ELIZABETH, NJ — Members of Teens for Teens of Union County recently donated $26,000 to provide new furnishings for patient rooms for the teens that live at New Point Specialty, the adolescent psychiatry program at Trinitas Regional Medical Center. 

The donation was presented in the form of a check at Trinitas's 12th annual Academic Awards Program in June. The New Point Specialty is a 15-bed behavioral residential treatment program for adolescents ages 14 to 18.

The Teens for Teens volunteer organization was formed in 2013 when founder Mitchell Kelly (a high school sophomore at the time) and a few of his friends decided to make a difference in their own community, specifically with teens who were less fortunate. Each year, they hold a Gala reception with a silent auction and teen performances to raise money for various causes.

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This year, their fifth annual charity gala to benefit New Point Specialty was held in May at the Stonehouse at Stirling Ridge, with about 280 people attending the event.

"It was a wonderful event with live teen performers as well as speakers including New Point Specialty students," said Samira Morin, an 18-year-old Westfield resident who has been involved for the past four years and serves as the organization's president. "Through donations, raffle and silent auctions, we were able to raise $26,000.”

"I am beyond impressed with how Teens for Teens has grown throughout the years," added Morin, a graduate of the Academy for Information Technology in Scotch Plains, who is bound for UCLA this fall. "I am even more excited to see how the group of amazing underclassmen who have just begun to get involved will carry the group forward in the upcoming years."

Over the years, the team has raised about $125,000 for five different organizations: Robin's Nest, Imagine, Liam's Room, Roots & Wings and New Point Specialty. 

Coco Herz, the current vice resident, will take over as president next year. Other members include Dom Palumbo, Matt Ruane, Sean Hough, Julia Sackett, Georgiana Katsingris, Andrea Morin, Joy Mulzoff, Julia Bell, Kiley Parker, Maddie Hagar and Nikki Fiore.

"It was lovely for them to choose Trinitas this year," said Nadine Brechner, chief development officer and vice president of the Trinitas Health Foundation. "They are a very ambitious and generous bunch."

More information on Teens for Teens can be found on their website at http://www.teensforteensnj.org/home.html 

For more information on Trinitas Regional Medical Center, visit www.TrinitasRMC.org or call (=908-994-5138.