>>> Allison Benner 6/14/2005 2:06:12 PM >>>


Contact: Allison Benner, College Relations Associate – Media, 610-740-3790


Allentown, PA (June 14, 2004) - Anna Leiter Hershey ’48, of Hagerstown, MD, received Cedar Crest College’s 2005 Alumnae Award at the College’s recent Reunion Weekend Celebration. Since 1970, the Alumnae Association has bestowed its highest honor on alumnae who exemplify the positive contributions that Cedar Crest graduates make through their careers, volunteer work and family life. The award is given after consideration in five categories including service to the College, professional achievement, volunteer work, humanitarianism and single exceptional achievement.

Since graduating from Cedar Crest with a bachelor’s degree in English, Hershey has remained dedicated to the College as an active alumna, having been a member of the Alumnae Executive Board and serving as a Cedar Crest College Trustee from 1999-2002. She also volunteered her time as a reunion chair, admissions representative, class president, class correspondent and class agent.

Hershey is currently Vice Chair, and former Vice President, of J.R.H. Associates, a multimillion-dollar investment corporation.

In her community of Hagerstown, Maryland, Hershey has served on the Girls’ Club Board of Directors, the Cancer Drive, the Rotary Convention for Ladies’ Night, and the City of Hagerstown Bicentennial Celebration Committee. Hershey has been active in soliciting funds for charities and personally spent numerous hours decorating rooms and visiting patients at Western Maryland Hospital as a member of the Woodland Garden Club. In the past 50 years, Hershey has served her church, Trinity Lutheran, on virtually every committee—from church council to long-range planning to hospital visitation.

A mother of four successful children, Hershey has often partnered with her husband, Jack, in his own community endeavors—from Rotary, to the Chamber of Commerce, and many other organizations.

Hershey is an ardent advocate for the education of girls and women. This is exemplified by her 20 years of volunteerism with Girls Inc., a United Way member agency in Hagerstown dedicated to helping girls between the ages of 5 to 18 avoid risky behavior through recreation, developing life skills, and instilling in them the importance of higher education. Not only has she financially supported them, but she has been actively involved in the organization, including serving as a tutor.

Combining her philanthropy with her love of athletics, she was the initial sponsor and promoter of the first all-ladies golf tournament in the Hagerstown area, bringing together women golfers from Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Virginia, the District of Columbia, and Maryland. Through her eight-year involvement with this event, substantial funds were set aside to further the education of the young women of Girls Inc.

In 1998, Hershey helped organize the Girls Inc. Endowment Fund, serving as its president until recently. She was the driving force behind the establishment of Women for Women, an organization under Girls Inc. that helps underprivileged girls and provides them with financial support for schools of higher learning.

Hershey’s contributions to Girls Inc. were recognized by her community in December 2004 at the grand opening celebration of that organization’s $1 million-plus Anna Leiter Hershey Gymnasium. She was honored for her 20 years of dedicated service of time, talent, energy, and financial support at the committee-board-president’s level.



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