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CONTACT of Mercer to Honor ‘Unsung Heroes’ at Virtual Annual Gala

PENNINGTON, NJ, – CONTACT of Mercer, a non-profit network of telephone hotline, online chat, and daily telephone outreach services for senior citizens who live alone will hold the organization’s Unsung Heroes Gala on Friday, November 13 from 7:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m. 

This year’s event will honor local “heroes” who have gone above and beyond to assist others amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Because of the pandemic, CONTACT of Mercer will hold the Unsung Heroes Gala via virtual online videoconference. The non-profit organization is excited and grateful that acclaimed actress Jill Whelan (Vicki from the Love Boat; and star of her new comedic series Take it From the Top) will be the Mistress of Ceremonies.

“For more than 44 years, CONTACT of Mercer has been there for those who are in emotional turmoil, thinking about suicide, experiencing loneliness, or facing the challenges of mental illness,” said President and member, Board of Directors Pasquale Colavita, Jr. “Our organization is vital to those in need of support and reassurance and the Gala is vitally important to us because the money we raise enables us the opportunity to assist even more individuals who are in crisis.”

CONTACT of Mercer Executive Director Eleanor K. Letcher, M.Ed, CSW said “With so much uncertainty about personal safety and health as well as the economic impact of Covid-19, hope for the future can be fleeting and distressing. For some, the build-up of anxiety, depression, stress, loneliness, and isolation can result in suicidal crisis. While we wish the gala could be in-person we understand the health implications related to the pandemic. Still, we are not ready to let COVID-19 stop us from working to meet our mission.” This year’s Unsung Heroes Gala honorees will be revealed at the gala.

Anyone interested in nominating an “Unsung Hero” or seeing the heroes honored may click on the link: for more information and for information about becoming an event sponsor.

CONTACT of Mercer, Inc. was founded in 1975 and its mission is to provide compassionate, confidential telephone listening, online chat, and senior citizen outreach and referral services for the more than 367,000 residents of Mercer County, NJ. Locally trained resident volunteers listen and chat with individuals who are in distress, suicidal crisis, or in need of emotional support 8 a.m.—10 p.m., seven days a week, and is a {501-c3 non-profit} organization. CONTACT of Mercer volunteers also 

handle phone calls and chats from the National Suicide Prevention Hotline. Anyone in crisis who would like to speak to a trained CONTACT specialist may call (609) 896-2120 or 1-800-273-8255 for suicide prevention, or chat online at