Massage Envy clients can donate massage time to health care heroes

Photos by Tasha Masi

Inspired by watching a clip on the news, Hillsborough-based Massage Envy owner Greg Robertson and his wife, Renee, took up the charge to do something during the public health crisis of COVID-19.

“Renee and I were watching the news and a pizzeria donated 40 pizzas to a local hospital. We wanted to do something similar,” Robertson said at an event on Aug. 11 at his facility, according to information provided by Hillsborough Township.

“We started out with our donation, then our therapists and employees, asking if they were interested in donating time. It then expanded to our members. By the time all was said and done, here we are donating $78,000 worth of massages to health care workers at Saint Peter’s Hospital in New Brunswick, Hunterdon Medical Center and Capital Health.

“I then shared the concept with corporate and this donation project had become the “Hero” program and all Massage Envy locations in New Jersey will be participating. We are anticipating nearly $600,000 worth of massage to be collectively donated,” Robertson said, according to the statement.

“It’s a great way to give back to our heroes,” he said.

On Aug. 11, Massage Envy Hillsborough was the backdrop for a ceremonial check presentation in which Hillsborough Township Mayor Doug Tomson and Administrator Anthony Ferrera were among the invited guests, along with the representatives from the three mentioned hospitals who were receiving the donations.

Tomson thanked Robertson, his employees and members for their overwhelming generosity.

“It continues to impress me, the acts of kindness that our Hillsborough community has shown during this crisis,” Tomson said in the statement.

Robertson has been in business for 11 years, opening his first Massage Envy location in Hillsborough. He now owns and operates three locations, Princeton and Flemington in addition to Hillsborough. and is in the process of acquiring two additional locations.

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