Share the Sweetness:
Community College of Philadelphia Recognizes the Hershey Company for a Gift That Helps Students and Elevates Industry
Philadelphia, Oct. 16, 2012 — Community College of Philadelphia has scored a sweet gift from an icon of American industry, The Hershey Company, to help provide professional-grade kitchens and an eco-friendly facility for culinary arts and hospitality students.
On Oct. 23, the College will host a reception recognizing The Hershey Company, of Hershey, Pa., for a $250,000 gift to its comprehensive fundraising campaign. The invitation-only reception starts at 4:00 p.m.
Community College of Philadelphia President Stephen M. Curtis, Ph.D., will unveil signage marking the gift and the new name of the College’s culinary arts facility: the Hershey’s Center for Culinary Arts. The Share the Sweetness festivities will unfold on the second floor of the Pavilion Building, a geometric-shaped facility that houses the Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management programs, and is a showcase for sustainable development. Pathways magazine, a biannual College publication that profiles innovators of industry along with high-priority careers, also will unveil its latest issue. James Nevels, chairman of The Hershey Company, is featured in the fall issue, which delves into his business success and personal philosophy of “doing well by doing good.” Nevels will be the evening’s featured speaker.
The Hershey Company and its founder, Milton S. Hershey, share the College’s longstanding commitment to educational opportunity, Dr. Curtis said. The gift will benefit generations of students and provide state-of-the art training facilities for a high-impact industry. More than 56,000 Philadelphians currently are employed in hospitality and culinary careers. Five new hotels have opened in Philadelphia in the last four years, with two more set to open this fall.
“This gift from Hershey came as we were developing funds to achieve a $1.2 million Kresge Challenge Grant,” Curtis said. “It put us over the top, enabling us to secure additional funds.”
Milton Hershey opened his first confectionery business just a few blocks from the College, on Spring Garden Street. “He was a visionary, and he worked very hard to see his dreams come true, just as our students do every day,” Dr. Curtis said. “Today, as James Nevels and others at Hershey carry Milton’s vision into the future, the Hershey’s Center for Culinary Arts will provide career opportunities for generations of students.”
“Milton Hershey cared deeply about giving back to local communities and distinguished himself by positively impacting the communities where Hershey employees lived and worked,” said James Nevels. “The Hershey Company’s support of the Community College of Philadelphia’s Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management programs is a continuation of Milton Hershey’s legacy and his belief that we can make our communities better. I think Mr. Hershey would be proud to see his company support educational opportunities for future generations.”
In fall 2011, the Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management programs moved into the Pavilion, a 45,000 square foot building on 17th Street that features several storm water collection basins, temperature control zones that reduce the need to heat or cool unoccupied rooms, and two new green roofs that help with insulation and storm water management.
The most creative sustainable solutions, however, are incorporated in the multiple kitchens built for the Culinary Arts program and the College food service operations. The exhaust hoods are designed to keep food from getting cold due to drafts moving through the room, and to greatly reduce the typical energy costs associated with managing excess heat loads. The solution, developed right here Philadelphia, has been praised widely by culinary arts instructors and professionals. In fact, the Pavilion now is a candidate for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) gold certification.
This fall, the College is scheduled to complete the final phase of an $86 million, multiyear construction and renovation of its Main Campus and Regional Centers, which was funded in part by the fundraising campaign. That effort raised more than $17 million, surpassing its $10 million goal.
About The Hershey Company
The Hershey Company (NYSE: HSY) is the largest producer of quality chocolate in North America and a global leader in chocolate and sugar confectionery. Headquartered in Hershey, Pa., The Hershey Company has operations throughout the world and approximately 14,000 employees. With revenues of more than $6 billion, Hershey offers confectionery products under more than 80 brand names, including such iconic brands as Hershey's, Reese's, Hershey's Kisses, Hershey's Bliss, Hershey's Special Dark, Kit Kat, Twizzlers, Jolly Rancher and Ice Breakers. Hershey also offers premium and artisan chocolate products under such brands as Scharffen Berger and Dagoba through the Artisan Confections Company, a wholly owned subsidiary.