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Rose Cologne Volunteer Dinner


The Rose Cologne Dinner will be Thursday, April 27, 2023 at the Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center. The doors will open at 5:45 PM with a cash bar, and a buffet dinner will begin at 6:30 PM.

Rose Cologne Volunteer Recognition has been held annually to pay tribute to volunteers who give of their time and talents to further the mission and vision of CCCHS' member agencies.

Named in honor of Dr. Rose Cologne, a mentor and role model for many in the human services field, the dinner pays tribute to those volunteers who work to further the mission of CCCHS member agencies and the community at large.

Learn About Sponsorships - The Deadline is April 19!

We are excited to have nearly 200 people attending our Rose Cologne Volunteer Recognition Dinner on April 27 at The Penn Stater.

Now that are tributes and reservations are in, we’re looking for community sponsors to help cover the cost of the dinner for our 27 honored volunteers!

We hope you will consider sponsoring this important event and help us recognize our county’s volunteers. Please view our sponsorship letter and sponsorship form on our website and reach out the committee with any questions.

To take advantage of all perks, please have your commitment to us by April 19!

Honor a Volunteer - The Deadline Has Passed

Each member agency is invited to nominate one volunteer to be honored for Rose Cologne Volunteer Recognition. The volunteer will be recognized in the Centre Daily Times in the Saturday, April 15, 2023 edition and have the choice of being recognized in-person at the Rose Cologne Dinner on Thursday, April 27, 2023 at The Penn Stater. 

Your membership dues must be paid in full in order to nominate a volunteer. Contact Jennifer Eisenhuth at if you are unsure of your organization’s status. Nominations are due by Friday, March 31.

In-Person Recognition - The Deadline to Reserve a Seat Has Passed

We would like to personally present each volunteer with a certificate and have their tribute read at the Rose Cologne Dinner on Thursday, April 27, 2023 at The Penn Stater Hotel & Conference Center.

Email a one-page tribute for your volunteer to by Friday, March 31. The tribute will be read at The Dinner. Your volunteer will also receive a copy of the tribute. Please email the tribute on your agency’s letterhead, or it will be printed on CCCHS’s letterhead. Please limit your tribute to 200 words. Longer tributes will be condensed. (Please note: We are unable to accommodate video or musical tributes.)

Date and Location of In-Person Recognition

Thursday, April 27, 2023 at The Penn Stater Hotel & Conference Center

Cash Bar at 5:45 PM and Buffet Dinner at 6:30 PM

As a member benefit, the CCCHS will cover the cost of your volunteer’s meal. The cost of additional meals is $45/person. Online payment may be made. Checks made payable to “Centre County Council for Human Services” can be mailed to:  

                                      Centre County Council for Human Services

                                       PO Box 1064, State College PA, 16804-1064      


Please fill out the Dinner RSVP Form located here. RSVP's and payment are due by Friday, March 31.

Instructions for Honoring a Volunteer: All due by Friday, March 31

Questions? Please email Renae Schunk at

Bobbi Bronstein Award for Community Involvement

This award given annually at the Rose Cologne Volunteer Dinner recognizes individuals or organizations that have made a significant contribution to further the mission of the Centre County Council for Human Services in helping to provide opportunities for the betterment of the community through collaboration, networking, and the promotion of volunteerism. Learn more here.

Ann Graybill Cook Volunteer of Distinction Award

This award is given annually at the Rose Cologne Volunteer Dinner to a person who has contributed as a volunteer to the Council for Human Services. Learn more here.

History of Rose Cologne and the Volunteer Dinner

Dr. Rose Cologne was known throughout Pennsylvania and beyond for her years of pioneering leadership in adult education and to alleviate problems of the poor. Dr. Cologne was known for her sense of humor and her love of all people regardless of the mistakes they may have made.


Dr. Cologne also served with international programs in Japan and Afghanistan. Rose, as she was affectionately known, was a faculty member at Penn State in the Sociology Department from 1941 until 1968. She was a founding member of Tri-County Habitat for Humanity, which continues to honor her contribution to the organization with an education scholarship for Habitat families. Additionally, Rose was instrumental in starting the Centre County Branch of the PA Prison Society and was a regular prison visitor for many years.  The Centre County Medical Society honored Rose with the Benjamin Rush Award, for her outstanding contributions toward the promotion of public health and welfare in Centre County.

The Centre County Council of Human Services (CCCHS) believed that Rose should be recognized for her commitment and dedication to improving the lives of Centre County residents and human services. CCCHS held their first volunteer recognition dinner at the Penns Valley High School cafeteria in 1971 and honored Dr. Cologne. The volunteer dinner, which continues today, carries her name in special recognition of her many contributions to the human services, field, and the community. 

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