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MCCC-Haldeman Auto Group Golf Classic Gives Students Their Shot as Tournament Breaks Fund-Raising Record

10/17/18


Co-chair Brian Bennet, fourth from left, with two foursomes from Haldeman Auto Group, which was the tournament's lead sponsor.

Student athletes came out to greet golfers and thank them for their generosity.

From left, MCCC Athletics Director John Simone, Co-chair Dave Fraytak, MCCC President Jianping Wang, and Co-chairs Brian Bennet and Allen Silk.

MCCC staff members worked tirelessly behind the scenes to ensure a successful day for all!

West Windsor, N.J. – The Mercer County Community College (MCCC) Foundation and the Athletics Department welcomed more than 100 community friends and corporate supporters to the Haldeman Auto Group Golf Classic for MCCC Scholarships, held at Trenton Country Club Oct. 1. The 27th annual tournament, which benefits the college’s student athletes, raised a record-breaking $35,000 in scholarship support.

Tournament co-chairs were Brian Bennett (Haldeman Auto Group), David Fraytak, and Allen Silk (Stark and Stark). The tournament is held in memory of Dr. Cynthia Schaffer, who served as a member of the MCCC Foundation Board and was an avid supporter of youth sports.

According to Ed Gwazda, Executive Director of the MCCC Foundation, “This was a banner year for corporate support, allowing us to raise significant dollars that will go directly to our student athletes.” For the second consecutive year, the tournament was named for the Haldeman Auto Group, which was the event’s lead sponsor and provided the Hole-In-One sponsorship.

As golfers prepared to set out on the course, MCCC President Jianping Wang expressed her appreciation. “We know you are here for our students and we thank you. Together we are changing the lives of young people just starting out on their journey. What you are doing makes our county stronger,” she said.

Following the day on the links, the golfers joined with other dinner guests in the club’s ballroom for a festive awards reception and buffet. The evening celebration incdlued a silent auction featuring rounds of golf at some of the region’s premier courses and other items donated by MCCC donors and friends.

The winning foursome was Dave Fraytak, Sam Scuderi, Gene Ragazzo and Steve Troiano. Second place went to Doug Borden, Jeff Perlman, Sharon Cappella and Jeff Martin. In the Longest Drive Contest, Kaitlyn Maxwell was the winner for the women and Bryan Adams was the winner for the men. Closest to the Pin winners included Gene Ragazzo, Bill Beyer, Dave Erickson, John Harrison and Dan Sebban.

Student athletes from numerous Mercer teams came out to thank participants for investing in their futures. MCCC Athletics Director John Simone noted that student athletes must juggle academic coursework with demanding practice and game schedules. “They make a major time commitment to the college that often leaves them unable to work, even part-time, to pay their tuition. The scholarships they receive are critical to their success,” Simone said. Last year, tournament proceeds enabled the Foundation to award scholarships to 17 student athletes.

Among the speakers at the awards ceremony was tournament co-chair Brian Bennett, Vice President and General Manager at Haldeman Lexus of Princeton, who noted that his company decided to sponsor the tournament because of the importance of scholarships to MCCC students. The company is working with Mercer to establish internships for Automotive Technology students. (Many MCCC Auto Tech graduates have been hired by Haldeman.) Another sponsor, Rashaad Bajwa, CEO and President of Domain Computer Services, also addressed the crowd, describing Domain’s InternIT Program at Mercer, which is providing students with hands-experience to prepare them for jobs in the tech sector.

In addition to Haldeman Auto Group, the college gratefully acknowledges other tournament sponsors: Homasote Manufacturing Co. (Front Nine Sponsor) and Spiezle Architectural Group Inc. (Back Nine Sponsor). Hole Sponsors included: Adams, Gutierrez & Lattiboudere LLC, Architectural Window Manufacturing Corp., Borden Perlman, Dave Fraytak, Fulton Bank of New Jersey, Harrison-Hamnett, P.C., Honeywell International Inc., Jammin’ Crepes, Merrill Lynch, Pangaea Health & Wellness LLC, PFM Asset Management LLC, The College of New Jersey, Wawa Foundation, and Wells Fargo Bank. Additional sponsors were: Raymond James, InternIT, Gary Tourz LLC, Plumbers and Pipe Fitters Local Union #9, Carpenters Contractors Trust NY/NJ, Prism Advisory Group LLC, Princeton Air Conditioning Inc., Aamir A. Rehman and Hina Z. Ghory, Stark & Stark, NETA-NJ, Investors Bank and Mercadien Group. Other contributors included Robert E. Humes, F. Thomas Kull, Eric S. Mandrackie, Carmen Nitti Hopewell Pharmacy, and Charles J. Plohn Jr.

Among the community members serving on the committee were: Sharon Cappella (Borden Perlman), Foundation Board Chair Lori Danko (DanMor Mechanical), Wayne DeAngelo (NJ Assemblyman), John Donohue (The College of New Jersey), Warren Flicker (Homasote Manufacturing Co.), Marty Hammond (PFM Asset Management), Daniel Klim (American Physical Therapy Association of New Jersey), Savita Lachman (Fulton Bank of New Jersey), Larry Melamed, Scott Needham (Princeton Air Conditioning), Tom Perrino (Spiezle Architectural Group), Michael Procaccini (Northeast/NY Upstate Medical Group Insurance Services, Inc.), Steve Ritzau, Debbie Schaeffer (Mrs. G TV & Appliances), Richard Simkus (Prism Advisory Group, LLC), Michael Sullivan (Clarke Caton Hintz, PC), Dennis Walsingham (Glenmede Trust), and Gary Zarrilli. In addition to MCCC’s President Jianping Wang, Ed Gwazda and John Simone, Mercer representatives included Howard Levy (men’s basketball coach) and Brian McCloskey (Executive Director of Finance).

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