Category Archives: Philanthropy

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José Eber Salon at St. Joseph’s Hospital

The Tom Coughlin Jay Fund Foundation has teamed with the Center for Pediatric Cancers and Blood Disorders at St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital in Paterson to make the mothers of pediatric cancer patients feel special!

Josè Eber Salon in Millburn donated their time to style hair, and do makeup and nails for the extraordinary mothers.

Follow-Up Counselor Ashley Marchese explained that a lot of the moms do not have the chance to get away from the hospital often, especially when their children require inpatient care. So, this day becomes a “me-day,” where the mothers have the opportunity to get pampered and relax.

Megan Balinski, hair stylist at Josè Eber Salon, said that this day is especially important to her because it hits home.  Her sister was diagnosed with cancer at the age of five. Seeing what her parents went through made her want to “give back to the mothers who are dealing with the same thing.”

Former New York Giants Super Bowl champion Chris Snee also attended this event, as the Tom Coughlin Jay Fund Foundation is close to his heart. He said that since these mothers do not have the time to go to the spa, “why not bring the spa to them?” He went on to say that this is “just another great example of what the Foundation does.”

These mothers and their children are fighting a battle that requires time and energy. “It’s hard to do anything because everything revolves around your kid,” makeover participant and mother Joanna stated.  So, this day was one for the moms. You deserve it.

For more information on José Eber Salon, visit  For more on the Tom Coughlin Jay Fund and how to #BeThere for families of children battling cancer, visit

Morris Family Justice Center

Morris Family Justice Center

In light of their 40th anniversary, Jersey Battered Women’s Service (JBWS) partnered with the Morris County Board of Freeholders and Prosecutor to open the Morris Family Justice Center (MFJC), a comprehensive center for domestic violence and sexual assault victims in Morris County.

“Every life we touch receives the support and commitment that a person needs to change their life forever,” said Patty Lee, President of JBWS, at the Center’s ribbon cutting ceremony in Morristown.

Rather than forcing the victims of domestic violence and sexual assault to navigate complex systems to receive the critical services they need, the Morris Family Justice Center strives to have all needed partners, allies, and resources within their intimate space. Children can play in a bright, colorful and relaxing playroom while their mom or dad gets the help they need. The Center also includes a kitchen and luxe living area, graciously donated by Karen Arakelian of The Gloria Foundation and White House Designs for Life, to help families feel safe and comfortable.

A big portion of the project was funded by the Provident Bank Foundation, thanks to a 100 thousand dollar signature grant. “It’s going to address the needs of domestic violence victims in a special, holistic way. This cause is very important to myself, my board, and my staff,” says Jane Kurek, executive director of the Provident Bank Foundation.

JBWS also partnered with the Morristown Police Department in the startup of this safe haven.

“I was overwhelmed to see that there was a police officer on staff at the Center,” says Claire, a domestic violence survivor. “You have no idea how much it means to a victim who needs support.”

If you or a loved one is a victim of domestic abuse, please visit for more information.

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California Closets’ Warm Soles

By Lisa Marie Latino

California Closets is about more than curating beautifully designed custom spaces; they believe in transforming lives through spirited philanthropic efforts.

Enter their unique partnership with Dress for Success, a national organization that empowers women to chase their dreams.  They offer a myriad of tools to help accomplish ultimate achievement, including professional attire.

California Closets’ North Jersey location recently wrapped up their “Warm Soles” promotion that benefitted Dress for Success’ Jersey City chapter.  They offered an incentive of up to 10% off new sales with the donation of professional women’s shoes.

We spoke to Melanie Statlander, marketing manager for CC North Jersey, about the “success” of this charitable venture.

LML: Congratulations on a great campaign! How did the idea come about?

MS: Thank you! Our corporate office started a nationwide program with Dress For Success. Typically, Dress For Success takes suits and other clothing for women who don’t have the means to purchase a professional-looking wardrobe for interviews and new jobs. However, the Jersey City chapter was in desperate need of some shoes to match! So in November and December, we collected new or gently-used professional shoes. To reward new clients with their participation, we offered a discount for every pair donated.

Over the course of the campaign, our designers collected over 900 pairs of shoes, which is amazing! They’re actually still trickling in as people clean out their closets for the new year.

LML: What types of shoes did people donate?

MS: It’s all over the map. We had people donate everything from Jimmy Choo and Manolo Blahnik to brand new shoes from Payless. We got some really pretty heels, flats, boots, and fancy shoes that these women can wear for things other than work!

LML: Is this partnership with Dress For Success going to continue?

MS: The plan is to have our national partnership with Dress For Success to be an ongoing collaboration.  Some of the franchises are going to test a program for clothing donations from their clients, but that’s not ready to launch nationally yet.

LML: How was it like to personally participate in this campaign?

MS: I physically packaged 925 pairs of shoes. I still have a pile in my office that I have to box up today! It warmed my heart to see people going above and beyond to make this successful. It’s a fantastic charity all about women helping women, and I really like that.

California Closets North Jersey has showroom locations in Fairfield, Bernardsville and Ridgewood. For more information, visit

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