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Arkansas City Presbyterian Manor’s annual ball drop tradition continued, exceeds goal

As Arkansas City Presbyterian Manor emerges from more than a year fighting the COVID-19 pandemic, the campus hosted its annual Karl Faidley Memorial Golf Ball Drop on July 13 with a fun and successful event on the front lawn.  

Residents and family members enjoyed sweet music and cool treats.

“For the second year we were unable to host our annual golf tournament, which benefits the Manor’s Good Samaritan Program; however, the need for support for residents at the community continues. As we did last year, we hosted the annual Karl Faidley Memorial Golf Ball Drop on the front lawn. We were excited to exceed our goal and sold over 500 golf balls,” said Sarah Griggs, executive director.  

The 2021 event dropped 502 golf balls, secured 51 sponsors and raised $16,875 for the Good Samaritan Program, which supports residents who have outlived their financial resources through no fault of their own.

Four prizes were given out at the event: first place and $500 went to Illeana Varela; second place and $300 went to Shannon Stowell; third place and $200 went to David Faidley; and fourth place and $100 went to Helen Johnson. Following the ball drop, residents and guests enjoyed entertainment from The Student Loans and sweet treats from Schwan’s under the community’s canopy.  

“We couldn’t be happier with the turnout of this year’s event and are so grateful for the continued support of our sponsors, families, residents and the Arkansas City community,” said Sarah.

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

Watch a slide show from the big day.

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