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MCCC's 22nd Annual Golf Classic Is a Big Win for
Student Athletes


West Windsor, N.J. – The corporate community and other supporters came out in force for the 22nd Annual Golf Classic, hosted by the Mercer County Community College Athletics Department and MCCC Foundation Board.  It was held on a picture-perfect day Oct. 1 at Mercer Oaks in Princeton Junction, NJ.

Athletics Director John Simone reports that the event was a success by every measure.  This year’s tournament included 106 golfers, the most participants ever, including new friends from the business community.  The Silent Auction featured more of the items that have proven popular with bidders in the past, including eight foursomes at area golf courses.

Fundraising was robust, with an anticipated $20,000 in proceeds when the final numbers are in. Proceeds will be donated to the MCCC Student Athlete Scholarship Fund.  

Dr. Guy Generals, Vice President for Academic Affairs, welcomed the golfers prior to the shotgun start.  “Often what stands between our students and their success is the cost of tuition, even the cost of books,” he said.  "We are grateful to you for helping our students achieve their dreams.”

A squadron of student athletes, representing most of Mercer’s nine intercollegiate teams, was on hand to express appreciation to the participants.

During the awards reception and dinner that followed the day of golf, event co-chair Lori Danko spoke on behalf of the Golf Committee to recognize the generosity of those who golfed and/or attended the evening festivities.

“This is a great college, one that deserves the community’s support.  Your participation here today demonstrates your willingness to step up and make a difference in the lives of students,” Danko said.

Golf Committee member Steve Ritzau acknowledged the 10th anniversary of the passing of his wife, Dr. Cynthia Schaffer, in whose memory the tournament is held.  “I thank all of you for your support of our young people. It is a cause that Cindy was passionate about,” Ritzau said. Schaffer, a local physician who served on the MCCC Foundation Board, was dedicated to giving back to the community. She focused many of her efforts on children’s health and youth sports.

Danko co-chaired the Golf Committee with Rev. William Coleman.  Other committee members included Ehab Abousabe, Sharon Capella, Paul Fitzgerald, David Fraytak Sr., E. Karen Kennedy, Tom Kull, Tim Losch, Nina Melker, Scott Needham, Steve Ritzau and Tom Wilfrid.

The tournament’s winning foursome was from Customers Bank and included Joe Diefenbach Rudi Ringwald, Gordon Tantum and Warren Taylor.  Second place went to the Homasote team of Kevin Dehaven, Warren Flicker, Pete Tindall and Joey Toth. Additional prizes were awarded for longest drives for men and women and closest to the pin on five holes.

Sponsors of the tournament were led by Wells Fargo Bank as the Front Nine Sponsor and Investors Bank as the Back Nine Sponsor.  Hole sponsors included Fulton Bank, First Bank, Spiezle Architecture, Merrill Lynch Wealth Management, Architectural Window Manufacturing, Customers Bank, Thomas Edison State College, and Hill-Wallack.  Tee ponsors included Stark & Stark, Hopewell Valley Community Bank, Nick Marino, Homasote Company, St. Francis Medical Center, DANMOR Mechanical, Borden Perlman, and the Directors of MCCC Foundation.

Special sponsor recognition also goes to: Fox Rothschild LLP as the Dinner Sponsor; Fraytak, Veisz, Hopkins, Duthie, P.C., as the 19th Hole Sponsor; Lawrence Lexus - Brian Bennett as the Hole-in-One Sponsor; Princeton Air Conditioning, Inc. – Scott Needham as the Beverage Cart Sponsor; AAA Mid-Atlantic – Kevin Micsko as the Golf Ball Sponsor; and PRISM Advisory Group – Rich Simkus as Golf Cart Sponsor. Special thanks goes to Mrs. G TV and Appliances and Debbie Schaffer for contributing a 46-inch HDTV and Blu-Ray player to the silent auction.

For a complete listing of sponsors and links to their websites, click here.

See more photos from the Golf Classic on Facebook here.







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Ready, set, golf! This year's tournament set records for participants and proceeds.
The tournament also set a record for most women golfers. Sharon Capella, left, and Susan Giacomo were part of the group from Borden Perlman.
From left, on the course with Carmen Nitti, Ryan Crammer, Joe Chiarello and Bryan Bramley.
Athletics Director John Simone, far left, is pictured with committee members, second from left to right, Tom Wilfrid, David Fraytak Sr., Scott Needham, co-chair Lori Danko, Steve Ritzau, Foundation Board chair Nina Melker and Paul Fitzgerald.
Pictured with Athletics Director John Simone is the winning foursome, second from left to right, Warren Taylor, Gordon Tantum and Joe Diefenbach. Not pictured Rudi Ringwald.
Student athletes came out to express their appreciation to the golf tournament participants.