40th Anniversary Events

There’s No Place Like Home

Prospectus Berco was incorporated as a non-profit corporation on March 14, 1977, and in 2017 we are celebrating our 40th Anniversary.  The theme for the 40th Anniversary, There’s No Place Like Home, was selected because for many participants in our programs, Prospectus Berco has become their home.  Curiously, the traditional 40th anniversary gift is ruby, and we all know about Dorothy’s ruby slippers!

Program participants and employees proudly wear their 40th Anniversary T-shirts on March 3, 2017.

T-shirt Days

40th Anniversary T-shirts depicting this year’s theme were purchased by many of employees and program participants at the beginning of the year to celebrate this milestone.  We kicked off the celebration on January 5, 2017 when the Leadership Berks Core Class visited the agency for the day.

Visit us on the following days, and you will likely start singing Somewhere Over the Rainbow!
March 3, 2017, May 5, 2017, July 7, 2017, September 8, 2017, November 10, 2017

Victoria and Dale Derr offered a stirring and heartwarming account of how rewarding and enjoyable Victoria’s life is as she and her family focus on her accomplishments.

May 4th Open House

Approximately 60 guests attended the 40th Anniversary Open House on Thursday, May 4, 2017 held at 1800 Kutztown Road in the Event Room.  The Berks Sinfonietta represented by a string quartet provided music as guests entered.  Richard Aulenbach offered opening remarks; followed by proclamations by Monica Reyes, representative of Sen. Judy Schwank and Rep. Mark Rozzi; a presentation by Dale Derr and Victoria Derr; and closing remarks by Jody Wagner.

Dale Derr shared Victoria’s story that when she was born and diagnosed with Down syndrome, the doctor recommended institutionalization.  He and his wife, Susan, chose to bring Victoria home, and Victoria is living a full and enriching life with the blessing of her parents and the programs at Prospectus Berco.

Tours were conducted after the presentations allowing guests who never visited Prospectus Berco an opportunity to learn more about what we offer.  Our doors are always open to visitors who want to learn more about our mission.

A string quartet, members of the Berks Sinfonietta, performed as guests entered and during the presentations performed a melodic and beautiful rendition of Somewhere Over the Rainbow.

40th Anniversary Gala

The climax of our 40th Anniversary celebration will be the 40th Anniversary Gala to be held on Saturday, November 11, 2017 at the DoubleTree Reading.  A spectacular evening is planned from 6 pm to 11:00 pm.  The evening begins with an open cocktail hour followed with dinner fit for the great and powerful OZ!  Erich Cawalla’s Uptown Band will be providing the musical entertainment, and we are sure to hear a rendition of Somewhere Over the Rainbow. A photo booth will allow you and your friends a memorable souvenir of your Oz evening.   So put on those ruby slippers, join us for an enchanting evening, and be ready to enter the Emerald City.

We are also running a very special raffle for a 6 night all-inclusive trip to Cancun//Riviera de Mayo.  Courtesy of Boscov’s Travel, this trip will be at a luxurious resort and includes airfare and air taxes.  Tickets are $50 each or 3 for $100.  In addition to the trip raffle, there will be a silent auction and a wine wall for anyone who wants to take their chances and support Prospectus Berco.

A huge shout out to our sponsors who make this event possible:
Ruby Major Sponsor – East Penn Manufacturing
Emerald City Sponsors – Capital Blue Cross & Reading Eagle Company
Over the Rainbow Sponsors – Esterbrook Pharmacy, RKL Wealth Management, Dave Greif and Pat Cinfici
Yellow Brick Road Sponsor – Alternative Benefit Systems
Cocktail Hour Sponsor – DoubleTree Hotel Reading

For more information on the gala or sponsorship opportunities, please contact Susan Stalnecker, Director of Development, at 610.372.4637, x 103.