Social Butterfly – March/April 2010

Mark of Integrity

Newark’s substance abuse rehabilitation center,
Integrity House, hosted its annual Past, Present & Future Gala at the Hilton Short Hills. The gala funds the center’s Initiative for Women and Children.

Asbury Fever provided live entertainment.


Save the Date:
March 7: The Little Black Dress Event, presented by Yanina & Co, Shag 86 salon, Gito stores, and host Lu Nello restaurant in Cedar Grove. (For tickets, call 973-837-1660.)
June 10: The Foundation for Diabetes Research’s 19th
Annual Golf Classic at
Mountain Ridge Country Club. (973-994-1972,

Mural Mom

Art Foundation, was inspired after she spent two months in the NICU when her son was born. “There’s nothing to look at,” says Sullivan, an art teacher and Towaco native. “Hospitals have to be sterile, but sterile-looking walls can drive you crazy.” In 1997, Sullivan partnered with another mom to create colorful murals to hang in local hospitals. Staff, patients, volunteers, and even celebrites have filled in her outlines with nontoxic paint to create striking, cheerful works of art. “This is my way of saying thank you for my children’s health,” says Sullivan, whose paintings now number in the thousands (and counting) in NJ and around the world. To get involved, visit

Honorary event chairman and West Orange councilman Robert Parisi with wife, Sheila Parisi

NJAI executive director Amy Simon, Assemblyman John McKeon, NJAI chairperson Lisa Scalora, and New Jersey vice president of the JP Morgan Chase Foundation Elliott Lee

Rob Thomas signs the mural.

Executive director Arlene Sullivan with John Mayer at WPLJ’s ­benefit for Blythedale Children’s Hospital.

David Kerr presents Lucia DiNapoli Gibbons with the Integrity House honoree award. LEFT: Junior Committee members.

Ronald Del Mauro, Barbara Melone, Louis LaSalle, Lucia DiNapoli Gibbons, Dennis M. Bone, and Michael Dozier

Rock for the Arts

The New Jersey Arts Incubator kicked off its fall fundraiser at its new studio in West Orange’s Essex Green Shopping Plaza. NJIA’s mission is to help with the economic development of artists and arts organizations throughout the state.

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This article appeared in the Mar/Apr 2010 issue.