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MCCC Basketball Coaches Visit Breast Cancer Resource Center with Donations in Hand

6/6/17


Athletics staff members deliver proceeds to the BCRC at 2 Preservation Place, one of the organization's two sites. From left are Mercer's Jane Berlinger, assistant coach for women's basketball; Erin Cahill-Wetzel; Stan Tuchez, assistant coach for men's basketball; and BCRC staff member Christina Reynier.

Each year, the BCRC sends volunteers to help Mercer spread the word about breast health. Pictured at the 2017 event are, from left, BCRC's Kim Beck and MCCC staffers Erin Cahill-Wetzel, Roseann Cooper, Rachel Katz and Tonia Harrison.

West Windsor, N.J. – Despite the rough patches in their 2016-17 seasons, the men’s and women’s basketball teams at Mercer County Community College (MCCC) made a special difference at the college and in the community. Both teams participated in fundraising for the Breast Cancer Resource Center (BCRC) of the Princeton YWCA as part of “Think Pink” Breast Cancer Awareness Night in February. Between the pink tee-shirts that were sold, raffle tickets purchased, and contributions from fans, the teams raised a total just under $1,300. (Raffle prizes were donated by numerous local businesses and organizations.)

Three MCCC staffers, Assistant Women’s Basketball Coach Jane Berlinger, Assistant Men’s Coach Stan Tuchez, and Administrative Assistant Erin Cahill-Wetzel, recently made the trip to the BCRC to deliver the funds in person. While at the center, the three got a tour of the center’s new Princeton home. All said it was satisfying to make an in-person connection to the place where they devote their fundraising efforts.

Cahill-Wetzel has helped to organize the “Think Pink” event for the past seven years and is grateful that MCCC steps up in such a big way to support this worthy cause.  “It’s a great community service project for our student athletes. We have been lucky to team up with the BCRC.”

Cahill-Wetzel notes that every year the organization sends volunteers to Mercer’s event who help to educate families and raise awareness. “They talk about their programs and services for those who are battling or are affected by breast cancer. We are happy to support such an active and caring organization,” she said.

Tuchez observed that, for him, the visit to the BCRC made the fundraising project real. ”As a ‘Think Pink’ participant for many years – when I was a Mercer basketball player and now as a coach – seeing where our donations go is inspiring. It’s wonderful to witness firsthand the care the clients receive from such a loving and committed staff. This will play a tremendous role in motivating us to continue our efforts for BCRC,“ Tuchez said.

Berlinger is especially proud of the students who continue to get involved each year. “They are making a difference that will help BCRC provide much needed support to these women and their families. I am 100 percent confident that the money will be used in extraordinary ways. We are gratified to play a part in supporting an organization that makes women with breast cancer and their families informed, healthy, active and self-confident,” she said.


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