LYNDHURST, N.J. -- What has grown into a remarkable group out of Lyndhurst for children and others with special needs is getting extra special treatment from a popular local eatery.
Mr. Bruno's Pizzeria and Restaurant will be donating 20% of all proceeds from 6 p.m. until closing on Dec. 11 to the Special Angels.
Anyone who dines in or orders delivery and mentions the Special Angels will have 20% of their total check donated to the unique group.
It all began in 2005, after Deborah Wertalik's grandson was diagnosed with autism at 4.
Wertalik and her daughter -- Tyler's mom, Tara Banuls -- founded the group to raise money for children like Tyler.
The organization – also known as Putting the Pieces Together – offers flag football, basketball, dance, cheerleading, soccer, t-ball and softball for special needs children and continues to add special events to its program.
That includes therapeutic canvas painting and, earlier this year, an "extreme prom" complete with a hair and party bus, photo booth, full buffet, corsages and more.
Mr. Bruno's is at 439 Valley Brook Ave, Lyndhurst: (201) 933-1588 .
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