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Golf Classic Is Hole-In-One for MCCC Student Athletes


Pictured with MCCC Vice President for College Advancement Ed Gwazda, center, are representatives from Haldeman Auto Group, the tournament's major sponsor. From left, are, Greg Hritz, Brian Bennett, Scott Haldeman, and Allen Haldeman, Additional Haldeman golfers were Bob Smith, Bob Colton, Bob Albanese, and Phil Lanctot.

Members of the MCCC baseball team spoke with golfers during the lunch buffet.

Prior to the shotgun start are, from left, Ed Gwazda, Vice President for College Advancement, Haldeman Auto Group's Brian Bennett, tournament co-chair Allen Silk, MCCC President Jianping Wang, and tournament co-chair Lori Danko, who also serves as chair of the MCCC Foundation. Not pictured: Co-chair Dave Fraytak.

Men's soccer players came out on the course to meet golfers, including participants from Adams, Gutierrex & Lattiboudere, LLC.

Women's soccer players, were among the students attended the awards banquet to thank golfers for their participation. They are pictured with MCCC President Jianping Wang, far left, and Athletics Director John Simone.

The winning foursome was from TD Bank. They are pictured with Athletics Director John Simone, far left, and MCCC President Jianping Wang.

Steve Ritzau, second from left, with his foursomes. The tournament is held in memory of Mr. Ritzau's late wife, Dr. Cynthia Schaffer.

West Windsor, NJ. – The Mercer County Community College (MCCC) Foundation and the Athletics Department welcomed 102 community friends and corporate supporters to the Haldeman Auto Group Golf Classic for MCCC Scholarships. The tournament, which benefits the college’s student athletes, was held at Trenton Country Club on Oct. 2. The event netted over $28,000 for scholarship support.

Tournament co-chairs were Foundation Board Chair Lori Danko (DanMor Mechanical), and Board members Allen Silk (Stark & Stark) and David Fraytak. The tournament is held in memory of Dr. Cynthia Shaffer, who served as a member of the Foundation Board and was an avid supporter of youth sports.

This marked Mercer’s 26th annual tournament. According to Ed Gwazda, Executive Director of the MCCC Foundation, “We were particularly excited by the level of corporate support we received this year.” He added that the 2017 tournament was formally named the Haldeman Auto Group Golf Classic in recognition of the company’s generous tournament sponsorship, which included a Hole-In-One sponsorship with a choice of three Lexus automobiles.

With a new Lexus on the line, one golfer came within 17 inches of getting that hole in one – and the brand new car from the Haldeman. But all players and corporate sponsors came away winners, as the college’s Foundation and Athletics Department reached a new fundraising record for the event.

As golfers prepared to set out on the course, MCCC
President Jianping Wang offered her warm thanks. “We are on a mission together to help students succeed,” she said.
“That creates a better workforce and a stronger community. We thank you so much for making our students part of your philanthropic efforts. Your generosity is changing lives.”

Following the day on the links, the golfers joined with other dinner guests in the club’s ballroom for an awards reception and buffet dinner. The evening festivities included a silent auction featuring a selection of guest foursomes from many of the region’s private golf clubs and other items donated by MCCC donors and friends.

In his remarks during the reception, Brian Bennett, Vice President and General Manager at Haldeman Lexus of Princeton, said his company decided to sponsor the tournament because of “the importance of scholarships at Mercer and because the lead sponsor is able to create a $2,500 named scholarship, which means a lot to us.” Bennett added that MCCC’s Automotive Technology program has produced many well-qualified mechanics who have been hired by Haldeman.

MCCC Athletics Director John Simone added his own words of appreciation. “This fundraiser helps numerous student athletes pursue their college goals every year, students who consistently perform well in the classroom in addition to their sport. Community support sends them a message that we believe in them and are doing everything we can to insure their success,” he said.

The tournament's winning foursome was from TD Bank and included Sergio Iaccovitti, John Ward, Adam Bracy and Bill Kates. Second place went to Dave Fraytak, Steve Troiano, Larry Detullo and Sam Scuderi. In the Longest Drive contest, Rosemary Morrison was the winner for the women and Brad Strauss was the winner for the men. Closest to the Pin winners included Karla Pollack, Rob Laino, Andy Salmon and Tim Remmert.

In addition to the Tournament Sponsorship from Haldeman Auto Group, Front Nine and Back Nine Sponsors were Homasote Manufacturing Co. and Harrison Hamnett P.C.

Other main sponsors for the tournament included: Adams, Gutierrez & Lattiboudere, LLC.; Architectural Window Manufacturers; The Bank of Princeton; Borden Perlman Salisbury & Kelly; Reginald Burroughs; Merrill Lynch/Donald Fowler; David Fraytak; Honeywell; IBEW Local Union #269; PFM Asset Management; Plumbers & Pipefitters Local Union #9; Rivertan Risk Management, LLC; TD Bank; Thomas Edison State University; Fulton Bank of New Jersey; Clarke Caton Hintz, PC; Stark & Stark; Domain Tech Academy at MCCC; Mercadien Group; Princeton Air Conditioning; Spiezle Architectural Group; Aamir Rehman and Hina Ghory; PRISM Advisory Group, LLC;  Berkshire Bank Foundation, Inc.; The College of New Jersey Foundation, Inc.; Steve Ritzau; Wawa Inc.; and Carpenter Contractor Trust NY/NJ.

Scholarships are named in recognition of tournament sponsors and awarded to MCCC student athletes.

Other community members serving on the committee were: Herb Ames (Devin Group), Brian Bennett (Haldeman Auto Group), Sharon Cappella (Borden Perlman), 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), Howard Levy (MCCC men’s basketball coach), Brian McCloskey (MCCC Executive Director of Finance),  Eric Ludwig Esq., 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) and Dennis Walsingham (Glenmede Trust).

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