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Recognition a phenomenal success

[caption id="attachment_5979" align="alignleft" width="300"] Executive Director Michael Rajewski introduces scholarship recipients Cindy Moore and Betsy Geddes.[/caption]

Thank you to all of the donors and volunteers who attended our recent donor recognition event at Studio 96 in downtown Sterling. Miss Kansas Kendall Schoenekase was the keynote speaker, and she shared a wonderful message about her life and how she became Miss Kansas.

She is a graduate of the University of Arkansas with a BSN. She was called to be a nurse after two grandparents were diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease and breast cancer when she was in high school. Nurses offered care and comfort not only to her grandparents but to the family. It was at that time she knew she wanted to touch lives and help people.

Scholarship opportunities led Kendall to compete in the Miss Johnson County and Miss Kansas competitions. She dreams of getting her doctorate in nursing, and she has been accepted at Belmont University.

She also talked about her platform, “Stay Alive: Don’t Text and Drive.” She has traveled all over the state and partnered with several organizations to share this important message with Kansas’ youth.

Executive Director Mike Rajewski introduced scholarship recipients Betsy Geddes and Cindy Moore. Each shared her story about the impact education assistance funds have had on their careers.

Bruce Shogren, president and CEO of Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America, shared his heartfelt gratitude with volunteers and donors. “Without them, our mission would not be fulfilled and have a meaningful impact on so many lives.”

Lastly, Sarah Oenning, PMMA director of development, thanked the donors for the impact their gifts have on the local community. On average, 24 seniors living at Sterling Presbyterian Manor continue to receive care and services in part because of the generosity of the community. Miss Kansas even took the time to visit with several residents at Presbyterian Manor while she was in Sterling.

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