He doesn't wear red suits, and he's clean shaven. Still, Bill Tobin played Santa Claus for Hopatcong High School's basketball program this year.
Tobin's more than $4,000 donation will help the program purchase a new, 12-foot scorers' table—complete with the school's name and logo—and 12 chairs for events.
"It's going to be a nice addition when we get it," said Athletic Director Tom Vara, who said the current decade-old table needed an upgrade.
"It's functional. It's just a little small. If we try to put five people at that table, it's almost impossible to fit five. A 12-footer gives everyone a chance to sit at that table and write."
Vara said Tobin, owner of the Liquor Factory, approached the school about a donation. Tobin also donated money for the new banners hanging above the basketball court.
"Obviously, having all the members of his family going through this program, and his brother a a coach, he wanted to donate money to us," Vara said. "So we talked about how and the whole bit.
"We talked about certain things we could do with [the gym] and how we could assist the team and events."
Tobin's family is well known in Hopatcong for it's basketball history. Dennis Tobin is the school's all-time scoring leader with 2,096 points, while his children, Mike, Meghan and Matt, each have scored more than 1,000 career points. Jim Tobin is the boys basketball team's longtime coach.
Bill Tobin played a little basketball in high school, but said he really enjoyed wrestling. He said he wanted to give back to the borough.
"Just trying to help the school out as much as I can," Bill Tobin said. "I take money from the people in town, so I might as well give a little back."