Category Archives: Fundraiser

Phil Simms Roast for St. Anthony’s High School

Football fans all over the world are used to seeing New York Giants legend (and Franklin Lakes resident) Phil Simms serve as a hard-hitting color analyst for the NFL on CBS, but they’ve NEVER seen him like this!

Phil was roasted by his former Big Blue teammates to raise money and awareness for St. Anthony’s High School in Jersey City at JC’s Casino in the Park. The charity event- which raised more than $100,000!- was attended by over 400 people, including many Giants among men: Howard Cross, Phil McConkey, Brad Benson, Bart Oates and Jim Burt.

“We’re here to bury Phil Simms, to knock him into next week”, Phil McConkey joked.  “But we’re also here to make sure that the school lasts for a long, long time.” 

St. Anthony’s is best known for its basketball program, led by Hall of Fame Coach Bob Hurley.  Despite the school’s success, they must stage fundraising efforts year-round to keep its doors open.

Last year, Phil attended the roast of NBA coach PJ Carlesimo, and volunteered to be roasted in 2014 because “it’s the least I can do for a man like Coach Hurley”.  (Fun fact: Newark’s Shaquille O’Neal has also raised awareness for St. Anthony’s!)

Attendee Dennis Gibbons summed up the event- and it’s ties to the Garden State- best: “People in New Jersey resonate to the Giants, they resonate to St. Anthony’s, they resonate to winners…and that’s what New Jersey is all about!”

For more on St. Anthony’s High School, visit their website or call 201-653-5143.

Richard J. Codey Arena Hosts Night of Heroes

The most impressive football game wasn’t played at Metlife Stadium last weekend; it was at South Mountain Reservation Complex in West Orange, New Jersey!

The Wounded Warrior Amputee Football Team, 9/11 first responders from New York and New Jersey, and over 30 NFL legends squared off in a charity flag football game that showcased why our citizens are #JerseyStrong.  Participants included former New York Giant Jim Burt, New York Jet Joe Klecko, retired Pittsburgh Steeler Rocky BleierNFL Hall-of-Famers Jack Youngblood and Anthony Munoz, Green Bay Packer legend Jerry Kramer and ESPN’s Tim Hasselbeck.

Besides dazzling the packed crowd with their football prowess, the participants were very generous of their time, posing for numerous photos and signing autographs prior to kickoff.  The legendary 70’s group The Village People performed their greatest hits at halftime, and there was even a marriage proposal at the 50 yard line!

“Essex County rocks!”  exclaimed New York Giants legend Phil McConkey to our own Lisa Marie Latino.

That sentiment was echoed throughout Lisa Marie’s chats with former Philadelphia Eagle and the inspiration for the movie “Invincible”, Vince Papale; New York Giants Super Bowl champion Leonard Marshall; ESPN’s Dave Stevens and Colonel Gregory D. Gadson, a bilateral above-the-knee amputee who served as a source of inspiration for the Giants historic Super Bowl XLII run.  Lisa Marie also spoke with retired football pro Joe Andruzzi, who was there to support his three brothers that sacrificed their lives during the September 11 attack.  Joe is no stranger to heroics himself, however- he is credited for rescuing numerous people at the finish line during last year’s tragic Boston Marathon bombing.

Only in New Jersey did you find these megawatt sports stars during Super Bowl Week!

For more information on Wounded Warrior Amputee Football Challenge, visit their website.

Females, Football and Philanthropy

Spa treatments, chic boutiques, makeup tutorials…this wasn’t your father’s tailgate party!

Females, Football, and Philanthropy” kicked off Super Bowl weekend in glam style. Powerhouse New Jersey women (and some men!) filled the Upper Montclair Country Club in Clifton, NJ to hobnob with celebrity chefs and CBS Sports Radio personalities (including the night’s emcee, Amy Lawrence, and WFAN’s Janice Kirkel), shop an exclusive silent auction, and sip on custom cocktails by Punzone Vodka. The Wellness Lounge treated guests to massages, chiropractic adjustments, ear candling, and reflexology. And what’s a tailgate party without some football?  Players from the New York Sharks, part of the Women’s Football Alliance, showed guests how to toss a football, hit a target, suit up and have lots of fun!

“Females, Football & Philanthropy” was all to benefit the American Cancer Society, and honored a courageous group of local women that won their battle against their illness.  Honorees included actress Regina Taylor; Annie Del Moro; Andrea Raynor, author and 9/11 chaplain; Nicole McGrath, DDS, founder of the KinderSmile Foundation; Pamela Pecs Citron, founder of Pendo Systems, Inc.; and Deb Belfatto, co-founder of Susan G. Komen for the Cure (North Jersey Chapter).

#HipNJ’s Gina Cerniglia “Glammed up the Ultimate Party for a Cause” by interviewing some of the honorees, attendees, and founder of the event, Allison Sargent.

For more information, visit Females, Football & Philanthropy on the web!