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Teacher's Appreciation

Teacher’s Appreciation at SoJo Spa Club!

Its #TeacherTuesday and SoJo Spa Club has a great deal for teachers going on!

SoJo Spa Club is a Korean Day Spa, drawing inspiration from spa cultures around the world. It is 140,000 square feet full of modern amenities and traditional services spread across multiple floors of indoor and fully winterized outdoor facilities. Their many offerings include a stunning rooftop infinity pool overlooking the Hudson river and Manhattan skyline, seven sauna rooms each with their own benefits (wet, dry, salt, red clay, white clay, charcoal, far‐infrared), nine specialty outdoor pools and baths (170-foot long foot massage path, hydrotherapy pool, and hinoki, carbon‐rich and silk baths), treatments rooms from around the world including halotherapy, ice and ganbanyoku (Japanese hot stone), additional a la carte services from both Korean bathhouse culture (shiatsu, reflexology, Korean body scrubs) and American spas (manicure/pedicure, facials, etc.), an adjacent restaurant and hotel.

 Throughout October and November, SoJo Spa Club is having their Teacher’s Appreciation  fall promotion! SoJo is offering all teachers 10% off Daily Admission. This includes unlimited access for the day to all their pools, baths, and saunas. To redeem, teachers must show valid school ID. Teachers work extremely hard, shaping the minds of our future leaders. Creating lesson plans, grading, mapping out assignments, etc; it gets tough. Teachers deserve deals like this, to help them relax and get away for a bit. 

To all our #HipNJ teachers, make sure you catch this deal while you can! 

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.