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The 18th Annual Cynthia K. Critelli Memorial Basketball Tournament Raises $5,300 for Hunterdon Regional Cancer Center

August 4, 2020

The 18th annual Cynthia K. Critelli Memorial Basketball Tournament run by Hunterdon Horizon Girls Non Profit AAU basketball club presented the Hunterdon Healthcare Foundation with a check for $5,300 to support the Hunterdon Regional Cancer Center.  Over the past eight years, this event has raised a total of $81,450 to support the Hunterdon Regional Cancer Center.

The event was run on March 7th and 8th 2020 at Readington Middle School and attended by many people. Special thanks to the Readington Township Board of Education for allowing the event to be held there.

The tournament included eight girls basketball teams  (4th Grade, 8th Grade)  and four boys basketball teams (6th Grade). Teams from Flemington-Raritan Youth Basketball, Montgomery Basketball Association, North Hunterdon Lions,  Princeton Basketball Club, Readington Township Recreation, and  South Brunswick PAL participated in the event.  Each team participated in a three-game round-robin tournament over the two days with the championship and consolation games held on March 8th.  All teams received a trophy while each player received a trophy or a medal and a T-shirt.  Special recognition goes to our local teams which include the Flemington-Raritan Youth Basketball 8th Grade Girls who won their bracket and Readington Township 4th Grade Girls who were the runner-up in the Championship game. Congratulations to South Brunswick PAL (4th Girls Champions) and Montgomery Basketball Association (6th Grade Boys Champs) and all the teams who all gave an outstanding effort.

Local players Brianna Mastriano (8th Grade) from Flemington-Raritan Youth Basketball and Sofia Durka (4th Grade) from Readington Township were recipients of the Cynthia K. Critelli MVP awards in the championship games for their respective teams.

Individual players were also recognized with awards in the Championship and Consolation post-game ceremonies in memory of James T. Byrnes (All-Tournament Team), Kevin Gilbert (Hustle Award), and Maria Lynn Hartman (Sportsmanship Award).

Special congratulations go to Meher Vig, South Brunswick Vikings 8th Grade Girls, who was awarded the Drew O’Donoghue Memorial Award as the Most Outstanding Player in the Tournament.

In addition, Chris Mastriano from Flemington-Raritan Youth Basketball was recognized for his participation as a coach in this event for 12 years.

I-Pathmedia of Flemington, The Allorto Family (Readington Township), Eliot Runyon (South Brunswick), Darrows Sporting Edge, Crown Trophy of Flemington, The Drew O’Donoghue Fund and Sorellas all made generous donations to the event. Thanks to all the businesses and individuals who made donations to the tournament booklet.

Special thanks to Patti Marcine of Readington Township for her continued support of this event as it could not happen without her. Sincere thanks to all the people who volunteered their time at the door and scoring games. This event is not possible without their volunteer work.

All proceeds from the tournament were donated to 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, was extremely appreciative of all these teams and individuals stepping up to continue to support the event. The 19th Annual event date for 2021 is still being determined and will be announced in the future. Any person or organization who would like information on how they can support the event can contact Ron Armellino at rjarmellino@embarqmail.com.

Pictured Left to Right: Tournament Director, Ron Armellino, Barbara Tofani, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, Assistant Vice President, Outpatient and Ambulatory Services, and Phillipe Beekman, Senior Vice President, Hunterdon Healthcare Foundation.


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