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!

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.

#TBT: Supporting Golden Glove Event & Breast Cancer Research

#HipNJ’s Gina Cerniglia attended the Golden Glove event where fighter duke it out for a great cause.

#JamesGandolifini had also supported this wonderful charity and Gina goes behind the scenes to chat with employee from IBEW Local 164, Keith Misciagna (former councilmen) about their signature charity, Project Grandma and Breast Cancer Research

The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers sought to obtain an improved way of life for electrical linesmen whose death rate was one of every two hired. Without apprenticeship programs and safety standards, pioneering linesmen and electricians risked their lives for a mere 15 to 20 cents an hour. Founded in 1901, in Paramus, NJ, Local 164 remains dedicated to the IBEW’s original objective and programs to make life better for its members and those around them.

Gina was lucky enough to speak with the one and only Heart of a Champion Award Recipient, martial arts trainer & breast cancer survivor, Danielle Lenardo. She tells #HipNJ about her prestigious award & gives her advice for those fighting this cancer.

For more information on IBEW Local 164 visit


Imagine yourself living in conditions where you could barely afford to keep a roof over your head, let alone have enough means to feed yourself….now imagine throwing a child into that equation.

Millions of children worldwide miss out on their childhoods as a result of poverty. All children are completely dependent on others; therefore they don’t have any viable options to escape the underprivileged life that they were born into.

Jonathan Lopez, world traveling DJ and founder of the Live.Love.Dance Organization, has created a way to help solve this issue.  By utilizing the art of music and dance, his charity appeals to the hearts of donors who want to change the lives of underprivileged children all across the world.

HipNJ’s Gina Cernielia worked the red carpet at their fundraising gala at Fiesta of Wood Ridge. During the event, she chatted with Jonathan and received some insight on how he started Live.Love.Dance.

Through his words, you can clearly tell that Lopez has always had a philanthropic mindset. His career afforded him the opportunity of traveling the globe and seeing first hand how people, especially children, all over the world suffer from the harsh effects of poverty. His passion in life is bettering the lives of impoverished children all over the world.

“All children need is a little help, a little hope, and somebody who believes in them,” explains Jonathan.   And with a little contribution, YOU can too. Too find out more information about the organization or how to donate, please visit their website.

Today could be the day that YOU change the life of an underprivileged child.