Category Archives: #HipNJ Cares

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

NJ Pediatric Dentists Provide Free Dental Care for Kids

In connection with National Children’s Dental Health Month, New Jersey’s very own renowned Family Pediatric Dentist, Dr. Cavan Brunsden, continues his 17 year quest to provide access to dental care for underprivileged children, by managing and participating in Give Kids a Smile. As the chairman of the New Jersey Dental Association committee for Give Kids A Smile, Brunsden continues personal strides to ensure that every year those in need have an opportunity to seek the dental treatment that everyone deserves for their children.

Give Kids a Smile is an annual, FREE one-day only donated dental service program which delivers preventive and restorative dental services for under-served children throughout NJ communities and beyond. Dr. Brunsden and his KidZdent pediatric dental team once again have hosted this remarkable event which took place on Friday, February 1, 2019 at their Old Bridge office location.

“Children are our future and their dental health is very important. For almost two decades, the New Jersey ‘GIVE KIDS A SMILE’ volunteer program has delivered complimentary dental care to over 50,000 children totaling over $7 Million dollars,” Dr. Brunsden insights. “This remarkable program has introduced many children and their families to the world of preventive dental care, affording them the opportunity to achieve lifelong, healthy smiles.  I am so proud of the efforts put forth by all of the volunteer dentists, hygienists, dental assistants and professional staff who have truly transformed the lives of so many children.  Children deserve to have a smile that lights up the world around them – and we are proud to create them,” he exclaimed!

Along with their highly-skilled team of dental professionals and administrators donating their expertise and time to this wonderful achievement, other volunteers recognized that they were also encouraging others to enrich their own lives by giving back- a top priority in KidZdent’s true mission!  It’s about action, but it’s also about a establishing a feeling and connection with one another.

Give Kids A Smile has not only attracted dentists and practices from across the Garden State to join in on the fun, but would not have been complete without the help of other local businesses like BAGEL BOY in Old Bridge who contributed a delicious, healthy breakfast for all of the volunteers.

KidZ Hub Media was onsite filming LIVE broadcasts with KidZdent staff and patients throughout the day. The celebration really turned into an impactful occasion for everyone who walked through the door.

Swimming in sea of brightly colored balloons, children were greeted in the waiting area by face painters, Chompster (KidZdent’s beloved mascot) and even the Tooth Fairy who flew in special, making a rare guest appearance on their Red Carpet for some photo-ops. This wasn’t just your average appointment in the office, which current patients have already compared to as ‘delivering a Disneyland of Dentistry’ type of experience.  This was a momentous sentiment in pediatric dentistry.

With #GKAS trending across all social media platforms, New Jersey’s own can see for themselves the countless smiling faces, selfies and uplifting moments of the day. Aside from the friendly give-a-ways, and of course dental treatment, every child left with their personal goodie bag filled with tools, prizes, and other educational materials to continue proper dental care at home. In New Jersey, this program is sustained by Colgate, Henry Schein Dental, Delta Dental of NJ and other privately funded donations.

“To me, this is more than just a statewide initiative. It’s a national movement- especially during these difficult times for many families who are struggling and the political divide when it comes to access to optimal healthcare… I am so inspired to be surrounded by a group of people who are leading other individuals down a idealistic path and ensuring that we practice what we preach when it comes to being ‘Jersey Strong’ or ‘Jersey Pride’. ” said one volunteer. 

This program was open to children (ages 12 and younger), lacking dental coverage or those with low-grade insurance policies. These children were able to receive a comprehensive dental examination, oral health instructions, fluoride treatments, and complimentary dental hygiene materials, including toothbrushes, floss and toothpaste.

Last February, in New Jersey alone, over 2,000 children visited nearly 100 sites across the state, including private dental offices just like Dr. Brunsden’s. As we await the results for 2019 from the NJDA, all of the volunteers feel accomplished after another successful year- exceeding expectations. Dr. Brunsden and his volunteer staff hope to leave a lasting sentiment by helping to bring awareness for even more dental practices in New Jersey to join in for next year!

*Dr. Cavan Brunsden has been highly accredited in practicing dentistry for more than 38 years.  KidZdent is located at 2455 Route 516 Old Bridge, New Jersey.

Reveal of “Lightning M4” at BMW of Springfield with Mariano Rivera and Tom Maoli

On December 16, 2018, New York Yankee legend Mariano Rivera joins  CEO of Celebrity Motor Car Company Tom Maoli at BMW of Springfield for the unveiling of “Lightning M4“, which is owned by Rivera’s son, Mariano Rivera Jr

Mariano Rivera, baseball legend, played 19 seasons in the MLB for the Yankees from 1995-2013. He is known for being the greatest relief pitcher of all time, while pitching for a great cause! Tom Maoli is the President and CEO of NJ and NY based luxury dealership group, Celebrity Motor Cars, LLC

Rivera Jr.’s custom designed BMW “Lightning M4” was showcased and unveiled by Corsa Auto Design and Moemodz, the designer and installer. The event was spectacular and all proceeds went to River’s charity, St.Mary’s Healthcare System for Children in New York City.

 

Holiday Hip List 2018: Seltzer’s Rainbow Heart

The Hip List‘s Maria Falzo is here to tell you about her gift picks for the holidays!

Author Jayne DiGregorio stopped by the #HipNJ studio with her adorable 1 1/2 year old Bernedoodle, Bear, to chat with our Maria Falzo about the wonderful initiatives she is currently embarking on!

Jayne released a children’s book called “Seltzers Rainbow Heart” that was born from her heartbreak over losing her Yorkie, Seltzer, last May.

“It was a book that was a healing tool for me when I lost my little Yorkie, Seltzer, last May. I wanted to write a book to keep her legacy alive with all the unconditional love she offered to me and everyone who met her,” explained Jayne.

To further capture the spirit of Seltzer, Jayne recently published a coloring book called “COLOR Seltzer’s Rainbow Heart.” Portions of the proceeds from both books are donated to local animal shelters & rescues. For more information, visit www.SeltzersRainbowHeart.com.

It was important to Jayne to develop other ways to help the local pet community. For nearly a year, Jayne has been spearheading an initiative called C.A.R.E. Bearbox. Each month, Jayne collects gently used towels/blankets/toys around the community and delivers these boxes to a different Animal Shelter and Rescue. For the Holidays, Jayne is introducing the first first C.A.R.E Bearbox – 2018 Winter Box with the “Buy a Box, Give a Box” mission. With each box purchased, a box of goodies & essentials will be donated to a local Animal Shelter or Rescue. For more information, visit www.CareBearbox.com.

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