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!

Live.Love.Dance.

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.

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!