A component of St. Joseph’s Health, St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital is a state-designated acute care specialized children’s hospital located at St. Joseph’s University Medical Center, on the System’s main campus in Paterson, New Jersey. Renowned for its leading edge technology and compassionate “patients first” approach to service excellence, the Children’s Hospital provides specialized health care services designed especially for children from birth to age 21. Proceeds from the event will provide important funding to the life-saving and life-changing services for the children of St. Joseph’s Health.

Join #HipNJ and get your tickets now at StJosephsFashion.org.

Fabulous Female – Kirsten Corley

This month’s Fabulous Female, is Kirsten Corley! Kirsten attended Stockton State, and after graduating ,worked in NY as a writer and Editorial Director. Kirsten also wrote a book about relationship lifestyles and mental health. In her spare time Kirsten would also  volunteer for fun.  In the summer of 2018, she turned that into a career by becoming the Development Associate at Covenant House. She works out of the Covenant House crisis center, in Newark NJ, coordinating young professional volunteers.

Covenant House is a non-profit organization that helps homeless and trafficked youth transition from off the streets to leading stable lives. Covenant House focuses on jobs, education and teaching youth fundamental basics with a goal of eventually living on their own.  The non-profit is currently in 32 different cities, in 6 different countries and serves up to 80,000 youth every year

Kirsten was prompted to become involved with Covenant House when she participated in a Sleep Out event in 2014.  ‘Sleep Out’ is a movement that asks individuals to sleep outside the Covenant Shelter for the night with a box and sleeping bag.  This event raises money, and brings awareness to the problem that is youth homelessness in today’s society.  

Kirsten’s main focus is to get homeless kids off the streets. She feels that when kids have the courage to walk through the Covenant House doors and admit they need help, it is her job and obligation to make sure they get where they deserve to be and have the opportunity at a great life.

In what little spare time she has, Kirsten attends public speaking events to talk about the work she does.  She also finds time to write on the side and likes to train for half and full marathons. She is constantly juggling all of her responsibilities, but feels that to be her best self means taking care of herself and striving to do things that make her happy.

As a young woman in today’s society Kirsten finds that at times there are challenges with some people taking her seriously.  She doesn’t allow this to be an obstacle, because she has a strong group of women supporting and encouraging her.  Her opinion is that right now it’s the time for women to both “drive and thrive in their careers” and that there is nothing that, with the right support and frame of mind, we can’t do.

Kirsten stays so organized with everything she’s juggling, day to day by utilizing lists. She also utilizes the calendar on her phone religiously. On Sundays she outlines her week, and writes down how her time should be spent. Her philosophy is about focusing on the here and now… which will eventually get her to where she wants to be.

I asked Kirsten how anyone can become involved and give back to their community, when donating monetarily may not be an option. Kirsten stated there are many opportunities at Covenant House, to volunteer, and getting in touch with her can be the first step. While it may be intimidating for someone to volunteer, not knowing what they are getting into, it is also the most rewarding experience.  You can check the Covenant House website for the next Sleep Out event or even to just donate!