Monday, November 18, 2013

Dina Manzo's Project Ladybug; What is it?

Dina Manzo recently held her 6th Annual Project Ladybug Gala at the Venetian in Garfield, NJ. This event was entitled "Goddess Night Out " and was attended by over 600 people, which was capacity for the Grand Ballroom. Besides the atttendees, the vendors and volunteers, supporting her there that night were RHONJ Teresa Giudice, Kathy Wakile and Melissa Gorga. CC Sabathia's wife, Amber also supported the cause.

Project Ladybug is the brainchild of  Dina Manzo. She explains how it is run by women and states, "It is amazing what women can do when we all come together." During the evening, one of the speakers, Author Latham Thomas, said that it started with a "thought in her consciousness that became action".

Project Ladybug, simply put, helps children who are sick. If you are a mom or love a child, I think that anyone's biggest fear is the thought of that child getting sick with a deadly or chronic disease. Project Ladybug helps support the children and the families of those children at a local NJ Hospital, St. Joseph's in Paterson. Over a million dollars has been raised so far.

According to the website, "The Ladybug Fund at St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital is an initiative dedicated to providing important resources to seriously ill pediatric patients and their families as they face lengthy treatment regimens. The Fund strives to help families face the financial and emotional hardships during their child’s treatment.  Project Ladybug will provide assistance to the patient and his/her family that is rarely given by other local and national organizations.

The Fund will give preference to seriously ill young children who are being treated for cancer or other life-threatening childhood diseases.  By providing ancillary services and support to the most needy patients at St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital, the Ladybug Fund will help to meet the needs of seriously ill and less fortunate patients in our region.Through improving quality of life for these children and their families during treatment, Project Ladybug hopes to improve outcomes for these patients."
Project Ladybug has two other initiatives, Julien's Fund at Sloan Kettering NYC and Atia's Project Ladybug Fund at Comer's Hospital in Chicago. Dina is not only looking for monetary donations but could also use volunteers. For more information visit  //
The following Video is Dina's presentation to the crowd. In it Dina explains what Project Ladybug does and is. She thanks the volunteers and her friends, and brings up Teresa Giudice, Kathy Wakile and Melissa Gorga.  Her astrologer speaks about the date, Author Latham Thomas speaks about the power of women and the medidation begins.

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