WEST CALDWELL, NJ - In January, James Caldwell High School Vice Principal John Bertollo will find himself in a warm place for a good cause. Bertollo is presently training to run his first marathon in Orlando, Florida, with the aim of benefiting the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA). For years, Bertollo has been running competitively in an array of different races and has competed in several 5Ks, 10Ks, and four half marathons.
"I've run races in New Jersey, New York, Florida,
Make-a-Wish is the well-known philanthropic organization that grants the wishes of children with life-threatening illnesses.
This coming year, Bertollo has decided to work to benefit the ASPCA when he competes in the "Dopey Challenge" at Walt Disney World. The January race will be Bertollo's first time taking on a full-scale endeavor. The race, which is named after one of the Seven Dwarves featured in Walt Disney's classic Snow White, is considered challenging because it consists of a 5K, 10K, half marathon and marathon on four consecutive days, totaling 48.6 miles.
All of the funds raised will be given to the ASPCA.
Bertollo has a personal goal he has set for himself to raise $1,200 to donate to the ASPCA. The monies raised will help the ASPCA continue to provide local and national leadership in three key areas:
Anyone interested in making a contribution to Bertollo's team may do so online here.
"As I thought about a cause to run for," detailed Bertollo, "I looked at my
The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals was the first humane society to be established in North America and is, today, one of the largest in the world. Headquartered in New York City, the ASPCA maintains a strong local presence, and with programs that extend their anti-cruelty mission across the country, they are recognized as a national animal welfare organization. The ASPCA is a privately funded 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation.
West Caldwell's Bob Davison Accepts $5,000 Vero Amici Donation on Behalf of The Riskin Children's Center at the Mental Health Association of Essex County
MONTCLAIR / WEST CALDWELL, NJ - At a recent gathering of the members of Vero Amici for Charity, West Caldwell's Robert N. Davison, Executive Director of the Mental Health Association of Essex County, accepted a check for $5,000 on behalf of the organization. The Vero Amici donation will be used by the Association to provide a sense of Christmas for children who are under their care in The Riskin Children's Center and who would otherwise not experience any traditional holiday joy.
At the Nov. 13 event, Vero Amici President Joe Garamella said mental health is concern not just in this country but around the world. Davison explained that each year the Association arranges for a full Christmas for as many children as they are able through the generous donation of the philanthropic organization.
"I'd like to thank my true friends in Vero Amici
Davison explained that the families of many of those children don't have extra resources during the holiday season and that, through a donation from Vero Amici five years ago, the Association created the tradition of assisting those families at Christmas.
The Riskin Children's Center puts aside $500 for each family in need to buy Christmas presents, a tree, dinner and "the whole nine yards," Davison said. He went on to say that he had more good news, and earlier that day, an anonymous donor said he would match the $5000 donation with his own.
"So this $5,000 gift has become a $10,000 gift," Davison enthused.
A full list of services offered for adults and children by the Mental Health Association of Essex County is found online here.
To make a donation to the organization:
Mental Health Association of Essex County
Executive Director Robert N. Davison
33 South Fullerton Avenue
Montclair, NJ 07042
The Mental Health Association of Essex County promotes mental health including the integration of physical healthcare, improves the care and treatment of individuals with mental illness and endeavors to remove the stigma associated with emotional and mental disorders. They accomplish their work through advocacy, education, prevention, early intervention, treatment and service.
Vero Amici for Charity was established in December, 2005, by local men from the West Essex community. The mission of Vero Amici, which translates to "True Friends," is to raise money through charitable contributions that are dedicated for children, citizens with disabilities, senior citizens and under-privileged youths who need medical or financial assistance and to promote local awareness in our communities. The values of Vero Amici come from the individuals that make up their association. These individuals are compassionate, committed and most importantly, caring.