Support Breast Cancer Awareness in Jersey City

The Belles in Pink Breast Cancer Awareness Brunch, an event that will seek to bring awareness to breast cancer, will donate 100% of the event profits to the Triple Negative Breast Cancer Foundation. The event feature many speakers including reality show actress Amber Marchese of Real Housewives of New Jersey on Bravo and Marriage Bootcamp on WE tv and Anita Kopacz, editor-in-chief of Heart and Soul magazine. Other speakers include Dr.Garrett Wirth, who co-wrote “Personalized Breast Care, A Guide for Cosmetic Surgery, Breast Cancer and Reconstruction” and Dr. Julie DiGioia, Chief of Surgical Oncology & Medical Director of The Cristie Kerr Women’s Center at Jersey City Medical Center.

The event will be host by Handbags of Hope Exchange. The group, according to their website is “an organization founded by Erika Hernandez geared towards inspiring, educating, and giving back by collecting gently used handbags filled with everyday goods for women in need.” Their mission is “to empower women who are struggling to rebuild their lives.”

The event will be held on October 16, 2016 at the Culinary Conference Center in the Journal Square area of Jersey City, from 1pm – 5pm. The Culinary Conference Center, part of the Hudson County Community College, holds many different events at the center, from public and private events to film production.

For more information on the organization visit their website at

For purchasing tickets for the event, click here

For more information about the event read the press release below.


“About 1 in 8 U.S. women will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime,” explains Handbags of Hope Exchange founder, Erika Hernandez. Handbags of Hope Exchange and HCCC’s Division of Non-Traditional Programs are inviting members of the Jersey City community to join them during Breast Cancer Awareness Month at a “Belles in Pink Kentucky Derby Brunch,” a charity event on Sunday, October 16, 2016 from 1:00pm – 5:00pm to raise funds and awareness for breast cancer research. 100% of the event proceeds will be donated to The Triple Negative Breast Cancer Foundation. Celebrity Reality TV Star, Amber Marchese (Bravo TV’s Real Housewives of New Jersey and WE TV’s Marriage Bootcamp: Reality Stars); a New Jersey mother, wife, business owner and fearless breast cancer survivor will be the guest speaker at the afternoon of education and empowerment. Marchese will discuss her story, from diagnosis at 31 years old to lessons learned. Jersey City native, Dr. Julie DiGioia will be joining Marchese on stage to discuss high risk breast cancer prevention and treatment options. Dr. DiGioia serves as Chief of Surgical Oncology and is the Medical Director of The Cristie Kerr Women’s Center at Jersey City Medical Center, the first comprehensive state of the art diagnostic imaging facility in Hudson County.

Co-author of “Personalized Breast Care, A Guide for Cosmetic Surgery, Breast Cancer and Reconstruction;” Dr. Garrett Wirth will share his new Fenestrated FlexHD pliable allograft – or “internal bra”, as it’s been dubbed – which allows patients to endure less time with tissue expanders, and more direct-to-implant reconstruction.

“Women are ready to go beyond just the physical healing,” explains Heart & Soul Editor-in- Chief, Anita Kopacz. Kopacz will be sharing her tips for using meditation to find balance and inner strength. A successful career as a high profile event planner has enabled Hernandez to tap into a network of professionals, like Kopacz, who are dedicated to restoring hope through raising awareness of the issues affecting women. Coordinating an afternoon of fundraising that not only gives back to the community, but celebrates the strength of the wellness warriors that will be sharing their stories of HOPE is a dream come true for the owner of NJ based EH Social Events. “When women support each other incredible things happen. I have seen many friends silently suffer in fear and I want this event to be a platform that shows women that they are not alone in their fight” shares Hernandez.

The event will be held at the Culinary Conference Center. Opened in 2008, The Culinary Conference Center is located on the campus of Hudson County Community College (HCCC) and managed by FLIK Conference Centers. A vibrant part of Journal Square, the center has been featured on Buddy Valastro’s Cake Boss: Next Great Baker on TLC and Iron Chef.

A limited number of remaining tickets for the event can be purchased with a minimum donation of $50 per person online at

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