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!

#HipNJ Cares: The Comfort Project 360’s Reason to Rock

#HipNJ was at the “A Reason to Rock” launch event for Comfort Project 360. All proceeds raised benefitted cancer patient care at the Saint Barnabas Hospital Radiation Oncology Department.

Over 400 people packed Crestmont Country Club in West Orange for a night of dancing  with 80’s cover band Rubix Kube.  In between the food, silent auction and the fun, the attendees paid homage to Mindy Roth, recipient of the Inspirational Journey Award.

“The medical care at St. Barnabas Medical Center is terrific, but we felt that something was missing,” explained Hyla Weiss, co-founder of Comfort Project 360 and a cancer survivor.  “We felt that the experience could be a little more uplifting, and we’ve started to make changes.”  Those changes include new robes, refurbished patient changing rooms and family waiting areas.

“It’s a hard journey.  Cancer is a scary word to hear, and we want to make the experience a little easier,” added Suzanne Unger, Hyla’s partner in Comfort Project 360 and a cancer caretaker.

The 501(c)(3) organization is spearheading a multi-phase renovation to enhance the healing environment for the more than 800 patients that receive radiation therapy each year at Saint Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston.  Let’s show them how #HipNJ Cares by supporting to the cause!

For more information on Comfort Project 360, visit their website.

#HipNJ Cares: BBN Foundation 2nd Annual Fall Gala

#HipNJ is proud to support the BBN Foundation and their annual gala for the second year!

The mission of the BBN Foundation is to support and provide educational programs that promote effective and compassionate communication in healthcare. Their objective is to improve healthcare through better communication.

We attended their fete at The Wilshire Grand Hotel in West Orange, and spoke to the key people who are making groundbreaking changes in the medical world.

Dr. Anthony Orsini, developer of the “Breaking Bad News” model, explained to our Lisa Marie Latino about the strides the organization has made since we spoke a year ago.

“With the money raised last year, we were able to expand the program into training doctors in five different specialities in four different hospitals in New Jersey,” dished Doctor.  “I’m also very happy to announce that, as of this year, we’re expanding the program to Florida and Virginia“.

Count the BBN Foundation among the many trends #HipNJ sets across the country!

Debbie Woodbury, author of and a cancer survivor, lauded the program: “We’ve all gotten bad news, and I’ve heard so many horror stories [about how medical professionals handled the situation], so it’s wonderful that someone is doing something about it.”

To learn more about the BBN Foundation or to join the cause, log onto

Happy Veterans Day! Presenting the American Dream Wedding Scavenger Hunt

The town of Bernardsville recognizes the large sacrifice made by American men and women serving in the armed forces.

To show their appreciation, businesses banded together to sponsor The American Military Dream Wedding Giveaway, an all-inclusive, all-expense paid wedding of a lifetime. The finalists competed in a scavenger hunt where the winner took all!

#HipNJ’s Julie Dedoussis was behind-the-scenes with the owner of Diamond Dream Fine Jewelers, Faina Shapiro, who tells #HipNJ that they donated engagement rings and wedding bands for The American Military Dream Wedding Giveaway. She had an idea to do something good for the veterans, which turned into this great event that brought the community together!

Nicole Russo, the winner of the scavenger hunt, has a military fiancé overseas right now and did the race for him. She says winning would be a great motivation for him to get home as soon as he can! Nicole had no words after this amazing win of a lifetime; she was so happy to have the opportunity for her family to all be together on her special day.  Without the generosity of all the participating vendors, she never would have been able to afford her dream.

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