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Mahopac Shops Raise Money for Autism Awareness

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Autism AwarenessAnthony and Dena Vitale are using their businesses to help promote autism awareness.

On April 13, Anthony’s Deli & Catering and Hair by Dena, will join forces and host Autism Awareness Day within their respective businesses.

“Every year we support a cause, this year we decided on autism,” said Dena Vitale. “It has become such a passion that we are planning on supporting it from now on.”

Although the couple does not have anyone in their immediate family who has been diagnosed with autism, the two have become close with families in the area who do.

“We cut the hair of several children who are autistic,” said Dena Vitale. “We take them to a quieter part of the shop so they do not get the as stimulated, or we let them watch boats in marina.”

On Autism Awareness Day the businesses will have raffles and jewelry sales with the proceeds benefitting AJ’s All Stars and Autism Speaks. There will also be giveaways, balloons and information about Autism Speaks.

Additionally Hair by Dena is offering blue hair extensions for the whole month of April for only $10 with proceeds going to AJ’s All Stars.

Anthony’s Deli is located at 890 South Lake Blvd. (Route 6N) in Mahopac. Hair by Dena is a few stores down at 908 S. Lake Blvd.

For more information call (845) 621-5094 or visit

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