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Popular Pizza Place Steps Up For Lyndhurst's 'Special Angels'

Cecilio shows local youngsters some of the tricks of the trade.
Cecilio shows local youngsters some of the tricks of the trade. Video Credit: Mr. Bruno's Pizzeria and Restaurant, Lyndhurst
Mr. Bruno's is at 439 Valley Brook Ave, Lyndhurst: (201) 933-1588. Photo Credit: GoogleMaps

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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