Category Archives: Philanthropy

Connie Dwyer Breast Center Set to Open at Trinitas

In light of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Connie Dwyer, a known philanthropist, will be opening her second Breast Center in early October. The Center is located at the main campus of Trinitas Regional Medical Center in Elizabeth

Just last year, we had the pleasure of previewing the new Breast Center at Trinitas while gaining a great understanding of Connie’s reasoning behind starting the Connie Dwyer Breast Cancer Foundation. Connie herself suffered from breast cancer, which was life changing for her. She was first diagnosed in 1999 and had a double mastectomy. Her own battle caused her to become mindful of the other women out there fighting breast cancer, especially those who come from low-income backgrounds. She feels that EVERY woman who has breast cancer should be able to tell their story just like she has. She believes that they should not be denied proper care due to certain circumstances. 

Often times, women from disadvantaged backgrounds do not have access to the services needed to treat breast cancer, and therefore their stories are never heard. They don’t even have the option to help themselves. This is why the Connie Dwyer Breast Cancer Foundation specifically helps women in need, ensuring that they are receiving the proper care. This includes screening, diagnosis, and treatment, as well as, community outreach and education programs. The Breast Center is state of the art, with innovative technology such as 3D imaging, and highly qualified, bilingual specialists. 

Connie Dwyer’s story is one of determination, bravery, and resilience. Because of her, hundreds, even millions of women will be able to share their journeys and battles with the world, encouraging even more to step up and help others who are in need. We are so excited to see the finished Breast Center next month and even more excited about the fact that more and more women will be able to receive assistance. 

PitCCh In Foundation

PitCCh In Foundation Celebrity Softball Game

New York athletes across all sports recently came together for a celebrity softball game at Yankees Stadium to support Bergen County power couple Amber and CC Sabathia‘s Pitcch In Foundation. 

This foundation enriches the lives of inner city youth by raising their self-esteem through educational and athletic activities. It is located in the New York Tri-state area and also Northern California.

The jam-packed rosters featured over 70 A-list names, including: Victor Cruz, Mariano Rivera, Action Bronson, Sharlee Jeter, Tiki Barber among others. Hollywood power couple Alex Rodriguez and Jennifer Lopez also popped in to say hello from the Yankees’ dugout!

Furthermore CC, a 2009 New York Yankees World Series Champion, discussed how the event was a dream come true. In fact, he said, “I always told [my wife] Amber that I’ve wanted to do a rockin’ softball game, but I never thought it would turn out like this.”

 #HipNJ’s Lisa Marie Latino spoke to some of the game’s participants on the pregame red carpet. This included: current Bronx Bomber Didi Gregorius; Yankees legend Jorge Posada and his wife, Laura; retired stars Johnny Damon and Carlos Beltran (New York Yankees). In addition, she spoke to Willie Colon (New York Jets); Chris Canty (New York Giants); Charles Oakley and Amar’e Stoudemire (New York Knicks).  Finally, she spoke with the man of the hour himself, CC Sabathia. Mitchell Modell of Modell’s Sporting Goods and Ralph Scamardella of Tao Group were among the supporters.

Watch the video, and learn how you can support the Pitcch In Foundation by visiting Pitcch.org.

Minette's Angels

Garden State Partners Come Together for Minette’s Angels

It truly takes a village to put together a great event, and no one knows and appreciates that fact like our staff here at #HipNJ. In anticipation of tonight’s Minette’s Angels “Celebration of Angels” gala at The Park Savoy, we want to spotlight some kind-hearted Garden State brands and organizations that helped bring the silent auction prizes and gala swag bags to the next level.

Bella Cape by Katherine Mahony Designs

#HipNJ Silent Auction Partners

  • State Theatre New Jersey & The Heldrich (New Brunswick)
  • MPAC Performing Arts Center & Mille’s Meatballs (Morristown)
  • Papermill Playhouse and Peter’s (Millburn)
  • SOPAC and The Reservior (South Orange)
  • Katherine Mahony Designs 
  • Gotham Steel
  • Bloomingdale’s
  • Lisa Battaglia 
  • Virginia Wolf NYC
  • Tervis
  • Extravagonzo 
  • Hamptons Salt Company 

Goody Bags Aren’t Just for Kids

Attendees will cap off their fun night by taking home a bag full of swag, including copies of New Jersey Family Magazine and Kind Bars!

Follow tonight’s festivities on Facebook, as we go LIVE from the Minette’s Angels red carpet!