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Published 10/13/2005

Owens Students Raise Funds to Aid Hurricane Victims Through Nationwide Dine for America Initiative

Owens students (L to R) Celena Blair of Toledo, a hospitality management major, and Amy McGrain of Findlay, a food service management major, prepare lunch as part of the nationwide Dine for America initiative. Haunted by images of destruction caused from Hurricane Katrina and Rita, Owens Community College students within Hotel, Restaurant, Institution Technologies took the initiative of using their cooking and dining room management talents to help raise funds for disaster victims by participating in a nationwide Dine for America benefit.

In conjunction with Dine for America, the College's Hotel, Restaurant, Institution Technologies students hosted their very own benefit luncheon within the Terrace View Café and donated all the event's proceeds directly to the American Red Cross for hurricane disaster relief. Funds generated from the event totaled $265.

"It feels great to make use of your talents to help those who are in need," explained Celena Blair, an Owens hospitality management student. "It's hard to imagine what these individuals are going through. Hopefully, these and other funds raised from Dine for America will go a long way in making a difference in their lives."

Owens was one of more than 15,000 restaurants across the country to participate in Dine for America, which was coordinated through the National Restaurant Association. One hundred percent all proceeds raised throughout the day went toward helping the survivors, victims, their families and the other needs arising out of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

The masterful cuisine prepared by Owens students from the advanced foods, quantity foods and introductory to baking classes included a herb focaccia encrusted breast of chicken, saffron infused rice pilaf, sautéed snap peas and pana cotta. The lunch was then served by students from the dining room and beverage management course.

The Owens students participating in Dine for America are each pursuing either an associate degree or certificate through the College's Hotel, Restaurant, Institution Technologies program.

Owens Community College is one of the fastest-growing higher educational institutions in Ohio. On the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses, Owens serves more than 45,000 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 130 program areas in Agriculture, Business, Fine and Performing Arts, Health, Public Service, Skilled Trades, and Industrial and Engineering Technologies. Owens students also can earn the first two years of a bachelor's degree with a smooth transfer to any area four-year college or university.



 

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