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MCCC to Host Annual Golf Classic on Oct. 1 to Benefit Student Athletes

8/21/18


Among the community members serving on the Golf Classic committee are, front row, from left, Co-chairs Dave Fraytak and Brian Bennett, of Haldeman Auto Group, a major tournament sponsor, Michael Procaccini, Larry Melamed, Samantha Plunkett, and MCCC Athletics Director John Simone; back row, from left, Gary Zarrilli, Don Fowler, Steve Ritzau, Howard Levy (back), Co-chair Allen Silk, Marty Hammond, Scott Needham and Tom Perrino.

West Windsor, N.J. – Mercer County Community College (MCCC) invites friends and supporters of the college’s student athletes to hit the links on Monday, Oct. 1 for the Haldeman Auto Group Golf Classic for MCCC Scholarships, co-hosted by the Athletics Department and MCCC Foundation.

According to Ed Gwazda, Executive Director of the MCCC Foundation, the 27th annual tournament has already received generous support from numerous area corporations including Haldeman Auto Group, which provided the naming sponsorship for the event. Haldeman is also the Hole-In-One sponsor, with a new Lexus as the featured car.

The tournament will be held at Trenton County Club in West Trenton, NJ. The practice range for participants opens at 10:30 a.m. Registration and lunch begin at 11:30 a.m., with tee-off at 12:30 p.m.  The event features a shotgun start, scramble format. Skill prizes include low gross foursome, second low gross foursome, longest drive contest on fairway for men and women, hole in one, putting contest, and closest to the pin on two holes.

The day concludes at 5:30 p.m. with the 19th Hole Reception and Silent Auction, followed by dinner and awards. (The silent auction will feature guest foursomes at premier golf clubs, among other sports-related items.)

“Every dollar we raise goes towards scholarships for Mercer’s student athletes, Gwazda said, noting that the tournament has a long history of community support. “The MCCC athletics program has a well-deserved reputation for excellence. In just the past year, four of Mercer’s ten teams advanced to national tournaments. These students represent the college with distinction and deserve our investment into their futures.”

In addition to Haldeman Auto Group, main sponsors to date include: Homasote Manufacturing Co.; Adams, Gutierrez & Lattiboudere, LLC.; Borden Perlman Salisbury & Kelly; Donald Fowler; David Fraytak; Rivertan Risk Management, LLC; TD Bank; Thomas Edison State University; Fulton Bank of New Jersey; Clarke Caton Hintz, PC; Stark & Stark; Domain Computer Systems; Mercadien Group; Princeton Air Conditioning; Aamir Rehman and Hina Ghory; PRISM Advisory Group, LLC;  Berkshire Bank Foundation, Inc.; The College of New Jersey; Steve Ritzau; and Carpenter Contractor Trust NY/NJ.

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

Other community members serving on the committee are: Sharon Cappella (Borden Perlman), Wayne DeAngelo, (NJ Assemblyman), John Donohue (The College of New Jersey), Warren Flicker (Homasote Manufacturing Co.), Ed Gwazda (MCCC Foundation), Marty Hammond (PFM Asset Management), Daniel Klim (American Physical Therapy Association of New Jersey), Savita Lachman (Fulton Bank of New Jersey), Howard Levy (MCCC men’s basketball coach), Brian McCloskey (MCCC Executive Director of Finance),  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), John Simone (MCCC), Michael Sullivan (Clarke Caton Hintz, PC), Dennis Walsingham (Glenmede Trust), Dr. Jianping Wang (MCCC President), and Gary Zarrilli.

According to MCCC Athletics Director John Simone, the Class of 2018 included 29 athletes who will be transferring to continue their academic and athletic careers. “Our athletes learn important life skills including teamwork and time management. They consistently perform well in the classroom.  This tournament lets them know that we believe in them and are investing in their futures,” Simone said.

There are still numerous opportunities for sponsorships and purchase of individual tickets. For more information, call Roxanne List at 609-570-3616 or click here. Participants and sponsors may register online; a printable registration form is also available online.

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