Bayonne Initiative honoring 3 community leaders at annual dinner dance


The Bayonne Initiative, a local non-profit group, will be honoring three community leaders at their annual dinner dance later this month.

Photo courtesy of the Bayonne Initiative.
Photo courtesy of the Bayonne Initiative.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

The Bayonne Initiative will honor three community leaders at its annual dinner dance on Friday, March 31 at the Knights of Columbus, 669 Avenue C, Bayonne from 7 p.m. until 11 p.m..

Being honored at the event are Kevin Kuhl, Dwayne Williams and John Baccarella for their lifetime of service to the Bayonne community.

Kevin Kuhl, the co-proprietor of Kuhl’s Tavern, is a Bayonne Businessman who is the fundraising chairman of “Friends of Special Children,” which supports the handicapped members of theĀ  community.

A Marist Grad and Father of two young men, Kuhl also runs the famous “All-Pro Week in Hawaii” trip, which brings a bit of Bayonne to the Hawaiian Islands and gives the locals a respite from the cold.

Additionally, Kuhl’s Tavern has an undisputed presence in the community, with support of Saint Patrick’s Parade Day parties, school function sponsorships, and youth sports programs to name a few.

Williams also has a long history of community service most notably his work with the youth of Bayonne as a coach and Board Member of Bayonne Pop Warner Football, as well as being an extraordinary athlete who has become a coach for the local youth.

A Bayonne High School Graduate, Williams starred on the gridiron for the Bees being named 1st Team All-State at Running Back, and played college ball on a scholarship at the University of Iowa.

Finally, Baccarella, a World War II veteran, serves as a standard bearer of the Sons of Italy, Dominic Del Monte Lodge 2560.

A lover of his heritage and the arts, John Baccarella brings the culture of the Opera to the Peninsula City each year, which has drawn crowds from all over the metro area. His continued contributions make him this year’s recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award.

“John, Dwayne, and Kevin have a proven track record of community service within our Bayonne community,” Bayonne Initiative Trustee Pat Desmond said in a statement.

“At a time when our Community is described by the outsiders to be pulling us apart, these fine gentlemen are Beacons of Bringing Bayonne People together.”

Tickets, tables, and ad journal space for the event may be purchased at The Bayonne Initiative office, 830 Avenue A, e-mail, or by calling 201-215-7780.

Proceeds from the evening will support Friends of Special Children, Youth Football and the Sons of Italy’s Opera Night.

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