Christmas Cookie Tour of Inns proceeds distributed

| February 4, 2013

BERLIN – At its Jan. 16, Innkeeper Roundtable, the Amish Country Lodging Council presented the proceeds from the Christmas Cookie Tour of Inns to charity representatives, Mark and Dorothy Rohrer of the Love Center Food Pantry and Dr. D.J. McFadden and Marion Crane, of Hospice of Holmes and Wayne Counties, checks totaling more than $9,600 to each organization. 

“We have reached a milestone,” said Cookie Tour Chairperson Loretta Coblentz.  “In five years of hosting the Christmas Cookie Tour of Inns we have donated more than $50,000 to charity.” 

Twelve inns of Amish Country presented the ultimate chocolate extravaganza as they celebrated five years of Christmas confections during the Dreaming of a Chocolate Christmas on Sunday and Monday, Dec. 2-3, 2012. 1,400 visitors from across Ohio and adjoining states enjoyed delectable sweet chocolate treats as they toured through chocolate themed inns.  On their self-guided tour, guests received a specialty chocolate cookie at each inn. The delectable delights included a Triple Chocolate Chunk Pecan Cookie, Caramel Filled Chocolate Cookie, and Santa’s Chocolaty-Chocolate-Chip Cookie. 

Expressing appreciation for the donation to the Love Center, Mark Rohrer stated, “We have been blessed for the last eleven years to be able to serve the families of Holmes County. In that time we have been amazed at how the Good Lord takes care of the needs of the ministry. We are so thankful to you for your continued support and encouragement.  Thank you for your willingness to work with us to continue to touch the lives of the people in our community.”

Hospice representative, Dr. McFadden stated, “We deeply appreciate the support that you again have given us this year.  It is great to live and work in a place where businesses concentrate not just on earning a profit but seek to work together to benefit the local community. This project deeply blesses the residents of Holmes County and we are thankful for all you do.”

The Amish Country Lodging Council, operating under the auspices of the Holmes County Chamber of Commerce is dedicated to excellence in hospitality and “embraces the concept of giving back to the community,” stated Coblentz.  “Christmas is about love and sharing.  Chocolate and cookies are a delicious vehicle to deliver that love. It is our mission to showcase our lovely inns, while at the same time bless our wonderful charity partners who provide care at a time when it is most desperately needed.”

The 2013 inn-to-inn tour will be held on Sunday, December 8 and Monday, Dec. 9, 2013. Tour information will be available at,, or by calling the Holmes County Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Bureau at 330-674-3975.

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