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Ground broken for fellowship center

Farmington Presbyterian Manor’s Give. Gather. Grow. campaign for the campus’ new fellowship center took a giant step forward Sept. 5 with the groundbreaking for the construction project, slated to be complete in the spring.

“There is no doubt that the Give Gather Grown campaign is a part of God’s bigger plan to enhance the mission of Farmington Presbyterian Manor, which is to provide quality senior services guided by Christian values,” said Bruce H. Shogren, PMMA’s president and CEO.

The 3,500 square foot fellowship center project came out of a desire to create more common space at the senior living community for residents to gather for worship, activities and enjoy family gatherings, as well as provide access to outdoor spaces where residents can enjoy fresh air and the therapeutic benefits of nature.

“The 55th anniversary and celebration was truly a spark that ignited all of us to come together for the common purpose of doing good for the residents,” said Nancy Sullivan, co-chair of the Give. Gather. Grow. steering committee. “We wanted to enhance the lives of the residents and staff.”

When Jane Hull, executive director, was approached by a donor seeking to support Farmington Presbyterian Manor, she immediately knew where those funds could be used. The anonymous gift of $1 million kick started the fellowship center project.

“The generous gift was the nudge of God to set us on this journey to Give. Gather. Grow,” said Sullivan. 

With guidance from PMMA’s Department of Giving and the operations team, the dream of such a space began to take shape.

The Fellowship Center project went through several rounds of architectural revisions with Gravity Works Architecture. The 3,500 square-foot center will provide space for weekly worship services, anniversary parties, regular activities and exercise classes, and access to the outdoors where residents can reconnect with nature and enjoy the healing and therapeutic effects of fresh air and sunshine.

“This would not be possible without the support of the friends and family of Farmington Presbyterian Manor,” said Shogren. “The Mission Committee and Campaign Steering Committee are integral part of this project. We are grateful for their time, energy and resources they have invested to make this a reality.”

The total anticipated cost for the project is $1.25 million. The Give. Gather. Grow. campaign will raise the additional $250,000 needed to fund the project. Together, community staff pledged $25,000 toward the project, and with additional donations already received, the campaign has raised $134,000 toward its goal.

“We welcome any local business or organization to match this generous gift from our dedicated employees,” said Sullivan.

The new fellowship center will also serve as a legacy for the campus’ executive director and her family.

“Jane Hull has been a part of the PMMA family and living the mission for almost 40 years. She has demonstrated a commitment to success, built a reputation for quality and resident satisfaction, all the while maintaining a strong passion for seniors. She and her Farmington team put the residents and their families’ first every day. Today, we break ground for the Hull Family Fellowship Center,” Shogren said.

Hull’s children, Christie and Jonathon, and their families were present for the groundbreaking.

“We all know that behind a great leader is a family that supports and encourages,” Sullivan said. “I know that Jane’s late husband, Eddie, is also here in spirit, and we know he would be proud of Jane and the team’s accomplishment.”

Brockmiller Construction will be the general contractor for the project. It is anticipated the Hull Family Fellowship Center will open in spring 2020.

To learn more about the Give. Gather. Grow. fundraising campaign and how you can contribute, contact Patti Christen at 316-734-2275 or email pchristen@pmma.org.

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Fellowship Center takes on special meaning for Corless family

The Corless family has been prominent members of the Farmington Presbyterian Manor community for generations, with Warren and Glenda Corless residing at the community for the past 24 years. Over those years, the Corless’— like many of the families who call the community home — saw the need for increased meeting space to accommodate family gatherings and were excited by the campaign to build a new Fellowship Center.

“We’ve been to a number of things at the Presbyterian Manor over the years, and there’s just not a good space for getting together with more than 10 people,” said Warren and Glenda’s son, David Corless. “When we first heard about the Give. Gather. Grow. fundraising campaign, and got a letter in the mail, I talked to my wife, Cecilia, to decide how much we were going to give.”

Progress on the new fellowship center was something that was of special interest to David’s dad, Warren.

“He was real excited to see the old building come down. I think it was a big day at the Manor, because everyone came out and watched. It was important to them.”

Unfortunately, Warren passed away on June 21 and didn’t get to hear about the gift his son and daughter-in-law made in his honor. And when David’s mother learned about the gift, she wasn’t exactly shocked by his generosity.

“I wasn’t a bit surprised. They’re always glad to give to anything that helps here,” said Glenda.

For Glenda, a new fellowship center is just icing on the cake on what she considers the perfect place to call home.

“It has been a great place to move for retirement and to be close to a lot of people we know,” said Glenda. “The fellowship center is going to be a wonderful addition because we need more room for different activities — all our meetings, church services, etc. — we can really take advantage of all of that space.”

To learn more about the Give. Gather. Grow. fundraising campaign and how you can contribute, contact Patti Christen at (316) 734-2275 or email pchristen@pmma.org.


