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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.

Fashion for the Pink Crusade

Fashion for the Pink Crusade

#HipNJ was at the third annual Fashion for the Pink Crusade benefitting the Breast Services at Saint Barnabas Medical Center and the Barnabas Health Ambulatory Care Center at the Park Savoy in Florham Park. The event featured a elaborate cocktail reception, prizes & raffles, and a chic runway-style fashion show presented by Bloomingdale’s Short Hills Mall.

The Pink Crusade’s co-chairs were Rosemary Scoppetuolo and Patricia Walsh Sumas. The event’s committee members were Diane F. Alessi, Barbara Anelle, Ann Baiocco, Deborah W. Belfatto, Pam Feinberg, Kerry Gilder, Sharolyn Kennedy, Edie I. Leibman, Elise Liss, Josine Spina Murano, Denise Osborn, Amy Ruffini, Dina Santorelli, Scott A. Spiro, MD, FACS and Louis Urban. Sponsors included Minette’s Angels, Village Super Market, Dun & Bradstreet and Spiro Plastic Surgery, LLC.

For more information or to give in the spirit of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, visit their website.