‘Hoops for Hope’ Raises $590 for Student Scholarship

by Alana J. Mauger

Despite a loss on the scoreboard, Montgomery County Community College’s Mustangs Women’s Basketball team had reason to celebrate during its Feb. 8 home game against the Harrisburg Area Community College Hawks.  From Jan. 2 through halftime Saturday, the team sold raffle tickets and collected monetary donations for its “Hoops for Hope” campaign, which raised breast cancer awareness and scholarship funds for students impacted by the disease.

The $590 benefits the Prayers and Poinsettias Scholarship Fund through the College’s Foundation. The scholarship provides critical financial aid support to students who have been affected by breast cancer.

Representatives from MCCC's Foundation join the Mustangs and HACC women's basketball teams for a check presentation at halftime on Feb. 8. Photo by Alana J. Mauger

Representatives from MCCC’s Foundation join the Mustangs and HACC women’s basketball teams for a check presentation at halftime on Feb. 8. Photo by Alana J. Mauger

“Hoops for Hope” is one of MCCC’s “50 Acts of Kindness” as part of the College’s 50th anniversary celebration. Throughout 2014, MCCC students, faculty, staff, alumni and supporters are committed organizing 50 acts of community service – one for every year of the College’s existence. To learn more at the College’s 50th anniversary activities, visit mc3.edu/50.

Prayers and Poinsettias is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization founded by MCCC alumna Mary Beatty, of Barto. The organization helps families with mothers who are battling breast cancer and cannot financially support their children’s education because of medical bills and loss of employment due to their illness. To learn more, email prayersandpoinsettias@gmail.com or search for Prayers and Poinsettias on Facebook.

Following the conference game between the MCCC and HACC, Mustangs basketball alumni joined some of the team’s current players for a friendly scrimmage during the College’s third annual Alumni Basketball Game.

Eight Mustangs basketball alumni joined current players for the third annual Alumni Basketball Game. Photo by Alana J. Mauger

Eight Mustangs basketball alumni joined current players for the third annual Alumni Basketball Game. Photo by Alana J. Mauger

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