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Milton Hershey: The Philanthropist

David Jeansonne offers an overview on Milton Hershey.

· David Jeansonne,Community,Giving Back

Many know Milton Hershey’s legacy for his chocolate candies and beloved theme park. Few know him for one of his greatest achievements of all. Above anything else, Milton Hershey was one of the greatest philanthropists of our time. During his huge success as a businessman, his inspiring charitable giving became legend.

Hershey’s Model Town

Milton Hershey was unlike like any industrialist of his time. Due to Hershey’s huge success, he was able to provide his staff and workers with a model town with comfortable homes, and an inexpensive public transportation system, a quality public school system with many recreational and cultural opportunities. This was far different from the model towns other industrialists built. He aimed to build the perfect home for his employees and their families.

After the large business success of his company also allowed him and his wife Catherine established a school for orphan boys that today is known as the Milton Hershey School. Following the death of his wife, Hershey endowed the school with his entire fortune of Hershey Chocolate Company stock. Hershey knew that he was successful man and used his extensive wealth to help others less fortunate.


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