NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - City restaurateurs are offering special menus on Jan. 30, with half of all sales benefiting Rutgers University’s Scarlet Knights' Believe Fund for fallen defensive tackle Eric LeGrand.
Participating establishments include Catherine Lombardi, Delta's, Due Mari, Glass Woods Tavern at the Hyatt, Old Bay, Panico's Brick Oven Pizza, Panico's Italian Restaurant, The Frog and The Peach, The Stress Factory, and Tula Restaurant and Lounge, according to the Believe Fund web site.
Advanced tickets are being sold with reservations, with 50 percent of all ticket prices benefiting the fund.
LeGrand, a Rutger's junior, suffered a paralyzing spinal cord injury when the Scarlet Knights faced Army on Oct. 16. He is being treated at the Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation in West Orange.
According to recent reports, LeGrand is experiencing some feeling in his hands. ``Everyone’s optimistic’’ for an improved prognosis, said Jason Baum, assistant athletic director of communications at Rutgers.
The Scarlet Knights football team established the Believe Fund to benefit their teammate’s mounting medical expenses, Baum said. Information for the fund is available on the tean's web site.
Other New Brunswick merchants also are pledging a percentage of their sales to benefit LeGrand, Baum said.
In addition, friends from LeGrand’s hometown of Woodbridge have established a separate fund, the Eric LeGrand Patriot Saint Foundation, to help refit his family’s home to accommodate his medical needs, said Jack Nevins, the player’s former Pop Warner Football Coach.
He said LeGrand has maintained a hopeful outlook. ``He’s a positive person,’’ Nevins said.
The Football Writers Association of America has honored LeGrand with its 2010 Discover Orange Bowl-FWAA Courage Award.