Bluestem Gala set for early November

October, 03, 2023

NORTH NEWTON, Kan. – Bluestem Communities will host one of its most popular events, the Bluestem Gala, on Thursday, Nov. 2, at 6 p.m. at the Meridian Center in Newton. Doors open at 5:15 p.m.

The Bluestem Gala is an annual event of which the proceeds benefit the benevolent funds and help provide for the needs of residents and participants at each of the three Bluestem Communities organizations – Bluestem PACE with locations in McPherson and Hutchinson, Kidron Bethel Village in North Newton and Schowalter Villa in Hesston. The benevolent funds assist residents and participants who, due to unforeseen circumstances, are unable to cover the full cost of their care.

The Bluestem Gala will feature a catered meal by YaYa’s Euro Bistro, a vacation raffle for two and live music featuring The Barefoot Movement, a Walnut Valley Festival favorite. Registration is $175 per individual or $1,575 for a table of 10. Register at by October 20.

“We want this event to be an opportunity for individuals, couples, friends and family to enjoy an evening of good food, good entertainment and good company while supporting the mission of Bluestem Communities,” said Derek Yoder, Bluestem Communities Vice President of Advancement.

An exciting part of every Bluestem Gala is a raffle for a chance to win a vacation for two to one of two destinations. The 2023 destination options are Jackson Hole, Wyoming, or Seattle Washington. The Jackson Hole trip includes four nights at the Cloudveil, Autograph Collection luxury hotel, airfare, rental car and a pass to Yellowstone National Park. The Seattle trip includes five nights at The Westin Seattle, air fare, rental car, ferry ride to Bainbridge Island and admission to the Space Needle.  Each trip is valued up to $4,000 depending on the time of travel. Raffle tickets are $50 each or $100 for three tickets. Individuals must be present at the Bluestem Gala to win.  

Meal reservations and raffle ticket purchases can be made at by October 20.


About Bluestem Communities


Bluestem Communities is a nonprofit organization in south central Kansas that serves seniors through various living options, care settings and care-centered services. Visit