By Reet Taylor
CCC Journalism Program
BLACKWOOD – To raise funds for their upcoming season, Camden County College’s baseball team will host their annual banquet social/Chinese auction. The event will take place on Nov. 7 and will feature food, drinks, music and prizes for the guests in attendance. A tradition done by the baseball program for years, the upcoming banquet is a follow-up to one held in February, which brought in 125 guests and $10,000.
Funds raised helped build the foundation for a successful campaign for the Cougars. Angel Rodriguez, second-year student at the Blackwood campus and pitcher for the team, recapped their season, stating, “It went good, overall. We played our first handful of games in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Getting to see the area was nice, but we played pretty bad starting off, going 2-7, but we then erupted with a 14-game winning streak that kept us hot for the rest of the season. The season ended for us when we lost in semifinals of the playoffs.”
After experiencing what he and his teammates were capable of, he is optimistic about their chances to improve and go even further, with the right resources and support behind them. “This season is looking to be even better for us; there is still a lot of potential in this team. That’s why we really need people to come out to our fundraiser banquet. There’s no limit to what we can do together with the right kind of support behind us,” he said.
Rodriguez added he sees his squad as being very “interesting,” with many of the members coming from different locations, most players not being from Camden County, some not even being from New Jersey at all, and two members coming from Boston while another two hail from Canada. “Despite it all,” he said, “together, we have great chemistry, especially considering that without this team, most of us probably would have never met.”
Chemistry and teamwork are the heart of their fundraising event, in which the players and staff members prepare everything, from organizing the venue, to inviting the guests, and even preparing the foods and the customized prize baskets of assorted gifts to be auctioned off among attendees.
The banquet will be held from 7 to 11 p.m. Nov. 7 at the VFW hall in Berlin, N.J. Admission is $25.