ROXBURY, NJ - Roxbury police, and maybe some fire trucks, will lead a convoy of exotic and custom cars loaded with pizzas as they are delivered Wednesday to medical workers at Morristown Medical Center, said Paul Bellardini, the man making the pies.
Bellardini, the owner of Luigi's Pizza in the Roxbury Mall, said he hopes to deliver about 150 pizzas to the "front line heroes" fighting COVID-19 at the medical center. The pizzas are being donated by supporters of what Bellardini is calling "the car caravan" where fancy cars stuffed with pizzas will motor to the hospital.
To promote the event, Bellardini - a car enthusiast - made a humorous video with two other Roxbury car buffs - Shawn Cudnik and Chris Feind, owners of DreamCarXchange, an online marketplace for exotic cars.
Filmed behind Luigi's last week, the skit shows Bellardini pull up with his Chevrolet HHR pizza delivery vehicle while Cudnik and Feind are pretending to film a video comparing a Ferrari 360 Modena and a Lamborghini Gallardo.
They then do a mock comparison of Bellardini's pizza truck to the supercars with the only comparison point won by the Chevy being the number of pizzas each vehicle can carry. The Ferrari had room for a dozen. The Lamborghini could fit 15. The Chevy's extensive capacity was left up to viewers to guess, with the closest estimate winning a pizza and a DreamCarXchange T-shirt.
"Our car can’t fly, but it sure can haul a lot of pizzas," joked Bellardini on Facebook. "Thank you @dreamcarxchange for teaming up with us to feed the Front Line Heroes of Morristown Memorial. Together on Wednesday, May 20 we hope to deliver upwards to 150 pies to the healthcare facility."
If the effort yields more than 150 pizzas, the "overflow" donations will be turned into vouchers for free pizza. They will be given to the less fortunate in town by Roxbury Social Services Director Janet Wald.
Those wishing to donate can do so by calling Luigi's at (973) 584-0181.
The pizza convoy should pull out of the Roxbury mall at about 4 p.m. Wednesday and take Route 10 to Route 287. Those who want to join the convoy must donate one pizza to the cause, Bellardini said.
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