MONTVILLE, NJ – The Montville Township Rotary awarded Veronica Tullo a $1,000 grant for her foundation, Help Educate At Risk Teens (HEART).

Tullo, who is International United Miss Junior Teen 2017 and a sophomore at Montville Township High School, founded HEART to help raise awareness about the issue of teenage suicide. She said it has affected “so many of my friends and people I love,” according to the foundation’s website.

“HEART is dedicated to helping teens understand the issues of depression and suicide because every life matters,” Tullo said.

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On Dec. 21, Joanne Lopez, branch manager at Boiling Springs Bank in Towaco and Rotary member, presented Tullo with the grant from the Rotary Club, which Tullo said will be used to provide two presentations on teen suicide and depression in Montville Township which will be open to the public. These programs will be presented by the Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide, a group that Tullo is working with to help bring their Youth Wellness Summit to Morris County.

Montville Rotary President Scott Russell was also present for the grant presentation.

Each year the Montville Rotary conducts township, national and international projects. The Montville Rotary will celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2018 and is part of Rotary International. Founded in Chicago in 1905, Rotary is a worldwide service organization that has over one million members and is a member of the UN General Assembly.

To donate to Tullo’s foundation, please go to http://heartnj.org/. For more information on joining the Montville Rotary, please contact Joanne Lopez at jlopez@bssbank.com and join us at our open house on Jan. 17 at Boiling Springs Savings Bank, 448 Main Road, Towaco from 7-8:30pm. Speakers will include Morris County Sheriff James Gannon and Veronica Tullo.