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Winners Bayonne Joins Boy Scout In Backpack Donation to Head Start Program

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

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Hambo Tony, the horse mascot, and the management of Winners Bayonne, the city’s newest sports bar and off-track wagering facility, assist 16-year-old Boy Scout Alex Gill distribute backpacks filled with school supplies to Bayonne’s Head Start program on Monday, September 24.


Pictured with the children of the Head Start School on Eighth Street in Bayonne are: Winners Bayonne Director Robert Kowalski, Boy Scout Alex Gill, Executive Director of the Bayonne Economic Opportunity Foundation Ana Quintela, and Hambletonian mascot Hambo Tony. 


Winners Bayonne and its sister property, Meadowlands Racetrack, donated 200 Hambletonian-themed backpacks to the Head Start program through Gill’s service project to become an Eagle Scout.  The junior at St. Peter’s Prep High School in Jersey City collected thousands of pencils, notebooks, crayons and other school supplies that are being distributed to low-income families through the Bayonne Economic Opportunity Foundation.  Head Start is a national program that promotes school readiness for low income families for children ages 3 to age 5 including children with special needs.   

Winners Bayonne, located at 400 Route 440 North in Bayonne, is the first off-track wagering facility to be built and operated by Jeff Gural’s New Meadowlands Racetrack LLC.  The luxurious sports bar boasts hundreds of television screens for fans to watch the big game or bet on horse racing from across the country.  McLoone’s operates the sports bar as well as a full-service restaurant, McLoone’s Bayonne Grille.  Go to for wagering information, menus and information on happy hour specials and other events.  


Photos: Michael Lisa/Lisa Photo Inc. 

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