LITTLE FALLS, NJ - Save The Animals Rescue Team (S.T.A.R.T.) is running an early bird special for its 18th annual tricky tray, which will be held on Sunday, Sept. 16 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, 690 Route 46 east, Fairfield.

Purchase tickets by Aug. 15 for $55 per person. Tickets after August 15 will be $58 per person.

The annual tricky tray raises funds to support the mission helping sick, injured and homeless animals. S.T.A.R.T is proud to have served the community for over 25 years. Annually "Autumn Leaves" helps to raise awareness for the cause while providing an afternoon of fun, prizes and good food.  Help support animal rescue by attending the event. With your help, S.T.A.R.T. can continue fulfilling its mission to help sick, injured and homeless animals in the community.

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Purchase includes one sheet of tickets and a fabulous brunch (scrambled eggs, French toast, bacon, sausage, bagels, muffins, pastries, chicken, pasta, salads, fresh fruits and dessert), with unlimited juices, coffee and soda.      
To purchase tickets visit to pay with PayPal or credit card. To purchase tickets in person, visit S.T.A.R.T. at Petco Totowa on Saturdays or Sundays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. To purchase tickets by mail send payment to S.T.A.R.T., Save the Animals Rescue Team, P.O. Box 1098, Little Falls, NJ 07424. Any questions, call 973-785-1245,  visit, or email Advance ticket sales only for this event.


The tricky tray is S.T.A.R.T.'s most successful fundraiser and it is successful because of the generous donations of the business community, foundations and residents that want to support and help its animal rescue efforts.

Want to help? Here is how:
  • PET MESSAGES - for a $15 donation, put a picture and a blurb in the journal about your pet. Journal ads are available for 1/4, 1/2 and full page ads - anyone can take out an ad - personal or business pages are welcome.   
  • Empty baskets - There were over 350 baskets raffled last year so lots of baskets are needed. If you have empty large baskets and would like to donate them, especially large ones you can bring them to Petco Totowa any weekend. If that's not possible contact us and we'll arrange a drop off for you.
  • Gift baskets and items for baskets - We welcome donations of gift baskets or items that we can wrap in baskets. Small baskets are valued at $25 to $75 and large baskets are valued at $76 or more. If you are "re-gifting" be sure the items are new. Gift baskets and basket fillers can be dropped off at Petco Totowa on Saturday and Sunday between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.
  • Theme baskets ideas - many baskets are wrapped with a theme in mind, some great themes include: kids fun, 4th of July, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter, scrapbooking, baby, etc.  
  • Gift cards, gift certificates - As you can imagine, gift cards and gift certificates are very popular. If you or someone you know owns a business and would like to donate a gift card or gift certificate we welcome it. You can send them to:  Annette Lamberti, S.T.A.R.T. Tricky Tray, P.O. Box 1098 , Little Falls, NJ 07424. Include the name and address of the donor as well as the value of the gift. We can also use various items that can be added to other baskets such as perfumes, frames, candles, etc. Ticket(s) to sports events or theatres, etc. are also needed
  • Sponsors and Journal Ads - Our success depends on our community and local business  participation to help us meet our goals. Secure your spot today to support S.T.A.R.T. - there are many ways to participate and different levels of sponsorship. Check or call for information 973-785-1245.
  • Cash - Help defer costs for items such as gift wrap, postage, programs, tickets and licenses. If you would like to send a monetary sponsorship to help with the tricky tray we welcome that as well. Make check payable to S.T.A.R.T.  and put "Tricky Tray" in the memo line. You can send it to: S.T.A.R.T. Tricky Tray, P.O. Box 1098 , Little Falls, NJ 07424

All proceeds go directly to S.T.A.R.T. to assist in their rescue efforts.