Portage la Prairie is preparing for its fourth Table for 600 event, a tradition supporting Central Plains Cancer Services (CPCS). Executive Director for CPCS Sharilyn Knox and Pam Tarr recently shared insights about this anticipated gathering.

Originating in 2018, the event has grown in popularity, drawing this year's attendees to Diamond 9 at Republic Park, fondly known as the "Field of Hope." Pam Tarr fondly recalled the event's magical beginnings on the old bridge to Island Park.

"It's hard to beat the first year on the bridge," Tarr expresses. "We had a beautiful sunset.  That was a good event. They've all been really good events. It's just nice to see so many people out."

Behind the scenes, a dedicated team ensures smooth operations, with support from volunteers, city staff, and cleanup by Big Brothers Big Sisters. Merv’s Pitchfork will bring a menu featuring steak, potato wedges, and more.

While weather can be unpredictable, the organizers remain optimistic, with Stride Place on standby if needed. 

Both Knox and Tarr invite newcomers to experience the event firsthand, promising an evening of camaraderie and support. 

"We're just very excited for the event," Knox shares. "If you've never been and you want to give it a go, this is the year, come on out. It's fun, and it supports a wonderful organization. Cancer touches a lot of families in our area. This is one of our major fundraisers."

Table for 600 is set for June 7.