Mary Herr, left, and Grace Brunner were among the guests at the Bluestem Visionaries’
appreciation dinner held at the Water’s Edge Restaurant in Hesston.
Sharing the Vision
Bluestem Communities, led by President and CEO James Krehbiel, recognized its major donors at a March 3 Bluestem Visionaries dinner at Water’s Edge Restaurant in Hesston. “Your gifts’ most meaningful impact goes beyond Bluestem Communities – to our residents – and to the broader community,” Chief Philanthropy Officer Yvonne Sieber told the audience of more than 160 people. The primary programs that 2014 gifts helped fund include the new PACE (Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly) center to help frail seniors remain safely in their own homes; Kidron Bethel Village Health Care Benevolent Fund and Schowalter Villa Good Samaritan Caring Fund, which both help provide for those who have depleted personal funds needed to meet the costs of care in these two 5-star-rated retirement communities; Kidron Bethel Peace Garden, a project initiated by residents and designed by Grounds Supervisor Brad Burch as a place of fellowship and renewal for residents, families and the Newton-North Newton communities; and Schowalter Villa “Enhancing Connections” chapel renovation, utilizing Kansas tax credits to provide a multipurpose space for residents, community members and local organizations. The Bluestem Visionaries group is “generous individuals committed to giving $1,000 or more annually for the Bluestem mission and purpose of impacting lives daily through personalized care with Christian compassion.”