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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!

Teens for Teens Donates Funds for Residents of the Adolescent Psychiatry Specialty Program at Trinitas

Members of Teens for Teens of Union County recently donated $26,000 to provide new furnishings for patient rooms for the teens that live at the New Point Specialty, the adolescent psychiatry program at Trinitas Regional Medical Center.

The donation was presented in the form of a check at Trinitas’ 12th annual Academic Awards Program in June. The New Point Specialty is a 15-bed behavioral residential treatment program for adolescents ages 14 to 18.

The Teens for Teens volunteer organization was formed in 2013 when founder, Mitchell Kelly a high school sophomore at the time, and a few of his friends decided to make a difference in their own community, specifically with teens who were less fortunate. Each year, they hold a Gala reception with a silent auction and teen performances to raise money for various causes.

This year, their fifth annual charity gala to benefit New Point Specialty was held in May at the Stonehouse at Stirling Ridge. There were 280 attendees.

 “It was a wonderful event with live teen performers as well as speakers including New Point Specialty students,” says Samira Morin, an 18-year-old Westfield resident, has been involved for the past four years, and is currently the organization’s President. “Through donations, raffle and silent auctions, we were able to raise $26,000.

“I am beyond impressed with how Teens for Teens has grown throughout the years,” added Morin, a graduate of the Academy for Information Technology in Scotch Plains, who is bound for UCLA this fall. “I am even more excited to see how the group of amazing underclassmen who have just begun to get involved will carry the group forward in the upcoming years.”

Over the years, the team has raised about $125,000 for five different organizations: Robin’s Nest, Imagine, Liam’s Room, Roots & Wings, and New Point Specialty. Coco Herz, the current Vice President, will take over as President next year, and other members include:  Dom Palumbo, Matt Ruane, Sean Hough, Julia Sackett, Georgiana Katsingris, Andrea Morin, Joy Mulzoff, Julia Bell, Kiley Parker, Maddie Hagar, and Nikki Fiore.

“It was lovely for them to choose Trinitas this year,” says Nadine Brechner, Chief Development Officer and Vice President of the Trinitas Health Foundation. “They are a very ambitious and generous bunch.”

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Beth Battaglino on HealthyWomen

#HipNJ spoke with Beth Battaglino, CEO of HealthyWomen and NJ resident, about the efforts her organization is making to ensure that women are healthy and informed.

First of all, HealthyWomen is the nation’s leading independent, nonprofit health information source for women. “We are all about education and the importance of empowering women to have the information and resources they need to take care of themselves and their families,” Battaglino states.

For 30 years, millions of women have turned to HealthyWomen for answers to their most personal health care questions. What started as a toll-free telephone number and print newsletter has evolved into a community. In addition, HealthyWomen was the first online women’s health site to go live on the internet. “That was a huge game changer in the 90’s,” Battaglino recalls.

HealthyWomen also want to ensure that women are making self-care a priority, which prompted the launch of HealthiHER. They partnered with GCI Health and REDBOOK magazine to launch a HealthiHER survey of women ages 30-60 years old to better understand how women feel about their health.

Certainly, results of the survey were not surprising. “Women are still not putting themselves first,” Battaglino says. “Ladies, I know we are never going to put ourselves first, but can we at least be second or third on the list?” This means taking time for yourself, and always making your necessary health visits. “We give the tools needed to be put into action,” Battaglino states. “No one has an excuse anymore.”

Last year, HealthyWomen launched Keep The Care, a nationwide education and advocacy campaign aimed to empower Americans to demand that policymakers and health insurers protect women’s right to equal, accessible and affordable health coverage. Battaglino shares that there are currently 26 preventative screenings available to women free of charge. “While we still have them, we want to make sure women are aware,” she says.

Battaglino  is currently a practicing certified nurse at Hackensack Meridian Center. She says that moving her business from Washington D.C. to New Jersey has opened up many opportunities. “I absolutely love being in New Jersey. It has been one of the best moves for me not only personally, but also professionally.”

If anyone reading this would like to write a blog and share your story, Battaglino  says that HealthyWomen would love to hear from you. “We are always looking for health ambassadors, people who are doing great things in the health and wellness space.”

#HipNJ readers, if you would like to write out your story, email your information to info@healthywomen.org.

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PitCCh In Foundation

PitCCh In Foundation Celebrity Softball Game

New York athletes across all sports recently came together for a celebrity softball game at Yankees Stadium to support Bergen County power couple Amber and CC Sabathia‘s Pitcch In Foundation. 

This foundation enriches the lives of inner city youth by raising their self-esteem through educational and athletic activities. It is located in the New York Tri-state area and also Northern California.

The jam-packed rosters featured over 70 A-list names, including: Victor Cruz, Mariano Rivera, Action Bronson, Sharlee Jeter, Tiki Barber among others. Hollywood power couple Alex Rodriguez and Jennifer Lopez also popped in to say hello from the Yankees’ dugout!

Furthermore CC, a 2009 New York Yankees World Series Champion, discussed how the event was a dream come true. In fact, he said, “I always told [my wife] Amber that I’ve wanted to do a rockin’ softball game, but I never thought it would turn out like this.”

 #HipNJ’s Lisa Marie Latino spoke to some of the game’s participants on the pregame red carpet. This included: current Bronx Bomber Didi Gregorius; Yankees legend Jorge Posada and his wife, Laura; retired stars Johnny Damon and Carlos Beltran (New York Yankees). In addition, she spoke to Willie Colon (New York Jets); Chris Canty (New York Giants); Charles Oakley and Amar’e Stoudemire (New York Knicks).  Finally, she spoke with the man of the hour himself, CC Sabathia. Mitchell Modell of Modell’s Sporting Goods and Ralph Scamardella of Tao Group were among the supporters.

Watch the video, and learn how you can support the Pitcch In Foundation by visiting Pitcch.org.