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Perfect in Pink at MCCC’s ‘Think Pink Breast Cancer Awareness Night' Jan. 25


Pretty in pink tie-dyed tee shirts, from left, Shaunice Palms, Gabriela Juarez, Tylisha Livingston, Jess Adamo, Hailey Kieffer and Shanice Barnes.

Fans from Christina Seix Academy in Ewing, with their coaches and members of the Vikings basketbal team.

A performance in pink by MCCC's Cheer Dance Team.

Raffle tickets sales were brisk, with the event netting $550 that will be odnated to the Breast Cancer Resource Center. AAWCC members, from left, are Erin Cahill-Wetzel, Roseann Cooper and Stacy Denton.

WWFM's Rachel Katz spoke about her experience as a breast cancer survivor and the important role of the BCRC in her recovery.

More than 30 prizes were donated by local orgnaizations and businesses, as well as college staff.

West Windsor, N.J. -- Generations of women – and men – came together to participate in Mercer County Community College’s (MCCC’s) 8th annual “Think Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Night” on Jan. 25.The event was held during women’s and men’s basketball games at the West Windsor Campus gymnasium and featured raffle prizes and special guests from the Breast Cancer Resource Center (BCRC) of the YWCA-Princeton.

The event was co-sponsored by the Athletics Department and Mercer’s chapter of the American Association for Women in Community Colleges (AAWCC). All money raised from ticket purchases and raffle sales was donated to the BCRC, an organization that provides critical support to patients during and after breast cancer treatment.

The audience was a sea of pink and the gym was festooned with pink ribbons all around. On the far wall hung a series of posters honoring survivors of breast cancer, patients who are currently fighting the disease, and those who have lost their battle. All are known and loved by MCCC players, coaches and Athletics Department staff members.

Middle school basketball players from Christina Seix Academy in Ewing attended the women’s game with their coaches, Lynne Hurley, Cathy Hoffman and Reem Bichara. Hoffman was excited that her team was able to attend. “This is a team-bonding moment for our girls and creates awareness about breast cancer from an early age,” she said. The team also raised funds to add to the total contributions.

Mercer athletes were all in and ready for action. Members of both the women’s and men’s teams sported pink shoelaces and headbands. The women’s team created pink tie-dyed tee shirts that they wore during warm-ups, and then played an inspired game of basketball, defeating Ocean County College 63-22. The men’s team had a taller order, literally, as they faced Division I powerhouse Harcum College, losing 111-66. The Cheer Dance Team donned pink in a spirited halftime show. The MCCC Step Dance Team also added to the energy of the positive evening.

But the ulimate winner of the night was the fundraising effort on behalf of BCRC. This year’s Pink Night total was $550, the highest ever for this single event.

The bulk of the funds came from community-wide acts of generosity, as local businesses, organizations, and MCCC staff members donated the raffle prizes that were on display in the lobby, making raffle sales brisk. The college thanks all the groups that donated: Caesar’s Bagels & Deli, Carella’s Hallmark, Carella’s Shoes, DeLorenzo’s Tomato Pies, Porfirio’s Market, Princeton University Basketball, Kelsey Theatre, LuLaRoe Ashley Moffett, MCCC Camp College, the MCCC Center for Continuing Studies, Upward Bound, and Kalinowski Performance Academy. Among the craft prizes donated by MCCC employees were bottle lights designed by former Athletic Trainer Lisa Camillone, wreaths made by AAWCC Secretary Roseann Cooper, and jewelry made by AAWCC Vice President Lucia Brown-Joseph from her company, C L E B Originals.

Two BCRC volunteers, Madeline Lightman and WWFM’s Rachel Katz, spoke on behalf of the nonprofit group during halftimes of the games. Lightman noted the importance of community involvement. “We can do so much to help patients with this type of support,” she said. Katz, a breast cancer survivor, recalled that following her diagnosis, she turned to the BCRC as a go-to resource during her treatment.

AAWCC-President and Athletic Administrative Assistant Erin Cahill-Wetzel, who helped organize the event, was thrilled with the evening’s success. 

“This event was a true team effort, and the most successful Pink Night we have ever had," she said. "Donations came from all over. We also had a good turnout for both games, including the middle school girls who got to cheer for our women’s team in one of their best wins of the season.”

Lastly, but most importantly Cahill-Wetzel observes that the event was a great awareness builder about a disease that affects approximately 1 in 8 women in their lifetimes.

“We raised awareness and we raised money for an organization, the BCRC, that provides tremendous support to patients during and after treatment. I am so proud of the effort of our basketball teams, the Athletics Department, the BCRC and AAWCC to making the evening a success,” Cahill-Wetzel said.

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