RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Several members of the Felician University Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) recently offered their muscles and their hearts to assist the Tomorrow's Children's Fund (TCF) with its annual tricky tray fundraiser.
The Sixth Annual TCF "Have A Heart" Tricky Tray was held on Thursday, April 7, at Westmount Country Club in Woodland Park. TCF was founded by a group of committed parents to help their children and others like them with cancer and serious blood disorders, and the Tricky Tray is one of many events it holds throughout the year to raise money to support its mission.
The role for the Felician student-athletes began at 8:15 a.m. that day, when they departed their Rutherford campus en route to the TCF offices at Hackensack University Medical Center in Hackensack. There, they loaded a van with more than 425 gift baskets, which would serve as the raffle prizes for the Tricky Tray.
Upon arrival at Westmount, the SAAC members unloaded the van and set up the prizes.
"It's a really good feeling to get out and give back to our community," said Felician sophomore Kristen Keller (Reading, Pa./Schuylkill Valley) of the women's volleyball and bowling teams. "This is by far my favorite thing that we do in SAAC because of what it means to the kids. It's also a lot of fun for all of us to get closer as athletes from different sports by working the event."
2016 marks the fifth consecutive year that Felician athletics has assisted with the TCF Tricky Tray.
"This is an event that we look forward to and enjoy every year," said Felician SAAC staff advisor Ivan Lewis, the Golden Falcons' head men's basketball coach. "There is no hesitation among our members to sign up and show up. They work hard and get the job done because they enjoy helping the foundation."
According to Sue Garbe, administrative director of TCF, the feeling is mutual.
"Once the Felician students show up every year, we just know it's going to be a good day," Garbe said. "They are our muscle, and they stay and help until there's no more help for them to give. They made sure every basket was color coded and arranged in the proper order. Ivan has always been such a supporter of this event, and we can't thank him and Felician enough."
Members of the 2015-16 Felician Student-Athlete Advisory Committee can be viewed at www.felicianathletics.com/information/SAAC/membership.