Minette’s Angels Inaugural Brunch Marks a Foundation Milestone and Fundraiser

More than 150 guests enjoyed a festive and informational brunch in support of Minette’s Angels Foundation on May 5, 2024. Glen Ridge Country Club provided the bucolic setting as sponsors, friends and members of the area’s distinguished medical community came together to champion the Foundation’s widespread efforts. The fundraiser brunch was both a celebration of past achievements and a call for continued action and support.

The event marks the 21st anniversary of supporting those in treatment, advancing breast cancer research, promoting awareness and providing scholarship opportunities to students entering the medical field or directly impacted by breast cancer.

Leveraging Genetic Information: The Future Of Cancer Treatment

An enlightening presentation by the esteemed guest speaker Dr. Shridar Ganesan, MD, PhD focused on the biology of cancer and the latest advances studying DNA to develop the next generation of targeted cutting-edge treatments for breast cancer.

Raising Funds And Spirits

Attendees enthusiastically participated in a silent auction and raffle ensuring that Minette’s Angels can continue its vital work offering patient assistance along with emotional and educational resources.

Minette’s Angels: Looking Forward To Our Third Decade

Minette’s Angels President and Founder Ken McKenna underscored the foundation’s impact on breast cancer survivors and their families through Acts of Kindness and Breast Cancer Advocacy. As Nelson Mandela said “What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead.”

As Minette’s Angels enters its third decade, the Foundation looks forward to organizing more events and initiatives that further its cause and honor the spirit of its namesake, Minette Grosso McKenna.

Scholarship Honoring Nursing Alumna Awarded to Sophomore

Seton Hall University’s College of Nursing is pleased to announce that the 2021 Minette’s Angels Foundation Scholarship has been awarded to Stephanie Martinez, a sophomore nursing student from Parsippany, New Jersey.

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Real Panthers Wear Pink Minette’s Angels Foundation Walk

On October 21st, 2021, Minette’s Angels held the Real Panthers Wear Pink Minette’s Angels Foundation Walk! 100% of all proceeds raised benefit Minette’s Angels.


2021 Scholarship Recipients

In keeping with part of our mission, Minette’s Angels Foundation is proud to announce our 2021 Scholarship Recipients:
GENERAL SCHOLARSHIP: Madison Nigro (Verona High School) and Kristen Brown (Verona High School)
IMPACT SCHOLARSHIP: Garret Diegnan (Columbia High School) and Sinclaire Infusino (Verona High School)

Minette’s Angels Foundation Scholarship Aids Nursing Students

Seton Hall University’s College of Nursing is pleased to announce that the 2020 Minette’s Angels Foundation Scholarship has been awarded to Elizabeth Bishop, a sophomore nursing student.

After hearing she received the award, Elizabeth said, “This scholarship is such a blessing. My younger sister will be beginning college next year, so receiving this scholarship will help alleviate some of the financial burden on my parents, which I am extremely grateful for.”

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Minette’s Angels Featured on CNBC

Ken McKenna, president and founder of Minette’s Angels, recently talked to CNBC about how the Foundation is continuing to help breast cancer patients despite the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We are seeing greater need, people who are struggling, emotionally and financially,” explains McKenna. “It was a huge thing for us and put us in a position where we can still follow our mission for a while and not struggle and not have to worry about cutting back on things.”

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Minette’s Angels Receives $1,000 From Investors Foundation

Minette’s Angels Foundation received an Investors Foundation grant for $1,000 to continue its mission of supporting breast cancer patients and survivors.

Pictured is Ken McKenna, President and Founder of Minette’s Angels and Susanna Allegretta, Investors Savings Bank Assistant Vice President and Montclair Branch Manager.


Minette’s Angels Foundation has provided funds to the Center for Breast Health at RWJBarnabas Health Ambulatory Care Center to enhance the breast health of medically underserved women by providing mammograms at no cost to said patients.

Ken McKenna, President and Founder of Minette’s Angels Foundation presents a $20,000 check to M. Michele Blackwood, MD, FACS, Medical Director at The Center for Breast Health and Disease Management at the Barnabas Health Ambulatory Care Center.











Impact Scholarship Award Winners

The newly created Impact Scholarship is awarded annually to a graduating High School Senior in Northern New Jersey that has been directly impacted by breast cancer (i.e. family member previously treated, currently undergoing treatment, or passed away due to breast cancer).

The 2019 recipients are:

Kelly Belarmino, Whippany High School

Erin Morris, Kinnelon High School

Congratulations, Kelly and Erin! We wish you the best of luck as you head off to college!

Foundation’s Check Presentation to Saint Barnabas Medical Center

On December 10, 2018, Minette’s Angels Foundation was proud to present a $35,000 check to Saint Barnabas Medical Center to enhance the quality of the patient’s experience at the Cancer Center by supporting the renovation of one of the 23 private Infusion Rooms in their Infusion Center in memory of Minette McKenna. Each room will be updated and modernized to create a more comfortable, healing environment for patients and their families.

From L to R: Dr. Michael Scoppetuolo, Chief Medical Officer, Saint Barnabas Medical Center Cancer Center; Patty Bishop, Minette’s Angels Foundation board member; Louis LaSalle, Senior VP of Corporate External Affairs, Saint Barnabas Medical Center; Ken McKenna, President and Founder of Minette’s Angels Foundation; Michelle Kiernan, Vice President of Minette’s Angels Foundation

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