NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - Susan Barbaglia, owner of Skin Deep Salon and Spa, presented the New Providence PBA Local 132 with a check for over $5,000 in support of their Fallen Officer campaign.
Officer Joe DiParisi emailed local businesses and organizations to let them know about their mission to raise money for fallen officers and asked them to support their 2019 campaign. Next month, members of the New Providence Police Department will ride with other New Jersey police officers from Atlantic City to Washington D.C. in honor of fallen officers. They will join other New Providence police officers and officers from around the country at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial. DiParisi said they will nominate a family after the trip and present them with a check.
This caught the eye of Barbaglia, who often raises money for local causes. When she read the email of the 148 fallen officers last year, she knew this was something she wanted to support.
She said, the police have been there for her through her 25 years in business with three expansions in New Providence. "I would find myself at the salon late at night -- sometimes I was here until 10:30 at night and I was afraid to walk outside -- the parking lot is pitch black. I would call the police to tell them I was scared -- they always came [no matter how foolish I felt] and would drive in the parking lot and shine the light for me and I would walk to my car," she said. "I appreciate that -- it's something that is dear to me -- 25 years of never saying no. My family cares about our police."
On Sunday, March 24, several members of her staff came in on their day off and donated a day of service. Maria Gomez, Iris Zelaya, Lisa Procopio, Mahnaz Arbabi, Frankie Susan Cupito, Sue Mulhearn, Alexis Montgomery, Libby McDade, Jessica lanzafama, Kimberly Keelan, and Barbaglia each donated the proceeds from their day of service to the benefit. Once her staff was on board -- several companies the salon deals with donated product to create baskets. "This came together nicely," she said -- thanks to her staff -- who were also passionate about the cause.
Officer DiParisi and the entire New Providence PBA #132 are appreciative of Skin Deep and the many other contributors who have supported their mission including: RNL Landscape Design, CWI Design, Garden State Public Safety, Defalco's Towing, Moes Bistro, Sproutlings Childcare, Max Fitness of New Providence, Prestige Diner, Skin Deep Salon, Dr. Bob Robinson, New Providence Memorial Library, Mary Englebrechtson, Lisa McKnight, Salerno Duane Auto Group, Clearpoint Designs, Peak Equipment, New Providence Lions Club, Providence Liquors, Aerus Electrolux of Denville, A Torch of Respect, Dianne Russo Dvk Woodwork, Ray's Wood Creations, and Laser Werks LLC.
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