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Magic, Mentalism and Comedy Unite to Help Save Lives

March 21, 2014 at 8:54 PM

 Henry Carlyle, a magician and mentalist with a comedic touch, will be appearing Saturday, April 5, at the First Congregational Church at 125 Elm Street in Westfield at a fundraiser for suicide prevention and crisis intervention hotline CONTACT We Care.

Carlyle is popular with private, corporate and celebrity gatherings throughout the New York metropolitan area. Specializing in magical and mental entertainment with a comedic touch, Carlyle has entertained noted celebrities such as Sting, Arnold Palmer, Lee Trevino and Bill Murray and performed for many Fortune 500 companies.

“Attendees will enjoy outstanding magical entertainment that makes a strong impact,” Oppelt said. “They will see fun, interactive magic and mentalism. Henry's mindreading tricks are amazing and leave everyone talking about him the rest of the night.”

The evening begins with desserts and a gift market at 7:00. Entertainment, which will be provided by Carlyle and Something Cool Jazz begins at 8:00. Tickets in advance are $25 and tickets at the door are $30. To reserve tickets or for more information, visit www.contactwecare.org or call 908.301.1899.

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CONTACT We Care each month responds to more than 1,400 calls and texts from adults and youth in crisis and relies on more than 200 trained volunteers to provide an empathetic ear to help them see they have options, according to Joanne Oppelt, the hotline’s executive director. The hotline relies heavily on public support to provide the facilities and technology that enables its listeners and texters to be there for people in crisis, she added.

“Every 13.7 minutes someone in the United States dies by suicide,” Oppelt said. “More than 38,000 people died by suicide in 2010, more people than died in car accidents, including 4,600 young people. And for every one suicide there are 25 attempts.

“The suicide rate has been increasing every year since 1999, rising more than 30 percent between 1999 and 2010. More alarming, the rate of teen suicide has been rising since 1975. In addition, the suicide rate for middle-aged Americans has been rising, raising concerns about a wave of retiring baby boomers entering a stage of their lives when they begin to feel overwhelmed by life issues and life choices.”

Anyone interested in becoming a volunteer listener or texter at CONTACT We Care should contact Sue Fasano, director of programs at the hotline, at 908.301.1899 or sue.fasano@contactwecare.org.

CONTACT We Care serves Central and Northern New Jersey and is a primary responder to calls to the national suicide prevention line (1-800-273-TALK or 1-800-SUICIDE) that originate in New Jersey. Callers also reach CONTACT by dialing 908-232-2880 or texting “CWC” to 839863.

About CONTACT We Care

CONTACT We Care is Central and Northern New Jersey’s crisis listening line, receiving more than 17,000 calls per year.  CONTACT brings comfort and hope to people in emotional distress through active, empathetic and nonjudgmental listening.  All calls are free, anonymous and confidential.  If you are in crisis and need someone to listen, call our hotline at 908-232-2880.  We are affiliated with CONTACT USA, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, and the American Association of Suicidology.  For general information about CONTACT We Care or to become a volunteer, call us at 908-301-1899 or visit our website at www.contactwecare.org.

 

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