Blog Posts by Becky Fitzgerald

Written By Becky Fitzgerald on October 8, 2015

A local business has generously agreed to help Meadowlark Hills Foundation promote HOGtoberfest, which is set for Thursday, Oct. 29. The what, where, when and why pertaining to HOGtoberfest is expected to be displayed beginning Monday, Oct. 12, on two marquees in Manhattan. Be on the look-out for these signs! The first employee, resident or Passport member to contact Becky Fitzgerald after seeing one of these marquees will be entered to win the HOGtoberfest door prize, a barbecue meal for 10.

Written By Becky Fitzgerald on October 1, 2015

2nd annual HOGtoberfest to benefit Good Samaritan Fund

Fiends of Meadowlark Hills have a fun and tasty opportunity to support the Meadowlark Hills Foundation’s Good Samaritan Fund when the doors to Cox Bros. BBQ open at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 29. Brothers Bud and Bobby Cox, sons of Meadowlark Hills residents Newton and Ellie Cox, pledge to donate 10% of that day’s proceeds to the Fund. 

Written By Becky Fitzgerald on September 23, 2015

The calendar says it’s September, but for the past several months, Art Committee members could be convinced it’s Christmas time. Since last spring, various potential donations of fine art and decorative art (framed posters, etc.) have been presented at each of our first Friday-of-the-month meetings for consideration. I believe I speak for a majority of members in saying that it’s been a treat to examine and/or research the proposed gifts.

Written By Becky Fitzgerald on September 10, 2015

Meadowlark Hills resident Sue Hunt held up an adjustable cane decorated with hand-painted roses, and the knot in my stomach began to unravel. Meadowlark Hills Foundation’s first public auction of donated household items had lured several capable volunteers and a large crowd to Pottorf Hall in Cico Park on Tuesday, Sept. 1, and the raised hands and nodding heads that were prompted by auctioneer Vern Gannon did much to calm my nerves.

Written By Becky Fitzgerald on August 6, 2015

Meadowlark Hills Market, an annual sale of household items, has been reinvented this year. An auction is taking its place!

Please mark your calendars for 5 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 1, at Cico Park’s Pottorf Hall. Proceeds benefit the Meadowlark Hills Foundation’s Good Samaritan Fund, which assists residents in Meadowlark Hills healthcare households who have outlived their financial resources. Vern Gannon of Gannon Auctions is donating his time and that of his staff members so that more auction revenue will go toward the fund. 

Written By Becky Fitzgerald on July 23, 2015

John Pence, a frequent visitor at Meadowlark Hills, was in an antique mall in downtown Salina, Kan., last year when he uncovered buried treasure of sorts. A framed aquatint entitled “San Jose” by Ted Hawkins caught his eye, and he was fairly certain he had seen the image somewhere before.

Written By Becky Fitzgerald on May 28, 2015

The 10th anniversary of Symphony in the Flint Hills is less than a month away, but it’s not too late to join in the fun on Saturday, June 13. Reserved seats and transportation have been secured. All you need are comfortable shoes and a desire to hear beautiful music in a gorgeous setting. This year’s event is at the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve in Chase County, which was the location when the event debuted in 2006. Performing with the Kansas City Symphony in honor of this milestone year is special guest artist Lyle Lovett, a four-time Grammy award winner.

Written By Becky Fitzgerald on May 21, 2015

An unusual achiever with a lifetime of service and generosity to her credit was honored Monday, May 11, at the 13th annual Legacy Society Banquet sponsored by Meadowlark Hills Foundation. 

Written By Becky Fitzgerald on May 14, 2015

Kermit the frog said it’s not easy being green, but Meadowlarkians aren’t likely to share his opinion during the first week of June. An emerald anniversary celebration is planned Monday, June 1, through Friday, June 5, to mark the 35 years that have passed since Meadowlark Hills Retirement Community was formerly dedicated on June 8, 1980. Residents and staff will be seen wearing green “Celebrating 35 Years” shirts, and several are already drinking from green tumblers now available at Verna Belle’s Cafe for $5.   

Written By Becky Fitzgerald on May 7, 2015

The Greater Manhattan Community Foundation’s goal of raising $200,000 for local not-for-profit organizations was surpassed on Grow Green Match Day, with 21 gifts benefiting Meadowlark Hills adding to the effort. According to the event website,, 1,331 gifts totaling $232,517.36 will support organizations which have an endowment fund with GMCF. Local businessman and former Meadowlark Hills board member Phil Howe again agreed to provide matching funds, so each organization’s donation total will be increased 50%.