SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The Play for P.I.N.K. golf tournament was held for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation on Wednesday, July 10, at Shackamaxon Country Club in Scotch Plains.

This is the 19th year of The Play for P.I.N.K. Fundraiser that has raised over $57 million to fund the world’s most promising breast cancer research by the finest minds in the field.

"The research is already saving lives, improving outcomes and uncovering new approaches to this complex, challenging disease," said Joanie Schwarz, a volunteer who photographed the event. 

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"I had a great time a remembering my wife, Geri, and Rose Checchio who both succumbed to breast cancer. It was good to see Rose's sister Angela and her friends," said Mayor Al Smith. "Thanks to Margaret Heisey, who volunteered her time to co-chair the event, which was the biggest one ever. Thanks also to Jim Checchio, his wife Sharon, and Gene Sullivan for a fun round of golf."

Later in the year, the Township of Scotch Plains will host the "Play for P.I.N.K Rose Checchio Walk to Wipe Out Breast Cancer" on Saturday, Oct. 5, starting at 9:00 a.m. at the Alan Augustine Park in downtown Scotch Plains.

This 2.5 mile walk will count as one of the Mayor's Wellness Challenge races. Funds raised at the event will also go to the Breast Cancer Researcher Foundation. 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.