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JOIN THE ROONEYS: CATCH THE “CHRISTMAS SPIRIT” AND GIVE TO THE TOY AND COAT DRIVE AT EMPIRE CITY CASINO
Pictured here are Tim Rooney and Clare Rooney-Galterio, two great Americans continuing two Rooney-family traditions: sports and charity. The Rooney family has been prominent in American life since Tim's father Art invested $500 in a fledgling sports league called the NFL, and a new franchise named the Steelers. Ever since the explosion of the NFL's popularity, the Rooneys have been household names, with family members participating in fields such as football, horse racing, politics and acting. The Rooneys are also intermarried with the Mara family, owners of the New York Football Giants. Since 1972 Tim Rooney has been the CEO of Yonkers Raceway, a track that first opened way back in 1899. Along with keeping a great racing tradition alive, Rooney has stayed committed to charitable causes and helping people in the community. The Rockland County Times encourages readers to participate in Rooney's Empire City Toy and Coat Drive and any other positive causes that touch your heart this holiday season. Rooney credits the state's decision to permit slots at the site as rejuvenating the great landmark.