Friends of Freedom Park begin construction of Phase 1 of its building refresh project at 200 Monroe St., Prescott. Photo courtesy of Israel Haas
Sunset Soirée highlights new features at Freedom Park

PRESCOTT – You’re invited to a memory- making fundraiser designed to support and celebrate Freedom Park and the Great River Road Visitor & Learning Center. The event will have an “Oktoberfest” twist to it. Serving delicious German food and Paulaner beer all while listening to authentic German music by accordionist Ron Machel.

The in-person party is from 4-8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1. It’s only $10 per person to attend. Tickets are on sale through Event. Gives/FreedomPark2022. Come on down to meet new friends and toast Freedom Park with your own personal mini-meister from Jägermeister!

“There’s so much to celebrate this year! We’re moving full speed ahead into the future, honoring our past while we chart new directions. This year, everyone who attends will experience the first event in a newly re modeled visitor center. We’re opening the space to create more opportunities for people to gather and get inspired,” said Executive Director Israel Haas. “It’s so exciting! We’re giving fresh life to the building in order to connect more people to life at the confluence." Operations and program manager Linda Schenk added, “This beautiful place is only possible because of funds acquired during the annual fundraiser. This event is vital to allowing the Friends to continue their work for the environment, the community, and for visitors coming from all across the nation.”

The online silent auction will be open for bidding from Sept. 24 through sunset (6:52 p.m.) on Oct. 1. Watch for fantastic items and unforgettable experiences up for bid—a date night in Freedom Park’s gazebo, a guided fishing trip, a personal Weber grill, a Little Free Library and more! The week-long auction will happen entirely online. Any adult with a smartphone or computer can log in and bid or flag items they are interested in trying to win. Donations can also be made via text message or on the Freedom Park website ( Watch the Great River Road Visitor & Learning Center’s Facebook page or website for announcements about items becoming available to view.

Freedom Park and the Great River Road Visitor & Learning Center have many projects and programs that can be directly supported at the Sunset Soirée. These include prairie restoration, a building refresh, garden sponsorship, and family-friendly programming, to name just a few. Gifts given outside of the event are also welcome to help fund the park. Donations of all sizes matter: $10, $50, $250 or more can help bring to life a project that matters to you. Visit www.freedomparkwi. org/donate to learn more. Friends of Freedom Park is a 501c3 non- profit dedicated to providing engaging local experiences that merge nature, culture, and community at the confluence of the Missis sippi and St. Croix rivers. We look forward to seeing you at the Soirée!

Submitted by Friends of Freedom Park

The sets on the new goat prairie garden at Freedom Park in Prescott. Photo courtesy of Israel Haas

The Great River Road Visitor & Learning Center will host the Sunset Soiree Oct. 1.Photo courtesy of Israel Haas

September 20, 2022