40th Anniversary Events


This has been a spectacular year for Prospectus Berco as 2017 marked our 40th Anniversary.  On March 14, 1977, we were incorporated as a non-profit corporation.  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!

We are Prospectus Berco PROUD /40 years

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

As we continued on our 40th Anniversary journey down the Yellow Brick Road, the theme “There’s No Place Like Home” was highlighted on April 23, 2017, during our 25th Annual

From left to right: Victoria Derr, Jennifer Loftus, Dennis Eck, and Melissa DiBiase are dancing up a storm at the Annual Awards Dinner.

Awards Banquet. The classic film, The Wizard of Oz, influenced the day’s events from the very beginning as guests were directed by a cascading rainbow of crepe.  Costumed characters from Oz posed with guests for pictures, and centerpieces with poppies and hot air balloons filled the room.


Dale Derr sharing Victoria’s story

On Thursday, May 4, 2017, approximately 60 guests attended the 40th Anniversary Open House held at 1800 Kutztown Road.  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, family, 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.


Thank you to Pete Rowley, board member, who served as Master of Ceremonies and kept the evening flowing.

The climax of our 40th Anniversary celebration was the 40th Anniversary Gala held on Saturday, November 11, 2017 at the DoubleTree Reading.  A magical evening started at 6 p.m. with an open cocktail hour followed by dinner fit for the great and powerful OZ!  The Master of Ceremonies, Peter Rowley, kept the evening moving along, as Richard Aulenbach, Board President; and Jody Wagner, CEO welcomed our gala guests.  Erich Cawalla’s Uptown Band entertained the guests, and the dance floor quickly filled up to take advantage of listening and dancing to one of the best bands in Berks County.  A silent auction with 24 packages was conducted throughout the evening with a variety of treasures to bid upon.  The photo booth with the Emerald City in the background was a huge hit as guests hammed it up for a memorable souvenir of your Oz evening

The photo booth was a big hit as guests hammed it up for the camera. The Wizard of Oz scenery in the background of the photos showed off our theme.

Winners of the 6 night all-inclusive trip to Mexico’s Riviera Maya n the fine-sand beach of Playa Paraíso were Tom and Linda Unrath.   Courtesy of Boscov’s Travel & Apple Vacations, this trip will be at the all-inclusive, five-star resort of Iberostar Paraíso Lindo and includes airfare and air taxes.  Thank you to everyone who took a chance and congratulations to our winners!

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, RKL Wealth Management, Tompkins Insurance/Tompkins VIST Bank
Over the Rainbow Sponsors – Pat Cinfici, Esterbrook Pharmacy, Dave Greif, Raymour & Flanigan, and RPA Engineering
Yellow Brick Road Sponsor – Alternative Benefit Systems, Philadelphia Insurance Companies, Redner’s Warehouse Markets, Specialty Rigging Co., and Wert Investment Consulting
Cocktail Hour Sponsor – DoubleTree Hotel Reading

These lovely ladies greeted our guests and welcomed them to our 40th Anniversary Gala. Dorothy even showed up!