Pizza cook-off raises autism awareness


BOARDMAN, Ohio (WKBN) — 12 pizza shops, 13 celebrity judges and one cause; to raise awareness for autism.

Mister Anthony’s hosted the 5th annual Mahoning Valley Pizza Cook-Off to benefit Potential Development’s School for Autism.

Opened last September, the school is only one of three in all of Ohio dedicated to teaching kids with autism.

The school features one teacher for every three students, as well as in-school occupational and therapy services.

“It will help us put supplies in the classroom. It’ll help us to continue to grow. We just added our high school this year, we’re up to 30 students in a new program, so it’s going to allow us to keep growing,” said Paul Garchar, Executive Director of the Potential Development’s School for Autism.

Potential Development was founded in 1953 and is based in Youngstown. It gives kids in grades pre-K to 12th grade with developmental delays a safe and structured education.

The winners of the cook-off are as follows:

Maestro di Cucina (best overall): Belleria Girard
People’s Choice: Bruno Bros.
Brier Hill: Belleria Girard
Gourmet: Strikers (Mahoning Valley Lanes)
Non-red: Cocca’s Pizza
Traditional: Gia’s Pizzeria

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