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WRC Senior Services Celebrates 130th Anniversary


2020 marks WRC Senior Services’ 130th year in business. Beginning in 1890 as a rest home for civil war veterans, as well as their widows, wives, orphans, and children, the nonprofit organization has grown and evolved over the last century to become a continuum of vibrant senior living options.

WRC Senior Services now offers all levels of care for seniors, including home care and home health, independent and residential living, personal care, skilled nursing, rehab, and hospice. To celebrate its 130th anniversary, WRC is planning 130 events throughout the year to take place at across its locations. Activities will include a wellness education series, 130th birthday party, visiting civil war and Woman’s Relief Crops historian, and picnics, carnivals, and holiday-themed gatherings.

WRC’s Cork & Fork wine walk fundraiser will return on August 15 at Laurelbrooke Landing in Brookville. WRC is going back to its 1890 roots, and will also be recreating the original fundraiser started by the nonprofit – a “conundrum supper” gala in late fall/early winter. A “conundrum supper” is a dinner where each menu item is presented in the form of a riddle. WRC plans to create a modern take on the conundrum suppers held in the 1890s, serving up deliciously mysterious small plates named after riddles and puns.

An additional culinary revival from WRC’s past will take place in 2020—the production of a cookbook. WRC is asking community members to submit their favorite family recipes to the cookbook. Old recipes and photos are particularly encouraged, so that they can be updated from 1890 to 2020, just like WRC history.

Cookbooks will be available for preorder in early 2020, and available for sale in fall of 2020. Those interested in submitting recipes and/or photos should send them via email to info@wrc.org or call (814) 220-2142.

This article was published in the Venango Chamber’s January 2020 VenangoWorks! Newsletter.