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Dale Anderson, Soup Supper Superhero

For the past six years, the success of Presbyterian Manor’s annual Soup Supper can be partially traced back to one man—Dale Anderson, who hits the streets each year to sell tickets to the event all over town.

Dale’s reasons for being involved in the supper are a mix of personal and charitable.

“I do it for two reasons. First, I’ve been here in Salina for many years and know a lot of people, so I get to see a lot of them this way. Second, the funds go to the Good Sam program,” said Dale.

On average, Dale sells between 600-800 tickets each year—although he says doing so in recent years has become relatively easy.

“I really don’t have too much of a sales pitch anymore,” said Dale. “They see me coming and they get out the checkbook.”

Dale has been slowed a bit this year due to injuries, but he sees his continued involvement in the event as a personal blessing.

“It gives me a chance to get out,” said Dale. “This year has been extremely hard because I had to have a hip replaced in 2016, and then I broke a femur bone in my right leg in 2017, and then in 2018 I came up with a fractured vertebra, so I have to use a walker which makes it more of a chore.”

Dale has been a resident at the community for close to six years, and when he’s not selling tickets, he maintains an active schedule.

“I don’t have much spare time,” said Dale. “I should have all of the time in the world, but I don’t.”

Here’s hoping Dale will continue to find the time to lend a hand to the Soup Supper for years to come.

We hope you can join us for the 38th annual Soup Supper on Friday, October 26 from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Advance tickets are $8 and tickets at the door are $9.

PMMA’s Good Samaritan Program provides funding to assist residents who outlive their resources through no fault of their own. Thanks to this critical program, no resident has ever been asked to leave a PMMA community based on their inability to pay..

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