Telethon to raise funds for Chuck Wepner statue in Bayonne

Tune in to hear stories from the "Bayonne Bleeder" on Nov. 13

Zhen Wu and the sculpted mold of Wepner
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Zhen Wu and the sculpted mold of Wepner

Telethon to raise funds for Chuck Wepner statue in Bayonne
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The next fundraising event that will support the ongoing construction and placement of a statue of Chuck Wepner atop the steps at Stephen R. Gregg County Park will be an online telethon hosted by Hudson Media Group.

Viewers can watch the 60-minute telethon, streamed live on facebook.com/hudsonmediagroup, on Nov. 13 at 6 p.m., and will be able to call in to donate at a number on the video.

Wepner will be one of several special guests on the show, along with Bayonne-based painter Mike Saviello, who will be auction  off paintings.

Wepner’s right-hand man, Bruce Dillin, has been putting together fundraising efforts for a finished product based off Bayonne sculptor Zhen Wu’s creation for years. Wu, who is next door to Dillin’s tire shop, completed the mold for the bronze. It shows Wepner in boxing gear, encapsulating the moments leading up to his 1975 bout with Muhammad Ali.

Those who tune in to the telethon will stories from the Bayonne Bleeder about his many boxing exploits which made him a hometown hero.

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