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In celebration of its centennial year, Winneshiek Medical Center is hosting a Grand Picnic on the Green Thursday, May 1 from 4-7 pm on the WMC campus.  The picnic planning committee is pictured (l-r): Elly Lensch, Renee Olson, Max Klotzbach, Dawn Blocker, Mary Lou Hackman, and Joetta Redlin.  Not pictured: Frank Riha, Pat Carey and Jean Irvin.
In celebration of its centennial year, Winneshiek Medical Center is hosting a Grand Picnic on the Green Thursday, May 1 from 4-7 pm on the WMC campus. The picnic planning committee is pictured (l-r): Elly Lensch, Renee Olson, Max Klotzbach, Dawn Blocker, Mary Lou Hackman, and Joetta Redlin. Not pictured: Frank Riha, Pat Carey and Jean Irvin.
Winneshiek Medical Center invites the community to a Grand Picnic on the Green in celebration of its centennial year, Thursday, May 1, from 4-7 p.m. 
The picnic, held on the WMC campus is WMC’s way of saying thank you to the community for 100 years of support.
WMC will provide a free BBQ pork sandwich (catered by U-2 Catering), chips and a beverage, Moo-mobile shakes will be available for $1, and the Lion’s Club will provide free popcorn. Entertainment for the entire family includes: trolley rides by Decorah Trolley Company, face-painting by the Fort Atkinson 4-H club, music by local band Homeward Bound, magic shows by Bruce Wulfsberg, M.D., historical displays, caricature drawings by Maxxx Madcap, and the WMC ambulance and a medical helicopter on display. 
Additionally, Red Wing Pottery commemorating WMC’s Centennial year will be for sale. Three different (numbered) pieces are available: Mini-crock (quarter-pint size) - $12; Beater jar (quart size) - $25; and Pitcher (30 ounce size) - $35. Proceeds from crockery sales fund Centennial events. The WMC Auxiliary will also be selling their cookbooks for $5 each.
“The Grand Picnic on the Green is a way for the entire community to celebrate WMC and the rich heritage of our community medical center. From when the hospital first opened its doors in 1914 to today – we are committed to this region and serving the people who live here,” said Gretchen Dahlen, chief administrative officer, Winneshiek Medical Center. 
Throughout 2014, Winneshiek Medical Center has been celebrating its anniversary year with events to honor their founders, celebrate the changes and growth over the past 100 years, and look to the future of local health care. 
“We hope people from all area communities join us for the picnic,” said Joetta Redlin, chair of the picnic planning committee. 
“It is a fun way for families to usher in springtime while celebrating the hospital’s heritage – a history that everyone in our county shares and benefits from.”
The public is encouraged to attend WMC’s Grand Picnic on the Green and no RSVP is necessary. Convenient parking will be available, with regular trolley rides running from the lots to the event site, which includes a tent and tables for the meal, entertainment in the courtyard, and historical displays in the indoor conference rooms.
Fans of Winneshiek Medical Center’s Facebook page enjoy frequent posts on historical stories and Centennial events: facebook.com/WinneshiekMedicalCenter. Information on the WMC Centennial is also available at winmedical.org/centennial. 
For additional information on the Grand Picnic on the Green or other WMC centennial activities, call the WMC Community Relations department at 563-382-2911 or email communityrelations@winmedical.org.