40th Anniversary Celebration

An Update regarding the PRWS 40th Anniversary Celebration Scheduled for Saturday, September 12th

Dear Friends of PRWS:

As you know, we rescheduled our 40th Anniversary celebration initially planned for March to Saturday, September 12th in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.  The planning committee has continued to monitor local conditions and guidelines for gatherings, and brainstorm all kinds of different ways to ensure the party’s still on.  After all, we could all use some celebration and good cheer right now.

If ever there was a time for creativity and flexibility to shine, it is now!  So in September, celebrate we shall, via a live, virtual Zoom celebration!  The considerations that led us to this unanimous decision follow:

  1. Certainty!  Certainty is in rather short supply these days, yes?  By moving forward with a live, virtual event, we can focus our energies on creating the most glorious celebration this milestone deserves.  We feel that’s a much better use of our time than, say, biting our nails until September only to reschedule yet again.
  2. The safety and wellbeing of each participant: As lovely as it would be to gather in person, we acknowledge that it’s in everyone’s best to avoid large, in-person gatherings at this time.
  3. Access: A live, virtual event makes it possible for everybody who would like to join us for the festivities to do so!  The more, the merrier! Initially the number of celebrants was limited by the size of our space.  Folks from near and far who may not have otherwise been able to join us may now do so! 
  4. A beautiful meal together is still possible: Ticket holders are still able to enjoy a most magnificent dinner, dessert, and bubbly beverage in honor of the occasion.  Chef Allison Sandbeck of Wonderstate Café has planned a most splendid feast, which will be individually packaged and available for curbside pick-up on the day of the event.  This way, we may still break bread together in real-time from the comfort and safety of our homes! 


Next Steps:

For those who have already purchased ticket(s): Your ticket has been transferred to the new date automatically. We ask you, however, to select your meal choice and curbside pick-up of your meal(s).  The menu has changed due to the season and nature of the event). If you would rather arrange a refund, please contact Robin Kottke at [email protected] to do so.   

Still need to purchase a dinner ticket?   Tickets are $50 each and include a beautiful meal, beverage (sparkling wine or water), dessert—all prepared ahead of time and available for curbside pick-up at PRWS the day of event).  And a chance to win fantastic door prizes!  Advance tickets are required and available for purchase through August 22nd

Prefer to join us without the dinner option?  There is no cost to join the festivities online, however all participants must register in advance!  Once registered, we will email a Zoom invitation and password to each participant.

Spread the word to PRWS folk near and far!    Share event by forwarding this email or via Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/events/787489221733258/  Let your friends know you plan to attend, and invite them to join us!

We’re ever grateful for PRWS, especially in these times.  We look forward to an evening of gratitude and celebration with our beloved PRWS community.  Please contact Robin Kottke in the PRWS Development Office at 608-637-8504 or [email protected] with questions.


PRWS 40th Anniversary Planning Committee

Martha Karlstad, Jen Wade, Shelly Brenneman, & Robin Kottke