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Hospitality Students’ Chocolate Houses to Be Auctioned for Charity


Students from Pennsylvania College of Technology’s School of Hospitality will showcase their talent with edible edifices when the annual Chocolate House Auction benefiting Williamsport/Lycoming Habitat for Humanity is held at the College on Dec. 5.

Bids will be accepted for the student-crafted chocolate houses in a silent auction to be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Thompson Professional Development Center at Penn College. At the conclusion, the houses will be awarded to the highest bidders.

From 1 to 2 p.m., beautiful chocolate boxes filled with truffles and candies as well as cookie trays and cakes will be sold in a “live” auction, with auctioneer Scott Younkin of Linden presiding.

All proceeds from the event will benefit Williamsport/Lycoming Habitat for Humanity. Last year’s auction raised $1,519 for the nonprofit organization, whose mission is to provide decent, affordable housing for low-income families in need.

The event is open to the public; light confections and refreshments will be served.

Students enrolled in the “Principles of Chocolate Works” course taught by Suzann L. Major, assistant professor of food and hospitality management/culinary arts, will design and make the chocolate houses that will be auctioned for the event. The students are enrolled in the Baking and Pastry Arts, Hospitality Management, and Professional Baking majors at Penn College. Their names, their hometowns and the titles for their chocolate creations are:

Julie R. Custer, Annville, “Bake Shop;” Megan Duerr, North Syracuse, N.Y., “Always a Warm Welcome;” Sharron J. Eyer, Danville, “Stony Gable/Fudge Shoppe;” Linda S. Geise, Watsontown, “The Cottage;” Meghan E. George, Williamsport, “By the Pond;” Mary E. Gunsallus, Mill Hall, “The Tree House;” Angela M. Jones, Victor, N.Y., “Hurry-Up Christmas;” Laura L. Kline, Spring Mills, “Victorian Getaway;” Amanda H. Quigley, Williamsport, “The Bird House Lounge;” Lynn Sisino, Cogan Station, “Home Sweet Home;” Lisa A. Smithgall, South Williamsport, “The Little White Cottage;” and Casey L. Wortman, Kersey, “Country Cottage.”

For more information about culinary programs at Penn College, call (570) 327-4505, send e-mail or visiton the Web.

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