The 14th Cynthia K. Critelli Memorial Basketball Tournament Raises $14,000 for Hunterdon Regional Cancer Center
Pictured left to right: Barbara Tofani, MSN, Administrative Director, Hunterdon Regional Cancer Center, Alice Quinn, MHA, Breast Patient Navigator, Hunterdon Women’s Imaging Center, Jennifer Kertesz, M.D., Radiologist, Hunterdon Women’s Imaging Center, Tournament Director Ron Armellino, Catherine Gleason, M.D., Breast Surgeon, Hunterdon Breast Surgery Center and Christina O’Malley, Senior Vice President, Hunterdon Healthcare Foundation.
The 14th Annual Cynthia K. Critelli Memorial Basketball Memorial Tournament presented the Hunterdon Healthcare Foundation with a check for $14,000 to support the Hunterdon Regional Cancer Center. Over the past five years, this event has raised a total of $60,000 to support the Hunterdon Regional Cancer Center.
The tournament was held from March 17 to 19, 2017 at Holland Brook School, Hunterdon Central Regional High School, JP Case Middle School and Readington Middle School and was hosted by Hunterdon Horizon Girls Non-Profit Basketball Organization. The tournament included 16 girls and 20 boys basketball teams, ranging from fourth to eighth grade. Teams from, Central Bucks Athletics Association, Flemington-Raritan Youth Basketball, Hillsborough Travel Basketball, Immaculate Heart of Mary – Scotch Plains, Readington Township Recreation, Basking Ridge, Long Hill Basketball, North Hunterdon Lions, Princeton Basketball Club, Springfield, Tewksbury, South Brunswick PAL and the Warren Rebels participated in the event. Each team played four games over the three days and each team received a trophy while each player received a trophy or a medal and a T-shirt. Special recognition to our local teams which include the Readington Township 8th Grade Boys, Flemington-Raritan Youth Basketball 4th Grade Boys, 5th Grade Girls, and 7th Grade Girls who won their bracket championships.
Individual players were also recognized with awards in memory of James Byrnes Memorial Award (all-tournament team), Cynthia K. Critelli (championship game MVP), Kevin Gilbert Memorial Award (hustle), Maria L. Hartman Memorial Award (sportsmanship) and Drew O’Donoghue Memorial Award (outstanding player in the tournament). In addition, on March 19th, an eighth-grade sendoff ceremony was held with each player presenting their parent with flowers (donated by ShopRite of Flemington) to say thank you for their support.
All proceeds from the tournament were donated to the Hunterdon Regional Cancer Center in memory of Cynthia K. Critelli, a Readington teacher and beloved community member who died in 2004 after battling breast cancer.
Tournament Director Ron Armellino acknowledged the following people and organizations that helped to make the event a success: Rick and Linda Stefany from I-Path media of Flemington for their generous donation; Rick and Kimberley Allorto from Readington Township for their generous support; Eliot Runyon from South Brunswick PAL; Dave Merkel from Immaculate Heart of Mary; Darrows Sporting Edge; Pelican Ski and Pool; Bensi; Sorella’s Pizza and Pasta; Flemington-Raritan Youth Basketball; and the Gass Family of Readington Township for their generous donations; Flemington-Raritan Regional Board of Education as well as Melinda Roethke and Madeline Cocuzza for their support. Hunterdon Central Regional High School Board of Education as well as Johanna S. Ruberto and Jean Lojek for their support. Readington Township Board of Education, Readington Township Recreation as well as Don Race for their support. Special thanks to Keith Roden from Raritan Township. Melissa Adams, Marty/Mickie Peterson, John Hunt and Tom Daley from Readington Township, All members of the Shine Like George Event Team who donated their time. All the janitors who worked long hours to support us at each school. Patti Marcine from Readington Township for her 14 year commitment to this event. Shop Rite of Flemington for their generous donations. All companies and individuals who donated to the Tournament Booklet. All of the Volunteers from Flemington-Raritan and Readington Township.
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