“SONGS FROM THE HEART: A NIGHT TO SUPPORT TEENS” — OCT. 23, MAYO ARTS CENTER
The Help Educate At Risk Teens Foundation (HEART) will hold “Songs from the HEART: A Night to Support Teens,” a Broadway Gala fundraiser to promote teen suicide and prevention awareness on Monday, Oct. 23, from 7-9 p.m., at the Mayo Performing Arts Center’s Starlight Room in Morristown.
There will be featured performances by Brian Falduto (School of Rock), Zach Matari (Day One), James Ignacio (The King & I) and the Mayo Performing Arts Company.
HEART was created by 15-year oldVeronica Tullo, the current International United Miss Junior Teen 2017 and a sophomore atMontville High School, to fund programs educating teens about suicide prevention and awareness.
“Morris County has the highest teen suicide rate in New Jersey,” said Tullo. “For the last year, I have been working closely with the Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide (STPS) to bring their Monmouth/Ocean County Youth Wellness Summit to Morris County High Schools to help educate teens, teachers and adults about this epidemic.”
STPS was founded by two fathers who each lost a child to suicide.
Headlining the evening’s entertainment will be actor and singer/songwriter BRIAN FALDUTO (Billy in School of Rock), who just released his first EP, “Love One Another;” singer/songwriter ZACH MATARI, a Montville native and winner of the “John Lennon Song Writing Contest for his singles “Up to You” & “When the Levee Breaks;” and child star JAMES IGNACIO, who recently appeared in Lincoln Center’s production of The King and I.
In addition, the Mayo Performing Arts Company, comprised of students ages 13-21 who share their love of musical theater to better the community, will perform selections from the Broadway hit Dear Evan Hansen.
Special guests will include Dawn Doherty and Phyllis Alongi from the Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide, and Wendy Sefcik, who lost her son to suicide and is now an advocate for mental health awareness. Light refreshments, drinks, and a silent auction round off the evening.