West Windsor, N.J. – Friends from the corporate community and other enthusiastic supporters came out in force for Mercer County Community College’s (MCCC) 23rd Annual Golf Classic on Sept. 30, hosted by the MCCC Athletics Department and MCCC Foundation. For the second consecutive year, participants set a fundraising record.
Tournament organizers welcomed 105 golfers to Mercer Oaks in Princeton Junction, NJ. The brilliant sunshine set the tone for a great day of golf for a worthy cause. Over $26,000 was raised, the highest total ever reached for the tournament. Proceeds will be donated to the MCCC Student Athlete Scholarship Fund.
Thanking participants prior to the shotgun start, Ed Gwazda, MCCC 's Foundation Executive Director, said, “You understand the link between a strong community college and a strong business community. Your generosity is making education possible for our student athletes. We are truly grateful for your help."
A number of student athletes, representing some of Mercer’s nine intercollegiate teams, came out to shake hands and offer their personal thanks for the support of participants.
Following the tournament, golfers joined together in the Mercer Oaks ballroom, where they enjoyed dinner, a silent auction of golf-related and other items, and an awards ceremony.
In his remarks during the awards ceremony, MCCC Athletics Director John Simone applauded the assembled guests, noting that they are assisting students who consistently perform at high levels, both in the classroom and as representatives on Mercer’s teams. “For these students, the scholarship funds we raise today can make the difference in their ability to pursue the sports they love while earning their college degrees.”
The Golf Committee was co-chaired by Foundation Board members Lori Danko and David Fraytak Sr. Other committee members included Doug Borden, Robert DiFalco, MCCC President Patricia C. Donohue, Paul Fitzgerald, F. Thomas Kull, Erik Larsen, Nina Melker, Scott Needham, Rocky Peterson and Steve Ritzau. 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.
The tournament’s winning foursome were guests of committee member Steve Ritzau. Winners included Brian Baskin, Robert Kandetzke, Rosemary Morrison and Harry Morrison. Additional prizes were awarded for longest drives for men and women and closest to the pin on multiple holes.
The Tournament Sponsor was Investors Bank, followed by Front Nine Sponsor Wells Fargo Bank. Other top sponsors were Prism Advisory Group and Fox Rothschild. Hole sponsors were Architectural Window Manufacturing, Borden Perlman Salisbury and Kelly, Clarke Caton Hintz, First Bank, David Fraytak Sr., Fulton Bank, Great Eastern Technologies, Hill Wallack, Homasote, Merrill Lynch, PSE&G, Spiezle Architectural Group and the Trenton Freedom (indoor football league).
Additional sponsors included First Choice Bank, Hopewell Valley Community Bank, the New Jersey Business & Industry Association, Princeton Air Conditioning, Raymond James & Associates and Thomas Edison State College. Lawrence Lexus continued its support as the Hole-in-One Sponsor.
From left, Committee Co-chair Lori Danko, Erik Larsen, representing Tournament Sponsor Investors Bank, and Athletics Director John Simone.
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