ROXBURY, NJ - The menu at the Roxbury Diner spans about 19 pages. That means you have plenty of choices when it comes to saving a child's life.
It's pretty much that easy. Eat at the diner on Thursday Feb. 12 and you are probably going to prevent a kid somewhere from getting polio.
Take the "Picasso Salad," for example. It's $12.95 and you get romaine lettuce, grilled and sliced chicken, sliced portabello, fresh mozzarella, roasted red peppers and balsamic vinaigrette dressing. The diner, on Route 10 in Succasunna, points out it's portions are "hefty."
The salad is for your stomach. Your soul gets the glow that comes from knowing the Dontas Family, which owns the diner, will give 10 percent of your tab to the Roxbury High School Interact Club's "Dine at the Diner" polio eradication campaign.
The amazing thing about the campaign is that it only takes one dollar to buy a polio shot, said Roxbury Rotarian Steve Alford. "Every dollar raised saves one baby from ever contracting polio," he said.
The Interact Club is the "high school version" of Rotary, explained Alford. "It's designed to be a leadership and civic club. Kids learn leadership skills and civic responsibility both to the local community and to the world."
This will be the fourth "Dine at the Diner" night organized by the Interact Club. Alford praised the Roxbury Diner owners for enthusiastically hosting the 24-hour event, which begins 6 a.m. Thursday.
"They are so locally- and civically-minded," he said. "They don't limit us for just dinner or something. They allow us to do it for the entire 24-hour period, and last year they kicked in extra money to round it up to the closest hundred dollars. They love the kids coming in there."
There is one requirement: Guests must bring a printed copy of the "Dine at the Diner" poster and present it when they pay after eating.
"Last year we rased $200, which means the Interact Club was able to save 200 young kids' lives," said Alford. "The kids in Interact recognize that and they get very excited about that."