PHOTOS: Warren and Glenda Corless have much to celebrate. In 2010 the Corless family gathered for Warren and Glenda Corless’ 60th anniversary. Seated left to right: son David Corless with his wife Cecilia Weber-Corless, Warren and Glenda Corless, daughter Susan Corless-Fair with her husband Timm Fair. Standing left to right: granddaughter Catherine Corless, grandson-in-law Alan York, great granddaughter Lillie York held by granddaughter Laura Corless-York, grandson Michael Fair, grandson Adam Fair, granddaughter-in-law Linda Rabadi-Fair, grandson Jeremy Fair.

The photo of Warren Corless with his pet pig Sparky is from 1937.

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Staff fill hearts and empty pockets for Fellowship Center campaign

Members of the Farmington community have joined forces to create the Give. Gather. Grow. Fundraising Campaign – a campaign that will feature a 3,500-square-foot Fellowship Center with space dedicated to life enrichment, an enhanced outdoor experience and improved community experience.

As we work to raise the funds needed to make the new Fellowship Center a reality, we are grateful for our employees who not only give their time, energy and compassion to our residents every day, but who also are giving their hard-earned finances to help support this campaign. Through payroll deduction pledges and cash gifts, 23 staff members have pledged to raise $25,000 for the Fellowship Center campaign, and 100% of Executive Director Jane Hull’s leadership team has donated.

“This is an incredible accomplishment. Employees at Presbyterian Manor know the difference this is going to make in residents’ lives,” said Patti Christen, regional director of development.

We asked just a few of the staff who have made a financial contribution to the campaign to share why it’s important to them.

Christine Dement, accounting

Why do you give to the Fellowship Center campaign?

“I chose to give to the Fellowship Center because I love the idea of being a part of such a fantastic philanthropic project. Though I didn’t pledge a ton of money, I know that every little bit adds up, and I love the idea of knowing that I could help make such a great vision become reality.”

 In your opinion, what makes the Fellowship Center so important?

“The Fellowship Center will not only be a wonderful space for our current residents and family members, but it will be another great perk to living on our campus for future potential residents. This Fellowship Center will also be a great location for our staff to hold gatherings and parties for our residents.”

Why do you feel it’s important for staff to support this opportunity?

“We all believe in the mission of Presbyterian Manor, supporting this opportunity leaves a legacy behind long after we’re gone. This Fellowship Center will bring joy and provide a place for togetherness for years to come.”

Jennifer Cunningham, CNA

Why do you give to the Fellowship Center campaign?

“I gave to the Fellowship Center because I feel like it would be an important asset to the community.”

In your opinion, what makes the Fellowship Center so important?

“It is important because it will give residents more opportunities to join together and more things to do with their time.”

Why do you feel it’s important for staff to support this opportunity?

“It is important for staff to support this because it will be helpful for staff and residents, too. There will be much more space for activities and residents’ families.”

Peggy Bland, director of nursing

Why do you give to the Fellowship Center campaign?

“I wanted to be a part of something like this that would have a lasting effect for not only our residents now but the residents that will be at Presbyterian Manor in the future, long after I am gone. Residents will be enjoying this center for many, many years.”

In your opinion, what makes the Fellowship Center so important?

“I know it is needed and will be a beautiful place for residents and their families and the staff will enjoy time together. I love to see the residents happy and enjoying time with their families and the staff, and that is what will happen in this Fellowship Center. I also think it will increase family involvement with the residents because we will have a dedicated space with plenty of room for parties and all types of gatherings.”

Why do you feel it’s important for staff to support this opportunity?

“It shows the pride and commitment our staff have to Presbyterian Manor and our residents.”

Thank you to all employees who have supported the new Fellowship Center! To learn more about the campaign or to see how you can play a part in the enrichment of countless lives, contact Patti Christen at 316-734-2275 or pchristen@pmma.org.

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Byron and Kay Taylor boost Fellowship Center Capital Campaign with $25,000 gift

Byron and Kay Taylor moved to the Farmington area in 1999 after being away for about 30 years. They began attending the Farmington Presbyterian Church and were delighted to reconnect with several Presbyterian Manor residents they had known during their childhood when they attended the Presbyterian Church in Flat River (now Park Hills).

In addition, after looking at several other options, Byron’s mother and stepfather decided to move into the Presbyterian Manor in 2008, and it proved to be the right choice for the whole family. Kay has two sisters-in-law currently living at Presbyterian Manor, and she delivered mail to the residents as a volunteer for about a year from 2000-2001.

With all these positive connections to Farmington Presbyterian Manor, Byron and Kay decided they wanted to help this vision of the new Fellowship Center become reality. They have pledged a gift of $25,000 to the Give. Gather. Grow. capital campaign. Byron currently serves on the Presbyterian Manor Mission Committee and has agreed to serve as co-chairperson for the Fellowship Center Capital Campaign.

We are grateful to the Taylors for their generous gift to help our community grow! If you’re interested in learning more about the fundraising campaign dedicated to building a fellowship center, covered outdoor patio with dining space and garden area for our community, contact Patti Christen at 316-734-2275 or email pchristen@pmma.org.

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