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Volunteer support critical to golf tournament’s long-lasting success

Since its inception in 1995, Arkansas City Presbyterian Manor’s annual golf tournament has raised more than $400,000 in support of local seniors—a feat that wouldn’t have been possible without the ongoing support of a dedicated group of volunteers and local organizations.

The event, now named Golfin’ for Good Sam—along with the Karl Faidley Memorial Golf Ball Drop—benefits Arkansas City Presbyterian Manor’s Good Samaritan Fund, which provides assistance to residents who have outlived their financial resources.

Preparations for this year’s tournament began in January and were spearheaded by a six-person committee, which includes Jan Pringle who celebrated her 20th year as an event volunteer. And Jan is not alone in her long-standing support of the program. Jeff Wood has served for 15 years cumulatively, and Michael Mora and Reatha Juden have been involved for nine and six years straight respectively. Rounding out this year’s committee were Kim Hager and Maria Venegas, who have both served on the committee for two years.  

Asked why she has dedicated so much time to the event, Jan noted rising health care costs and a strong belief in PMMA’s mission.

“Health care is expensive, and I know from experience that a lot of residents outlive their resources,” she said. “If it was not for events like this to help put money in the coffers, Presbyterian Manor would struggle to help as many residents as they do.”

Jeff, who also stated a strong desire to “pay it forward,” seconded Jan’s comments on the current state of health care prices.

“Health care is outrageously expensive in all walks of life,” he agreed. “I don't believe anyone wants to live in a retirement community by choice, but due to nature and time, many of us end up there. Unlike Motel 6 that will keep a light on for you—for less than $75 dollars a night—retirement communities are much higher. So many people's life savings are drained due to long-term health care, and most do not have or cannot afford retirement home insurance.”

Over the past 28 years, more than 60 volunteers have served on the golf tournament committee and 14 of those have gone on to become Presbyterian Manor residents. The staff at Arkansas City Presbyterian Manor is extremely grateful for their contributions and what they have meant to the community.

“Each one of these individuals works tirelessly communicating our mission to donors and golfers to ensure a successful fundraising event,” said Arkansas City Presbyterian Manor Executive Director Sarah Griggs. “Without these generous individuals, these two events would not be possible.”

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