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!

#HipNJWeddings: American Dream Wedding Giveaway!

The small town of Bernardsville and its business community recognizes the large sacrifice made by American men and women serving in the Armed Forces. To show their appreciation, businesses are banding together to sponsor the American Military Dream Wedding Giveaway, an all-inclusive, all-expense paid wedding of a lifetime. Contestants are being recruited to enter the wedding giveaway by the September 26 deadline.

One lucky serviceman or woman from New Jersey–active duty or retired—will win an all-inclusive free wedding valued at approximately $50,000 that includes engagement and wedding rings, catered reception with entertainment and flowers, rehearsal and engagement parties, wedding gown, invitations, photography and video, portraiture and more—all donated by local businesses.

“We’re proud and excited to be sponsoring this dream wedding giveaway for a military couple and are actively seeking contestants,” said Bernardsville Chamber of Commerce Vice President and Contest Coordinator, Eileen Loughnane, who is also a military mom. “The outpouring of generous support from our local businesses has been tremendous.”

The lucky winning couple will receive rings donated by Diamond Dream Fine Jewelers, wedding reception hosted by The Bernards Inn, engagement party hosted by Dolce, rehearsal dinner hosted by The Olde Mill Inn, a commissioned painted portrait from JM Stringer Gallery, and so much more.

Additionally, the band Chicago is dedicating their new song, “America,” as the theme song for the wedding giveaway. The song is written by founding band member, Lee Loughnane.

How To Enter 
To enter the American Military Dream Wedding Giveaway, contestants must share their love stories in a simple written 500-word essay and / or 1-3 minute videotaped submission explaining why they wish to participate in the contest at:http://www.AMERICANDREAMWEDDINGBVILLE.ORG . Entries will be judged based on need, originality, creativity and overall composition. Deadline is September 26.

Additionally, up to ten lucky couples will be selected and invited to compete in a scavenger hunt through the towns of Bernardsville and Basking Ridge on Thursday, October 2 for a chance to win more prizes. The grand prize winners of the dream wedding giveaway will be introduced to the public at a formal presentation at the “Taste of Bernardsville and Beyond” event on Monday, October 6.

For complete contest rules and more information, visit: http://www.AMERICANDREAMWEDDINGBVILLE.ORG or call Eileen Loughnane at 908-642-8369.

Major Sponsors: 
Diamond Dream Fine Jewelers—Engagement and Wedding Rings
Dolce—Engagement Party
JM Stringer Gallery of Art—Portrait of Couple
Olde Mill Inn—Rehearsal Dinner
The Bernards Inn—Wedding Reception

Additional Sponsors: 
Bernardsville Print Center–Invitations
Carla Fabrizi Cosmetics—Bridal Make up
Elizabeth Johns—Wedding Gown
Generic Brand Human–Videography
Laura Clare Floral Design and Event Décor–Flowers
Stephen Taylor Photography–Photography

#TBT: SoPAC Saves The Day – Superhero Camp

Fun for kids & families – it’s time to get funky!

The South Orange Performing Arts Center has saved the day yet again! #HipNJ’s Gina Cerniglia got to meet all superheros under one roof as SoPAC host’s a mini superhero camp for little ones.

Director of External Relations, Dee Billia explains to #HipNJ the SoPac Celebratory Gala consists of #Kidville’s superhero workshop where they dress up & create masks of their favorite hero, and a #BobbyBeetcut performance – FREE for the community!

Gina was ‘super’ lucky to chat with professional musician, & empowerment enthusiast, Bobby Beetcut as he explains how to take on the world through his great tunes.

To find out where Bobby Beetcut is playing next visit www.Beetcut.com

Free events for families, you can’t beat that! For more information about more events at SoPAC please visit www.sopacnow.org/

Star Dog

Do you give a “shirt?”

Star Dog certainly does.  What started out as a small charitable concept is now a booming business helping children in need!

#HipNJ’s Kelly Dillon sat with the founder and owner of Star Dog, Denise Riccotti, to learn more about this stylish organization.

The company was born out of a clothing donation Denise made to an orphanage in Mexico.  The children were ecstatic when they received the brand-new garments, and asked if they could have dogs printed on the shirts.  Thus, a brand was born!

Star Dog’s shirts are made from pre-shrunk, soft spun cotton, and are available in all sizes.  #HipNJ charities that SD is affiliated with include The Valerie Fund’s “Camp Happy Times”; Your Grandmother’s Cupboard; Father English Center and many, many more.

When you purchase a shirt from Star Dog, they in turn donate one back one of their charities.  To pay it forward in a fashionable way, or to learn more about Star Dog, please visit their website.