Student athletes teamed up to welcome golfers and express their appreciation.
Top sponsor for the tournament was Homasote. Pictured from left are MCCC Director of College Advancement Ed Gwazda, Homasote's Warren Flicker, Greg O’Driscoll; Peter Tindall and Kevin DeHaven, MCCC President Jianping Wang and Athletics Director John Simone.
The winning foursome was First Choice Bank's, from left, Herb Ames, Louis Kelly, Steve Kelly, and Russ Stupienski, with Athletics Director Johnn Simone.The Golf Committee included, from left, Athletics Director John Simone, Andrea Jarvis, co-chairs Allen Silk, Dave Fraytak and Lori Danko, Steve Ritzau, Scott Needham, President Jianping Wang and Foundation Chair Jeri Bogan Zielinski.The Washing Machine Challenge!Golfers contributed in a big way to raffle ticket sales.Silent auction items included foursomes donated by area golf clubs.
West Windsor, N.J. – The skies brightened just in time for Mercer County Community College (MCCC) to welcome 103 community friends to Mercer Oaks for a day of golf and philanthropy on Sept. 27. Hosted by the MCCC Foundation and the Athletics Department, the annual event is held in support of student athletes.
The tournament raised significant dollars that will be donated to the MCCC Student Athlete Scholarship Fund, with proceeds topping $22,000 for the fourth consecutive year. Fourteen Mercer athletes representing the college’s nine teams had a chance to circulate among the guests and thank them for their participation.
The day commenced with a putting contest and lunch. Prior to the shotgun start, MCCC President Jianping Wang welcomed the many corporate and community supporters who have made MCCC's tournament one of their go-to charitable causes.
“Your participation means that many more students will be able to complete their courses, earn their degrees and move on to solid careers. So that’s what you are supporting by being here today,” Dr. Wang told the golfers.
The tournament’s winning foursome was from First Choice Bank and included Herb Ames, Steve Kelly, Louis Kelly, and Russ Stupienski. Additional prizes were awarded on four holes for longest drives for men and women and closest to the pin.
Taking the lead in sponsorships was Homasote. Other major sponsors included Suplee, Clooney & Co., James Haas, and The Fretz Corporation (Beverage Cart); Rich Simkus of PRISM Advisory Group LLC (Ball Sponsor); and Scott Needham of Princeton Air Conditioning Inc. (Golf Cart sponsor). All will have scholarships presented in their names.
Brian Bennett of Haldeman Lexus was the sponsor of the Prize Hole. Other Hole Sponsors were Geico Hamilton, David Fraytak, Architectural Window Manufacturers, Merrill Lynch, Rivertan Risk Management, Borden Perlman, Salisbury & Kelly, Hill Wallack LLP, Spiezle Architectural Group, First Choice Bank, and Stark & Stark. Tee sponsors were Thomas Edison State University and The Bank of Princeton. Mrs. G TV & Appliances donated a washer and dryer for the Washing Machine Contest.
Three years ago, the Foundation began naming scholarships in recognition of golfer support. Last year 12 students were recipients of these scholarships. The 2016 group will receive their scholarship awards at a Continuing Student Recognition Ceremony in October. A brand new award this year is the 1996 Baseball Alumni Scholarship established by Jason R. Bender, Richard J. Freeman, Scott J. Perelli, Michael D. Gresko and Dan Klim.
Following the tournament, golfers joined together in the Mercer Oaks Ballroom, where they enjoyed dinner and an awards ceremony. A highlight of the evening reception was a silent auction featuring sports related items, including generous donations of foursomes by numerous premier golf courses in the region.
Co-chairs for the event are Lori Danko (DanMor Mechanical), David Fraytak, and Allen Silk (Stark and Stark). Other community members serving on the committee are: Brian Bennett (Haldeman Lexus), Sharon Cappella (Borden Perlman), Wayne DeAngelo, (NJ Assemblyman), John Donohue (The College of New Jersey), Paul Fitzgerald (First Choice Bank), Warren Flicker (Homasote), Zachary Granata (Rue Insurance), Marty Hammond (PFM Asset Management), Andrea Jarvis (Rider University), Daniel Klim (American Physical Therapy Association of New Jersey), Howard Levy (MCCC men’s basketball coach), Tim Losch (Fulton Bank), Scott Needham (Princeton Air Conditioning), Tom Perrino (Spiezle Architectural Group), Rocky L. Peterson (Hill Wallack), Michael Procaccini (Rivertan Risk Management, Inc.), Steve Ritzau, Debbie Schaeffer (Mrs. G TV and Appliances), Carolyn Sica (CBRE, Inc.), Richard Simkus (Prism Advisory), John Simone (MCCC Athletics Director), Dennis Walsingham (Glenmede Trust), and Jeri Bogan Zielinski, Chair of the MCCC Foundation Board (Educational Testing Service).
The tournament is held in memory of Dr. Cynthia Schaffer, a local physician who served on the MCCC Foundation Board and was dedicated to giving back to the community. She focused many of her efforts on children’s health and youth sports.
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