Contact: Michael Traupman, Director of College
Abigail Fota, College Relations Associate - Media
Harold Keen Presents $600,000 Gift in Honor of
Late Wife's 60th Reunion During Luncheon Tomorrow,
Berta and Harold Keen Multi-Media Classroom to Be Established in
New College Building on Campus
Allentown, PA (May 20, 2004) - Carlisle businessman Harold Keen has made a gift of $600,000 to Cedar Crest College to establish the Berta and Harold Keen Multi-media Classroom in the new Harold and Miriam Oberkotter Center for Health and Wellness and will present the College with the gift during a luncheon celebrating his late wife's 60th reunion tomorrow, May 21 at Noon in the Harmon Hall of Peace, Miller Family Building.
"It is exciting to know that hundreds of students each year interested in careers in health and wellness will benefit from Harold Keen's gift," says Dr. Dorothy Gulbenkian Blaney, president of Cedar Crest College. "This new state-of-the-art classroom will offer a magnificent learning environment. I am delighted and most grateful that Harold Keen has decided to honor his wife's 60th reunion in this way." The Harold and Miriam Oberkotter Center for Health and Wellness is currently under construction on campus.
Keen was inspired to give the money for the new facility after his wife's battle with Parkinson's disease. The 100-seat, Berta and Harold Keen Multi-media Classroom is the centerpiece of the Oberkotter Center for Health and Wellness - a facility that is designed to support the tremendous growth in the health sciences. It is also an important piece in the College's Health Connection program - an initiative designed to create a culture of health and wellness on the Cedar Crest campus and beyond.
Berta Keen graduated from Cedar Crest with a degree in Business Education after serving as class president. She was a lifetime member of the College's Alumnae Association until she passed away in October.
The Keen's have established a long tradition of community service and philanthropic activities. The Keens received the Alexis de Tocqueville Humanitarian Award from the United Way of Carlisle and Cumberland County in 2002. Over the years, the Keens have awarded more than 35 scholarships to students seeking higher education.
For more information, please contact the College Relations Office at 610-740-3790.
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College Relations Associate - Media