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Owens Community College Students Construct Gingerbread Houses to Benefit Local Charity
Eleven Owens Community College students recently put their architectural and construction skills to the test, building gingerbread houses for competition in the 7th Annual Gingerbread Family Festival. The event was held at the Erie Street Market in Toledo.
Sponsored by the Family and Child Abuse Prevention Center, the Gingerbread Family Festival consisted of a wide range of contestants, which included professional chefs and bakers, amateur cooks and children as young as age 12.
The dozens of edible creations incorporated gingerbread pieces for walls and rooftops, joined together by icing. Each house then was decorated with candies, cookies, sugar cubes, chewing gum and pretzels.
Following the competition, gingerbread entries were auctioned at a fundraiser to benefit child abuse and domestic programs for the Family and Child Abuse Prevention Center. Approximately $30,000 was raised during this yearís event.
"I am very proud of our culinary arts students and their decision to be a part of an event where the proceeds benefit such worthy cause," said Dolores Dobelbower, Owens Assistant Professor of Hospitality Management.
The eleven Owens students participating in the Gingerbread Family Festival are each pursuing either an associateís degree or certificate through the Collegeís Hotel, Restaurant, Institution Technologies Program.
Gingerbread contestants from Owens were Harry Proestos of Toledo, Danielle Wagner of Oregon, Lyndsay Slee of Perrysburg, George Mathers of Toledo, Darryl Russell of Toledo, Greg Baumgartner of Fremont, Elizabeth Raugh of Oak Harbor, Natalie Ramirez of Perrysburg, Magaly Vasquez of Sylvania, Kojiro Ishihara of Toledo, Wempy Suhartono of Perrysburg and Cody Carroll of Van Wert.
Owens Community College is the fastest-growing higher educational institution in Northwest Ohio with 23 consecutive semesters of enrollment increases. On the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses, Owens serves more than 38,000 credit and non-credit students making it the number one choice for new college students. Owens is committed to providing small classes, personal attention and unmatched affordability. Owens Community College offers over 140 program areas in Agriculture, Business, Health, Public Service, Skilled Trades, Industrial and Engineering Technologies. Owens students also can earn the first two years of a bachelorís degree with a smooth transfer to any area four-year college or university.