Union Catholic Student Movement Against Cancer Celebrates Successful Year

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SCOTCH PLAINS – Union Catholic High School’s chapter of Student Movement Against Cancer (SMAC) raised $12,500 for the Clark Relay For Life Event held in June.

In the 2010-2011 school year, over 250 SMAC student volunteers were led by Executive Board members Evan Gingrich of Westfield, Meghan Gaczynski of North Plainfield, Lisa Birritterri of Linden, Sydney Handsman of Scotch Plains, Jenna Trongone of Scotch Plains, Jimmy Weyand of North Plainfield, Dave Schanz of Edison, Kevin Hamilton of Metuchen, Michael Fuchs of Edison, Allison Allmer of Colonia, Kelli Pirozzoli of Linden, and Amanda Szyszkiewicz of Rahway.


With the support of faculty moderators Edward Thornton and Kristine Mintel, SMAC successfully organized and executed a number of fundraisers to assist in the ongoing effort to “find a cure.” Fundraising efforts included an Evening with Pampered Chef, SMAC apparel sales and a Quarter-Dip Dinner. All proceeds from this event benefit the American Cancer Society.

Union Catholic’s SMAC chapter placed second for overall money raised by a group or organization in the Relay for Life event. Over 80 participants from Union Catholic were present for the all night walk and vigil. The team was also in charge of collecting money and decorating luminaria bags at Bank Night on June 1 and creating the entertainment schedule for the night of Relay.

In addition to Relay for Life, SMAC raised $1,000 for Pediatric Cancer Research during their Cookies for Kids’ Cancer drive and $500 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society during the Pennies for Patients fundraiser.

Class of 2011 SMAC Executive Board Members (l to r) Jenna Trongone, Meghan Gaczynski, Lisa Birritterri, Sydney Handsman and Evan Gingrich. (Photo courtesy of Union Catholic High School)

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