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Golfers Brave Rain In Support of MCCC Student Athletes


West Windsor, N.J. -- Rainy weather did not dampen the spirits of 76 intrepid MCCC supporters who played golf for the Mercer cause on October 2. The 21st Annual Golf Classic, hosted by the MCCC Athletics Department, still managed to be a good time for all as the college again enjoyed the facilities at Mercer Oaks Golf Course.

The event raised approximately $10,000 for the MCCC Student Athlete Scholarship Fund. The tournament is held in memory of Dr. Cynthia Schaffer, who served on the MCCC Foundation Board and was deeply committed to youth sports.

Prior to the shotgun start, MCCC Vice President for Academic Affairs Guy Generals gave a warm welcome to the assembled golfers. Pointing to the student athletes who came out to assist at the tournament, he said, "You see here today representatives from our nine athletic teams. Virtually every year some of our teams are regional or district finalists, or advance to national tournaments. They represent Mercer with distinction and they couldn't do it without your support. So we thank you for being part of this effort."

Athletics Director John Simone joined with Dr. Generals to acknowledge the more than 30 generous sponsors who contributed to the proceeds total. He noted, "We see the life-changing impact of students' involvement in athletics. This is a cause well worth supporting."

Following the tournament, guests joined together in the Mercer Oaks ballroom for a banquet dinner. The celebration included the presentation of awards, as well as a silent auction of sports items and other valuables.

Representing the MCCC Foundation Board was Chair E. Karen Kennedy, who expressed her appreciation to the assembled group for making MCCC athletes a special priority.

Awards were announced by John Simone. The winning team included Chuck Herring, Harry Morrison and Rose Marie Morrison. Awards were also given for second place, longest drive, and closest-to-the-pin.

Community members who participated on the Golf Tournament Committee included: Victoria Baldwin of The Bank, Doug Borden and Jeff Perlman of Borden Perlman Insurance Company, Dave Fraytak of Fraytak Veisz Hopkins Duthie, Tom Kull, Nina Melker of The Bank of Princeton, Scott Needham of Princeton Air Conditioning Inc., and Steve Ritzau.

Many generous corporate and individual supporters contributed to the event. Target sponsors included: Architectural Window Manufacturing Corporation, Borden Perlman Insurance Company, Coryell Tree Service, Fox Rothschild LLP, Dave Fraytak, Fulton Bank, Great Eastern Technologies Inc., Harrison-Hamnett, Spiezle Architectural Group Inc., and Thomas Edison State College.

Tea and Green Sponsors were: Architectural Window Manufacturing Corporation, Borden Perlman Insurance Company, Fox Rothschild LLP, Fulton Bank, Great Eastern Technologies, Kucker-Haney Paint Company, Spiezle Architectural Group Inc., and Thomas Edison State College.

Additional sponsors were AAA Mid-Atlantic (Kevin Mickso), Carpet Impressions, Clarke Caton Hintz, Glenmede Trust Company, The Haldeman Dealerships (Brian Bennett), Honeywell, Marjory Murray Bernhard, Princeton Air Conditioning Inc., PSE&G, Mark Pratico Jewelers, Morgan Stanley (Randy Jones), Mrs. G TV & Appliances, the Family of Dr. Cynthia Schaffer, Security Dynamics (John Deveronica), and Trenton Joe.

Pictured, from left, are committee member Steve Ritzau, MCCC Athletics Director John Simone, Vice President for Academic Affairs Guy Generals and committee member Dave Fraytak.
MCCC athletes came out to greet participants and assist at the tournament.

Ready, set, golf!

At the evening reception are, from left, Tim Losch, Foundation Chair Karen Kennedy, Tom Kull, MCCC President Patricia. Donohue, Scott Needham and Bob Humes.

Last year, 127 Mercer students participated on athletic teams. Among the year's highlights were a national title for tennis player Alison Noll at no. 1 singles, a first for a Mercer woman, and a third place national finish for the men's tennis team, with doubles partners Travis McCaughan and Juan Ramirez winning the title at no. 2. The men's soccer team won the Region 19 championship and women's basketball won the Garden State Athletic Conference. Nine students were named All-Americans and three were named Academic All-Americans. The women's tennis team won an NJCAA All-Academic Team Award with a combined GPA of 3.42. Twenty-two student athletes transferred to continue their education at four-year colleges.

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