#HipNJWeddings: Brides Against Breast Cancer

Calling all brides-to-be!

#HipNJ went behind the scenes at the Brides Against Breast Cancer event. There were ample opportunities for brides to come in and purchase designer dresses at a discount, with all proceeds going to breast cancer efforts!

To “ensure that no one has to face cancer alone”, the Brides Against Breast Cancer contributes to programs for cancer patients and their families all over the country.

In Weehawken, #HipNJ’s Sam Selvaggio met with show manager Mya Widmyer to learn more about Brides Against Breast Cancer. Mya told us that this charity event is hosted in over 170 cities around the country, bringing in six to seven hundred deeply discounted couture and designer wedding gowns to these events. (That’s a TON of fab dresses!) They even include local area wedding vendors as well.

It’s a one-stop shop for the brides, and 80% of proceeds go straight to funding free programs for cancer patients and their families. Mary Kay makeup even offers a drawing at this event for brides to get a free makeover, facial, and gift certificate!

One bride-to- be, Alex, is really excited about this event and chose to participate in the dress shopping here instead of purchasing a dress on her own.  She shares that her fiancé’s aunt died of breast cancer, so to Alex and her fiancé this event personally meant a lot.

For more info on this amazing event, visit www.bridesagainstbreastcancer.org.

#HipNJ: Tech Launch

#HipNJ recently took a visit to New Jersey’s Tech Launch event where founder and CEO Mario Casabona shared the importance behind this great event!

Mario shares with #HipNJ that the event is ” a place to get a little more grounded and even have your business plan tailored”. Its a great way to mitigate  start-up risks in growing businesses. Tech Launch helps with everything from seed funding to business training.

CEO of Fusar Technologies Ryan Shearman says “I still would be working nights and weekends at Starbucks if it weren’t for the accelerated program.” Stuart Hinds, CEO of ASC “wouldn’t have all of the support and wouldn’t be ready to take on the start-up world” without Tech Launch. He also tells us the ten minute pitches they do allow the companies to get great feedback. He has also learned the benefit of catering his pitches to the different audiences he comes across and Tech Launch has helped him and his company recognize that.

Many of the owners of these companies like Dariusz Jamiolkowski of Outdoor Exchange are “jersey born and bred men” and love that it is a local New Jersey program. Ed Berde, co-founder and CEO of Retail Shopping Systems says it would cost more to go overseas but by staying locally in New Jersey, his product was manufactured successfully in a few weeks.

“There is a pent-up demand for all these innovators to come out and start companies”, Mario tells #HipNJ. “They’re all my babies, and they’re all beautiful.”

For more information on Tech Launch, visit them at TechTaunch.com

#MSUMonday: Autism Awareness Event

#HipNJ recently attended a great benefit for Autism at Montclair State University. It was a night of standout performances from Jersey Girls such as Laura Benanti and Jodi DiPiazza!

Laura Benanti, Tony Award winning Broadway star says, “rates of Autism are increasing and we still haven’t figured out why.” She says it’s important not only to figure out why it’s going on, but to educate people on how to interact with people that have the disease.

Gina McGlone, a professional singer, agrees with us that it is such a beautiful thing to gather and display the great talent here for this benefit event. She thinks it’s excellent to be a part of all of this and shows her loving support for the cause.

Sunda Croonquist, a professional comedian, refers to herself as a “homegirl from jersey” and loves that she can come back to the state for such a phenomenal cause! Autism, she says, holds a big place in her heart as her daughter’s best friends is autistic.

Jodi DiPiazza had a phenomenal performance at this event. She beautifully performed “On the Street Where You Live” and it was a hit! Co hosts Allison Langenohl of Farleigh Dickinson University and Danielle Iannetta of Montclair University both thought the event was an amazing experience to be able to host. It’s “something you don’t normally see on campus” says Danielle and it ended up being a “great show for a great cause!”

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