Clay Center Presbyterian Manor is proving 50 is fabulous as the campus celebrates its golden anniversary this summer.
During the 1960s, First Presbyterian Church members petitioned the Presbyterian Synod and Foundation to build a Presbyterian Manor in Clay Center due to an increased need for seniors in the community.
Rev. Bill Tillman, a long-time member of the state Presbyterian foundation board, is credited with inspiring the creation of Clay Center Presbyterian Manor. George Fullington and Jim Hammel provided the first money for the project during a conversation over a cup of coffee at the old Sunflower Café.
Mrs. Ethel (George) Kreeck donated land to the project at the site of the former high school. In 1964, a planning committee of 12 members began holding meetings. Ground was broken May 7, 1967 to begin construction of a 40-bed health care center. After more than one year of construction, Clay Center Presbyterian Manor was dedicated on June 29, 1968.
Families of current and former residents, current and former staff members and the community are invited to join us at 5 p.m. Thursday, July 26, for a celebration!
Harold Hartner, one of the founding members of the planning committee for Clay Center Presbyterian Manor and a current resident, will preside over the festivities.
Former staff, past resident families and current family of residents and staff are invited to enjoy an evening celebrating 50 years of service to Clay Center. Ice cream and desserts will be served.