SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ – The annual Play for P.I.N.K. golf fundraiser took place at Shackamaxon Country Club on Wednesday, July 11. More than 210 women, including Fanwood Mayor Colleen Mahr and Westfield Mayor Shelly Brindle, along with Scotch Plains Mayor Al Smith and boxing legend Gerry Cooney participated, One hundred (100) percent of the money raised went directly to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF).

The event’s special guest speaker was Dana Kaplan Richter, a two-time breast cancer survivor, lawyer and mother of three, and the Humanitarian Award recipient was Gina Pachkowski, a certified yoga instructor and owner of Alluen Yoga in Cranford. 

The Play for P.I.N.K. event was co-chaired by Shackamaxon members Beth Hornstein and Shari Berman. Together, and with their energetic and enthusiastic committee, they spent months organizing this special day, finding sponsors, and collecting silent auction items that would increase the overall donation to BCRF. The estimated total donation from this one day event was in excess of $40,000.

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Play for P.I.N.K. supports events in 30 states with more than 30,000 annual participants turning their passion for golf, tennis, and other sports and lifestyle pursuits into substantial support for breast cancer research. To date, Play for P.I.N.K. has raised nearly $53 million to help support scientists at leading academic medical institutions around the world. is Scotch Plains-Fanwood’s only free daily paper. Sign up for our daily eNews and follow us on Facebook and twitter @SPF_TAP. Download the free TAPinto App for iPhone or Android.