Category Archives: Charity

#HipNJ Cares: The CANswer Project

#HipNJ’s Sam Selvaggio is in Kettleworth where the Burb Neighborhood Fair has gathered over forty local vendors in support of the CANswer Project!

Stefania Colosimo, chairwoman of the CANswer Project, has recently lost her mom to lung cancer. In honor of her mother and other’s fighting the horrific disease, local vendors gather to sponsor local charity at this event.

The CANswer Project’s mission is to host fundraisers focused around life! Everyone at the event is a local business and this is great in helping promote the local community!

One local business is “not your grandma’s antique shop”. Garret Maney IV, owner of Antique Antics, closed shop just for the event! Now that’s dedication. Another local owner, Paul Mecca, owner of Patricia & Paul Artisans of Fine Oils and Balsamics, has a stand for locals to sample all of his great entities. He even donates 10% of all proceeds to the CANswer Project!

To check out more about this event and see what other great things this local community is doing for the CANswer Project check out their website!


#HipNJWeddings: Brides Against Breast Cancer

Calling all brides-to-be!

#HipNJ went behind the scenes at the Brides Against Breast Cancer event. There were ample opportunities for brides to come in and purchase designer dresses at a discount, with all proceeds going to breast cancer efforts!

To “ensure that no one has to face cancer alone”, the Brides Against Breast Cancer contributes to programs for cancer patients and their families all over the country.

In Weehawken, #HipNJ’s Sam Selvaggio met with show manager Mya Widmyer to learn more about Brides Against Breast Cancer. Mya told us that this charity event is hosted in over 170 cities around the country, bringing in six to seven hundred deeply discounted couture and designer wedding gowns to these events. (That’s a TON of fab dresses!) They even include local area wedding vendors as well.

It’s a one-stop shop for the brides, and 80% of proceeds go straight to funding free programs for cancer patients and their families. Mary Kay makeup even offers a drawing at this event for brides to get a free makeover, facial, and gift certificate!

One bride-to- be, Alex, is really excited about this event and chose to participate in the dress shopping here instead of purchasing a dress on her own.  She shares that her fiancé’s aunt died of breast cancer, so to Alex and her fiancé this event personally meant a lot.

For more info on this amazing event, visit

#MSUMonday: Autism Awareness Event

#HipNJ recently attended a great benefit for Autism at Montclair State University. It was a night of standout performances from Jersey Girls such as Laura Benanti and Jodi DiPiazza!

Laura Benanti, Tony Award winning Broadway star says, “rates of Autism are increasing and we still haven’t figured out why.” She says it’s important not only to figure out why it’s going on, but to educate people on how to interact with people that have the disease.

Gina McGlone, a professional singer, agrees with us that it is such a beautiful thing to gather and display the great talent here for this benefit event. She thinks it’s excellent to be a part of all of this and shows her loving support for the cause.

Sunda Croonquist, a professional comedian, refers to herself as a “homegirl from jersey” and loves that she can come back to the state for such a phenomenal cause! Autism, she says, holds a big place in her heart as her daughter’s best friends is autistic.

Jodi DiPiazza had a phenomenal performance at this event. She beautifully performed “On the Street Where You Live” and it was a hit! Co hosts Allison Langenohl of Farleigh Dickinson University and Danielle Iannetta of Montclair University both thought the event was an amazing experience to be able to host. It’s “something you don’t normally see on campus” says Danielle and it ended up being a “great show for a great cause!”