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Arkansas PMMA annual ball drop tradition continued, exceeds goal 2020

Despite the pandemic and the cancellation of one of the community’s biggest fundraisers, Arkansas City Presbyterian Manor hosted its annual Karl Faidley Memorial Golf Ball Drop on August 20 in a safe — and successful — way.

“Cancelling our annual Dick Metz Memorial Golf Tournament was heartbreaking because we expected an overall loss of $20,000 in funds that would all go towards the care of our residents as part of our Good Samaritan Program. But COVID didn’t keep us from hosting our annual Karl Faidley Memorial Golf Ball Drop in a way that safely adhered to social distancing standards with the help of Evergy. We were excited to exceed our goal and sold over 400 golf balls,” said Sarah Griggs, executive director of the Arkansas City Presbyterian Manor.

The 2020 event dropped 453 golf balls, secured 33 sponsors and raised over $12,800. Five prizes were given out at Thursday’s event: 1st place and $500 went to Carol Mackey; 2nd place and $300 went to Sally Faidley; 3rd place and $200 went to Wilda Buffo; 4th place and $100 went to Joan Goff; 5th place and $100 went to Margaret Wahlborg.

“We couldn’t be happier with the turnout of last week’s event, especially during a pandemic, and are so grateful for the continued support of our sponsors, families, residents and the Arkansas City community,” said Griggs.

The Karl Faidley Memorial Golf Ball Drop is a tribute to resident Dorothy Faidley’s husband, who was a longtime supporter of Presbyterian Manor and volunteer for the annual golf classic. Dorothy, pictured above with Sarah Griggs, attends the event each year to recognize her husband’s strong connection with the Presbyterian Manor’s mission.

Watch a slide show from the big day.

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