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!

Alzheimer's New Jersey

Alzheimer’s New Jersey #CelebratingNewJersey Gala

On May 3rd, Alzheimer’s New Jersey hosted their seventh annual Celebrating New Jersey Gala, and #HipNJ has the scoop!

The highly anticipated gala included fabulous food, a silent auction, and spectacular musical entertainment. Support of the gala benefitted Alzheimer’s New Jersey in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease. They work hard towards improving the lives of people in New Jersey who are affected by Alzheimer’s and other dementias by offering continuous hope and support.

During the evening, the Circle of Honor award was presented to NJ.com’s Tony Dearing as recipient of the Spirit Award for his outstanding volunteerism in raising awareness about Alzheimer’s disease. Educational Testing Services was the recipient of the Corporation of the Year Award for outstanding corporate philanthropy and community dedication.

Proceeds raised form the Celebrating New Jersey Gala directly supported local programs and services for families facing this devastating disease, as well as research for a cure.

To learn more or to donate, visit AlzNJ.org.

#HipNJ Remembers Anthony Bourdain

Anthony Bourdain, chef, storyteller, writer and host of CNN‘s “Parts Unknown,” has passed away at the age of 61.

Bourdain took viewers around the world to uncover lesser known places and explore cultures and cuisine. He was born in New York City, and grew up in Leonia.

Bourdain was in France working on his CNN series at the time of his death. He is survived by his 11-year-old daughter, Ariane, and his girlfriend, Asia Argento.

His death comes just days after fashion designer Kate Spade took her own life at the age of 55.

If you or someone you know needs help, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

Elena Marmo on WaterAid

Elena Marmo of WaterAid joined Lisa Marie Latino in the #HipNJ studio to discuss her work with the amazing organization.

WaterAid is an international development organization, working in over 35 countries. They provide access to clean water, sanitation and hygiene.

The Parsippany native tells Latino that there are 844 million people across the globe that do not have access to clean water. “That’s about one in every ten people,” she states.

Marmo has visited Colombia and Cambodia to help spread the mission of WaterAid. They hope to provide clean water to everyone, everywhere by 2030. “We’re on our way, but we’ve still got some work to do.”

In May, students from Montclair State University, Rutgers University and Ramapo University will be climbing Mount Kilimanjaro to raise money and awareness for the cause. To learn more, click here.