June 3, 2004
Food service industry leaders, Benjamin Olewine III and daughter Kristen Olewine Milke, were the second recipients of the 2004 Harrisburg Area Community College (HACC) Foundation Benefactor Award. The HACC Foundation awarded father and daughter the award in honor of their generous support and service, and advancing the students and programs at HACC for more than 15 years.

The pair was chosen as a tribute to the family's lifetime of service as leaders in the food service industry. The Olewines established the Olewine Culinary Arts Endowment at HACC that enable students to become skilled professionals in the food service industry. The Benjamin Olewine III Center for the Study of Culinary Arts and Food Service Management in Mumma Hall offers students preparing for a career in food service one of the best real-world settings in the region. The endowment also supports faculty enrichment/professional growth development and enables students to attend culinary art programs and conferences.

In 1997 the Olewine family created the Olewine Culinary Arts Scholarship Fund with the HACC Foundation. These monies offer financial assistance to students enrolled full-time in the culinary arts associate degree program.

Milke, chief administrator for Sysco Foods of Central PA, has helped HACC students studying culinary arts as well those in paralegal studies. In memory of her late husband and HACC co-founder, Bruce E. Cooper, Milke established the Bruce E. Cooper Esquire Paralegal Study and Research Center within HACC's McCormick Library. Additionally, Milke established the Bruce E. Cooper, Esquire Leadership Award, bestowed to a HACC student, faculty or staff member who exhibits leadership and promotes the betterment of HACC and surrounding communities.

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