Peggy Matzen – Basking Ridge Local Named 2016 Outstanding Woman in Somerset County


As a member of the DSR Family, Peggy Matzen has been a valuable part of the recruitment team with some great work as an Senior Account Recruiter for a client in financial services.   Peggy was just nominated as a Basking Ridge Local as an Outstanding Woman in Somerset County NJ for her work with the Diva for a Day Foundation.

Diva for a Day Foundation, Inc. is a non profit organization founded in 2010 by two friends who recognize the benefits of a day to escape from the daily stresses a woman  will face while dealing with cancer. Through the program, special Divas are selected to enjoy a complete day of pampering at a FABULOUS full service Salon/Spa.

A perspective Peggy Matzen and Debbie Sestokas know all to well.  “We’re both cancer survivors and like a lot of people who are cancer survivors we wanted to give back in some way,” Sestokas said.

The two met while volunteering for the American Cancer Society and came up with the idea of providing a fabulous full spa day for women battling cancer.

“Debbie and I started Diva for a Day in 2010,” Matzen said. “It really is a program for women going through a cancer diagnosis, any cancer, to kind of take a break from all the stresses that come along with a diagnosis.”

All divas are nominated through their website by family or friends.

“We don’t discriminate on cancer, it’s any type of cancer,” Sestokas explained. “We don’t look at age, we don’t look at financial need, the only thing we really look at is the critical time of when you need it the most.”

Five years later, the New Jersey-based nonprofit has honored nearly 600 women across the country, all with the help of more than 40 salons/spas, dozens of volunteers and hundreds of generous donations.

We are very proud of Peggy!