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The 15th Annual Cynthia K. Critelli Memorial Basketball Tournament Donates Back to Hunterdon Regional Cancer Center

Pictured Left holding the check: Dominic Critelli and (far right holding check)Tournament Director Ron Armellino present a check to staff from the Hunterdon Regional Cancer Center and Christina O’Malley, Senior Vice President of the Hunterdon Healthcare Foundation.

June 4, 2018

The 15th Annual Cynthia K. Critelli Memorial Basketball Memorial Tournament presented the Hunterdon Healthcare Foundation with a check for $12,250 to support the Hunterdon Regional Cancer Center.  Over the past six years, this event has raised a total of $72,250 to support the Hunterdon Regional Cancer Center.

The tournament was held from March 16 to 18, 2018 at Clinton Township’s Round Valley School,  Holland Brook School, Hunterdon Central Regional High School, JP Case Middle School ,Raritan Valley Community College and  Readington Middle School and was hosted by Hunterdon Horizon Girls Non-Profit Basketball Organization. The tournament included 19 girls and 20 boys basketball teams, ranging from fourth to eighth grade. Teams from  Basking Ridge,  Flemington-Raritan Youth Basketball,  Hillsborough Travel Basketball,  Immaculate Heart of  Mary – Scotch Plains,  Long Hill Township,  Long Valley, North Hunterdon Lions,  Princeton Basketball Club, Readington Township Recreation, Solebury, Tewksbury Athletic Association, South Brunswick PAL and Washington Township  participated in the event.  Each participated in a round robin tournament over  the three days. All teams 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 Flemington-Raritan Youth Basketball 6th Grade Girls and Readington Township 8th Grade Boys who won their bracket championships. In addition, special congratulations to Conor Hercek of Readington Township who was selected the Most Outstanding Player in the Tournament.

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), Outstanding Performance in the Tournament donated by Augustine “Dean” DeStefano of  Caldwell Banker  and the 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:  The Critelli Family, 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;  Sorella’s Pizza and Pasta; Flemington-Raritan Youth Basketball; Tom Kowal  of Ritas of Flemington and Readington  and the Gass Family of Readington Township for their generous donations; Clinton Township Board of Education, 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  Dr. Jeffrey Moore, Don Thorton , Jean Lojek  and  Mike Raymond for their support. Raritan Valley Community College as well as George Eversmann and  Coach Phil Herro for their support.   Readington Township Board of Education as well as Don Race,  Readington Township Recreation for their support.  Special thanks to Keith Roden from Raritan Township, . Melissa Adams,  Marty/Mickie Peterson,  and  Tom Daley from Readington Township, all members of the Shine Like George Event Team and  players from  the  Hunterdon Central Girls Basketball 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 15 year commitment to this event and  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. The 16th Annual event  has tentatively  been scheduled for March 15, 16 and 17, 2019. Any  person or organization who would like information on  how they can support the event can contact Ron Armellino at rjarmellino@embarqmail.com.

 

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