Category Archives: Philanthropy

Blow Outs for Boobies Fundraiser!

Three years ago, my daughter came home asking for a pink extension in her hair. She wanted the extension since all of her friends had one. Since I’m not one to follow the mainstream, I agreed to let her get the pink extension with a caveat. She had to figure out a way to raise money to donate. My ex mother in law had a mastectomy, and I’ve had friends diagnosed with breast cancer. For these reasons, this is a cause that is near to my heart.

We took to Google to find a salon that put in extensions. We came across Dolce Hair Design in Lyndhurst. After research, on pricing, etc we found the salon was hosting a Blow Outs for Boobies fundraiser. We stopped in the salon, and after getting her pink extension my daughter made her pitch to owner Nicole Scott. She asked Nicole if she (with moms help) could make and sell cupcakes the day of the event. We would take our proceeds and add them to what the salon raised. Nicole immediately said yes, and there began our tradition of participating in this yearly event.

Blow Outs for Boobies stemmed as a partnership with the Lyndhurst Police Departments Pink Patch Project, which started in 2015. Nicole, and her sister Michele, wanted to get involved because they personally know many women, inclusive of some clients, who have been affected by breast cancer. Not being women to sit on the sidelines, they rallied their amazing staff and got involved in 2016. This is their third year partnering with the LPD and to date have raised over $5000!

The Lyndhurst Police Department is one of the Pink Patch partners, and it’s spearheaded by Sergeant Rick Pizzutti.  Sgt. Pizzutti uses this as a platform to bring awareness to the disease, while raising money for the John Theurer Cancer Center, in Hackensack.  The LPD raises money, and awareness, not just by supporting Blow Outs for Boobies, but also by selling pink patches and tee shirts all throughout the month of October. All proceeds donated to the John Theurer Cancer Center.

This year’s event is on Sunday October 28th, from 11am-3pm.  Blowouts are $25, and everyone who participates will be entered into an iPad raffle. There will be music, other giveaways and of course pink frosted cupcakes and pink lemonade. Please stop by and get a fabulous blowout, cupcake and enjoy some great music. As always, 100% of the proceeds will be donated.

Fabulous Females: Parker Sanchez

There’s a meme I see often – “Real Queens Fix Each Other’s Crowns.” This month’s Fabulous Female very appropriately has a real crown! Parker Sanchez, from Hardwick, is the reigning Mrs. Universal. On top of that she’s a part time SAHM of two active toddlers and works part time at The Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms. Parker recently changed careers after teaching ballroom dancing for over a decade. Prior to teaching dance, Parker attended Fordham University, where she obtained a B.A. in American Studies and an M.A. in History. Beauty and brains!

Parker has been involved in pageantry for ten years, and once she entered her first pageant she was hooked. For her it was a way to network with incredibly passionate, driven women who were doing serious volunteerism and using their titles to promote causes dear to their hearts. Parker is an ambassador and advisor for The Unmentionables, a nonprofit organization that provides forcibly displaced individuals and communities around the world with safe and consistent access to sexual and reproductive health education, services, and protection and empowerment programs.

Parker manages to single handedly run a household with two toddlers and a husband who’s in law enforcement (with a crazy schedule), volunteer for The Unmentionables and use her title as a megaphone to promote other causes she cares about. It’s exhaustive, but she has the support of her husband Pablo, or as she calls him, “Mr. Universal.” She told me that Pablo isn’t the type of guy to ask “why?”, but instead says “why not?” to any crazy idea or plan she has. There’s nothing more empowering for a woman than a husband who’s supporting and understanding (oh yeah and he’s my cousin!).

When I asked Parker how she’s able to juggle everything, she said she multitasks like a boss! For her the drive is that she wants her children see a mom who’s passionate about bettering the world, and to demonstrate to them that you can do anything you set your mind to … and of course Starbucks helps!! Give me that red eye stat!

Robin DiLauri Filippone Lends Her Voice to the Pink Crusade

By: Robin DiLauri Filippone

The Inferno’s Band travels all over the world. There have been so many unbelievable experiences but to this day, there is one that I still have a hard time explaining in words…

My first time performing with The Infernos at the Susan G. Komen North Jersey breast cancer walk was a day I will never forget. I can’t begin to tell you the emotions that were inside of me. A surreal feeling, as if you are a part of something so much bigger. A truly magical feeling. An ocean of pink. Thousands of women who were sisters. An unspoken family. Holding each other, hugging, laughing, singing and dancing at 8AM in the morning!

The Infernos were also a part of another amazing event, Minette’s Angels 15th anniversary gala. The night was a beautiful execution of selfless people helping those in need while keeping the memory of mother, wife, sister, friend, Minette McKenna.

This year, breast cancer hit me right at home. My best friend, Tracy, who is like family, was diagnosed. My dear survivor warrior friend Deb Belfatto (whom I met when through the Infernos band,) directed us to Tracy’s angels on earth- the man who would soon saved her life, Dr. Michael Scoppetuolo and his lovely wife, Rosemary.

Needless to say, when I was asked to sing at the Fashion for the Pink Crusade, which raises funds for the Saint Barnabas Breast Center (that helped my friend get through 20 grueling treatments of chemotherapy) there was no choice but to say YES. The honor is all mine. The idea of filling a room with music among survivors, family members, donors, and friends fills my heart with such joy. I am singing a ballad of hope and strength.

For more information about Fashion for the Pink Crusade, click here.