New Building Dedication

ONE “HAIL” OF A BUILDING DEDICATION

Thursday, May 22, 2014, was a thrilling day for Prospectus Berco in anticipation of the Donor’s Building Dedication Ceremony for our day program at 1800 Kutztown Road. The day was complete with fine food and beverages, entertainment, good company, and featured speakers for the evening. Mother Nature, however, decided all of Berks County needed more excitement.

A terrific hailstorm rained on our “parade,” and unfortunately, a number of invited guests were unable to make the festivities due to damaged vehicles, homes, and congested roadways. In spite of these difficulties, we held the dedication, and those who could make the ceremony were witness to Prospectus Berco’s expansion of the Adult Training Program and their commitment to provide quality services.

What an exhilarating moment as the ribbon for the new building at 1800 Kutztown Road is cut in recognition of this accomplishment.  Left to right:  Steve Bobick, President of Prospectus Berco’s Board of Directors; Albert Boscov, CEO of Boscov’s Dept. Stores and featured guest speaker; Carroll and G. Brad Scribner, Honorary Matching Fund Challenge Campaign co-chairs; Jody Wagner, CEO of Prospectus Berco; and Susan Stalnecker, Director of Development at Prospectus Berco.

What an exhilarating moment as the ribbon for the new building at 1800 Kutztown Road is cut in recognition of this accomplishment. Left to right: Steve Bobick, President of Prospectus Berco’s Board of Directors; Albert Boscov, CEO of Boscov’s Dept. Stores and featured guest speaker; Carroll and G. Brad Scribner, Honorary Matching Fund Challenge Campaign co-chairs; Jody Wagner, CEO of Prospectus Berco; and Susan Stalnecker, Director of Development at Prospectus Berco.

We were delighted with the catering of Celebrated Occasions; entertained by pianist, Franklin Nichols; and honored to host guest speaker, Albert Boscov.

With an Open House in October, we kicked off the Matching Fund Challenge Campaign with a pledge from G. Brad and Carroll Scribner. They promised to donate up to $125,000 if we could match that amount for a total of $250,000. These funds would be used for the new building toward the purchase of furnishings, adaptive equipment, and facility enhancements guaranteeing the comfort and safety of the program participants.

Jack Gulati, left, and Brad and Carroll Scribner receive a warm welcome at the Building Dedication in recognition of their major donations toward the Matching Fund Challenge Campaign.

Jack Gulati, left, and Brad and Carroll Scribner receive a warm welcome at the Building Dedication in recognition of their major donations toward the Matching Fund Challenge Campaign.

 

Brad’s leadership and determination brought in new friends in support of Prospectus Berco. The committee members reached out to their associates and friends for assistance. And our faithful donors did not let us down as they listened to our needs and responded. We are proud to announce that the Matching Fund Challenge Campaign has raised over $285,000.

We are even more proud of the building at 1800 Kutztown Road. If you have not had an opportunity to visit, please contact us for a tour. The 3,000 square foot event room and the four additional Adult Training classrooms will enhance the services and programs which we can provide.

Our theme for the Building Dedication Ceremony mirrored the theme for the Annual Awards Dinner – “Here We Grow Again!”

Left:  Peter Cummings, Adult Training Director at Kutztown Road, gives a tour to invited guests for the Building Dedication.  Major donors, such as Karen and David Bensinger (to Peter’s immediate right), and Rosemary and Jack Gulati, far right, were critical in the success of the campaign.

Left: Peter Cummings, Adult Training Director at Kutztown Road, gives a tour to invited guests for the Building Dedication. Major donors, such as Karen and David Bensinger (to Peter’s immediate right), and Rosemary and Jack Gulati, far right, were critical in the success of the campaign.

Prospectus Berco will continue to meet the needs of the adults with intellectual disabilities in our community as we strive to provide each adult with a meaningful life full of dignity and respect.

Please note: Our main headquarters and office location are still located at 840 William Lane. The building at 1800 Kutztown Road is an addition to our main headquarters and houses the event room, four adult training classrooms, and the offices for this Adult Training Program expansion.

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