The Cornerstone Campaign

 Inspiring women, strengthening families, enriching culture

The mission of Petawa Cultural Center is to equip women and girls in the Midwest to live a Christian vocation and transform culture by carrying out their feminine identity in their personal, spiritual, and professional lives. 

Why Petawa?

Our culture today is reeling from the effects of radicalized feminism, the breakdown of the family, and erroneous gender ideology. Amidst the noise of such brokenness, it is incredibly difficult for girls and women to recognize their God-given dignity as women, made in His image. Empowering women to sanctify all areas of their life using their talents and energies  benefit families, communities, and with it—all of civil society. There is a serious need to recapture and re-engage their true identity. If women can engage their feminine holiness, living it out in their personal, spiritual, and professional lives, they can positively transform the culture.

 

Since 1959 Petawa Cultural Center has empowered girls and women to do just that. But today the original Petawa building is outdated and overflowing. To even come close to meeting demand for programs, we need to rent additional spaces. The center is not ADA accessible, it has little to no updated technology, the chapel is not large enough for most groups, there is not sufficient study or library space, there is little parking, and the list goes on. Petawa has worked for years to equip women and girls to live a Christian vocation, improve civil society, and transform culture, yet now we are turning away impactful program opportunities at a time when we need it the most!

Inside Scoop

To meet demand for the programs and formation we offer, Petawa is building a larger, centrally located campus in Brookfield, WI. 

The new cultural center will accommodate the growing programs and outreach for elementary to high school girls, college women, and women of all ages and professions who benefit from our mission-based programming and activities. 

The 15,000 square-foot center will be large enough to house our current programs and to accommodate future growth. The Brookfield location is easily accessible to families and communities in Appleton, Green Bay, La Crosse, Sheboygan, Madison, and beyond. 

Some highlights of the new Petawa Cultural Center: 

  • Chapel to accommodate 45 women for spiritual programs and private prayer 

  • Modern, well-lit seminar, study and library spaces 

  • Child friendly facilities for mothers and grandmothers 

  • Technology facilitating learning, and communication for a variety of activities 

  • Kitchen and hospitality space suited for teaching home arts 

  • Handicapped accessible space for all, including an elevator 

  • On-site parking for 25 

 

As an established and trusted community fixture, Petawa is well-qualified to carry out our mission, and with current demand we are confident the new center will be bustling with fruitful formative activity the moment the doors are open in 2022.

Our new center will allow us to: 

  • Grow programming including the professional women’s speaker series, culinary and hospitality education, International Federation for Family Development (IFFD) family enrichment program, bioethics and human sexuality courses, spiritual activities,, including the sacraments and spiritual direction in larger oratory, and more. 

  • Expand the sacraments offered and received, thanks to a much larger chapel 

  • Introduce new mother’s retreats, studies, and girls club facilities 

  • Increase program offerings for college-age women 

  • Grow leadership development programming with a focus on the responsibility of women as trustees of humanity for our family, community and our culture 

 

In these ways and more, Petawa will equip women and girls in the Midwest to live a Christian vocation and transform culture by carrying out the feminine identity in their personal, spiritual, and professional lives. 

 The Cornerstone Campaign Summary

 Budget 2021-2022

 Rev 2/1/21 

Total Project Cost

$8,038,644

 Land

 $450,000 

 Construction: 15,000 sf Center 

 $5,865,000

 Furnishings 

 $650,000

 Soft Costs (architect, fees)

 $1,035,000

Total Gifts Received (including pledges)

 $4,359,660

Total Need 

 $3,678,984

 New Center Facility 

Build and furnish a centrally located Petawa Cultural Center

Invests $7M in the new facility with program space, chapel facility, parking 

$7,000,000

Invest in new chapel for prayer and reflection

Furnishes a dignified and inviting oratory space to house Our Lord and for private prayer and the Sacraments 

 $450,000

Build education and mentoring space for girls and women of all ages 

Installs flooring and furnishing of program spaces for spiritual, cultural, professional and service programming 

 $300,000

Equip and furnish culinary and hospitality learning space 

Builds a teaching kitchen and program space for classes and service to program attendees 

 $250,000

 Program Growth 

Educate and inspire women to develop their feminine identity 

Provides operational funding for formational activities to reach Green Bay and Madison and beyond 

 $100,000 

Activate and coach young women leaders for family and society 

Invests in mentoring for 300 girls, leadership development for 40 young women, and operations support for Venture Leadership Program and Camp Tuck 

 $200,000 

Fuel programs for women and girls to grow as trustees of humanity 

 Provides salary for program director of women and girls programs 

  $200,000 

Our effort to raise funds for a new center was started with generous, foundational gifts given by you, our stakeholders. Our efforts now focus on completing the project with the Cornerstone Campaign 2021. The foundation to any building is important, giving it a start and rm footing. The cornerstone, however, represents the work and the sacrifices made to bring the project to fruition. Cornerstone Campaign 2021 is our latest push to complete the new center in Brook eld so we can continue to work.

 

2020 was certainly a trying year, but at Petawa Cultural Center, we embrace challenges with optimism. Covid delayed the start of our construction in significant ways. The city of Brookfield was unable to issue several key permits which would have allowed us to break ground. In addition, a major road project on North Avenue further complicated our construction plans. Since we could not enclose the building by winter, it was determined that we would have to delay the start of the project until Spring 2021. We are currently pursuing major fundraising opportunities and count on your prayers. 

 

Patrick Dillett and his team demolished the two homes on the property in the spring and summer of 2020, clearing the land of over 20 trees and doing everything necessary for the eventual building project. Heavy earth moving equipment was donated by a friend, saving thousands of dollars to the bottom line. You may notice the neighbors to the east building on their property- not to be confused with our project! We are incredibly grateful to supporters like the Dillett family who have given their time, talent and treasure to the Cornerstone Campaign.

Cornerstone Campaign Updates

Petawa Residence & Cultural Center, Inc.

1331 N Astor St

Milwaukee, WI 53202

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