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Presbyterian Manor recognizes donors, volunteers at event

Arkansas City Presbyterian Manor’s Mission Committee and community leadership hosted a combined donor and volunteer appreciation event September 25 at Wheat State Winery.

“The combination of the two recognitions made a lot of sense because many of the 150 individuals invited support our mission as both volunteers and donors,” said Sarah Griggs, executive director.

The evening was spent celebrating the effect that each of those individuals have on Presbyterian Manor’s mission to provide quality senior services guided by Christian values. During the past fiscal year (July 1, 2018, through June 30, 2019), 100 volunteers gave 1,000 hours of their time to the staff and residents of Presbyterian Manor. In addition, more than 300 donors gave a combined $63,000 to support our mission.

Two volunteers were recognized for their commitment to the mission and spirit of volunteerism.

Amy Powers was recognized with the Distinguished Service Award for her volunteerism working directly with the residents. Amy is unique in the sense that she is a full-time nursing and medication assistant, and in addition to the hours she works, volunteers additional time each month providing activities for our residents, making our happy hours special. (Amy is pictured at the very top, in the bottom right corner.)

Jeff Wood, current Dick Metz Memorial Golf Tournament committee co-chair, was recognized with the Distinguished Leadership Award for his volunteerism with the golf tournament committee for 12 total years and serving as the committee chair for the previous six years. For the past 25 years, the event has raised money for the Good Samaritan Program, which provides support for residents who outlive their financial resources through no fault of their own. Griggs said her campus has around 24 residents who receive support through the Good Samaritan Program. (Jeff is not pictured.)

Five individuals, families and organizations were recognized for their commitment to the mission and the spirit of giving. Bill and Judy Docking with Union State Bank; the Steiner family with Ron’s Carpet/Steiner’s Flooring; Mike and Judi Groves with Mike Groves Oil, Inc.; and the Seaton Family with The Courier Traveler were recognized with The Spirit of Giving Award for their continued support of the Dick Metz Memorial Golf Classic. Inez Tauscher, current employee, was recognized with The Spirit of Giving Award for her continued support of the Good Samaritan Program for the past 11 years through the Employee Giving Campaign.

“Thanks to you, we have the privilege of caring for seniors and their families during a vulnerable stage in life,” Griggs said. “Thank you for all you do and share with our residents and employees. Every gift makes a difference.”

To learn about opportunities to donate or volunteer, contact Director of Marketing Sean Page at 620-442-8700 or

PHOTOS: At the very top is Bill Mueller speaking into a microphone, the donor and volunteer awards displayed on a table, Bill Mueller with Sarah Griggs, Cindy Beach and Gwen Spillman seated at a table, and Amy Powers posing with Sarah Griggs while holding her award.

In the top photo are Lori Peters, Cammy Boone and Margaret Wahlborg. The next photo includes Wilda Buffo, Sarah Griggs and Jenni Jones. In the third photo are Jenni Jones, Dennis Voth, Steve Ross and Stacy Pike. Finally, Fran Pack, Dorothy Faidley and Belinda Mueller are shown in the bottom photo.

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