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Tallgrass Creek Sinatra Look-a-Likes Celebrate His 100th Birthday

Oct 19, 2015

OVERLAND PARK, KS (October 15, 2015) -- Max Evans won a Frank Sinatra Look-a-Like contest held today at Tallgrass Creek retirement community. The contest celebrated Sinatra's 100th birthday.

Evans moved to Tallgrass Creek from Des Moines, Iowa, and is a former farm manager and agricultural appraiser. He won bragging rights as being the day’s honorary “Chairman of the Board” in Kansas.

Contest participants were George Lund, Lynn Brown, Max Evans, Dave Thomson, and Jim Graham. They sang Sinatra’s hit song “Come Fly with Me.”

All participants received a bottle of bourbon (Sinatra’s favorite drink) and an ample...

Tallgrass Creek Honors, Supports People Who Have Alzheimer's

Oct 6, 2015

OVERLAND PARK, KS (October 5,2015) – Tallgrass Creek retirement community residents today participated in an ‘Alzheimer’s Honor Walk & Roll’ on their 65-acre campus to remember people who have the disease and to pledge support for them.

Seventy-five residents gathered on the community’s front lawn and then walked along marked paths. As each resident walked through an archway they used a megaphone to speak the name of the person who they were honoring.

The residents were given lavender balloons, which they released as a group upon the conclusion of the walk.

This event coincided with the Kansas...

October 15th Frank Sinatra Look-a-Like Contest to be Held at Tallgrass Creek

Oct 6, 2015

OVERLAND PAK, KS -- A Wednesday, October 15, ‘Frank Sinatra Look-a-like Contest’ will be held by residents of Tallgrass Creek retirement community in Overland Park, KS, to celebrate Sinatra’s 100th birthday. The contest will begin at 1:30 p.m. at the community, 13800 Metcalf Avenue in Overland Park.

Each contestant will wear a Sinatra-esque fedora hat and lip-sync to Sinatra’s signature song “New York New York.” He will display his best Sinatra swagger and style.

A winner, who will be will be judged by representatives from the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Kansas, will receive a...

"Frank Sinatra: The Man and His Music" Coming in October to Tallgrass Creek

Sep 16, 2015

OVERLAND PARK, KS (September 16, 2015) – Tallgrass Creek retirement community is partnering with the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Kansas to present “Frank Sinatra: The Man and His Music,” a series of October interactive courses that will examine the cultural influence of Frank Sinatra.

These courses will examine the man and the trajectory of his singing and acting careers with emphasis on his concerts and television shows.

The courses, which will be held on Thursdays, October 8, 15 and 22 (from 2 - 4 p.m.) at Tallgrass Creek, are being offered as residents celebrate...

Tallgrass Creek Residents Set Monthly Cookie Baking Record to Help Feed the Homeless

Sep 14, 2015

OVERLAND PARK, KS (September 14, 2015) – Tallgrass Creek retirement community residents set a monthly record in August when they baked a total of 2,502 cookies for volunteer Marcia Merrick’s work to provide lunches for homeless men, women and children in Kansas City, Missouri.

They shattered their previous monthly record of 2,000 baked cookies. The residents bake more than 21,000 cookies annually as part of this community outreach project in which they have been involved for the past four years.

About 50 Tallgrass Creek residents bake the cookies. The cookies are part of hundreds of monthly lunches, which...

Tallgrass Creek Server Thomas Tong Stars in Unicorn Theater Play

Aug 31, 2015

OVERLAND PARK, KS (August 31, 2015) – Thomas Tong, a server at Tallgrass Creek retirement community, is excited to star as a monk in the play, The Oldest Boy, now on stage through September 20 at Unicorn Theater in Overland Park, KS.

Residents from Tallgrass Creek are thrilled about his thespian success, so much so that they are organizing ongoing shuttle bus trips to the theater to see his performances.

In the play when Tibetan monks believe they’ve found the reincarnation of a high Buddhist Lama as a young American boy, his parents must decide whether to hold...

Matt Chatfield is Tallgrass Creek's New Executive Chef

Jul 13, 2015

OVERLAND PARK, KS (July 13, 2015) -- Matt Chatfield has been named the new Executive Chef for Tallgrass Creek retirement community in Overland Park, KS.

Some of Chef Matt’s former positions include Executive Chef at William Jewell College, The Culinary Center of Kansas City, Brandon Woods Senior Living, and Brookridge Country Club.

He completed his Chef Apprenticeship through nationally recognized Johnson County Community College.

Chef Matt is an active member of The American Culinary Federation, and is a sitting member of the board with The Greater Kansas City Chef’s Association.

Chef Matt has led culinary classes...

Tallgrass Creek Residents Raise More Than $26,000 to Help Their Student Scholars

Jun 17, 2015

OVERLAND PARK, KS (June 17, 2015) – Tallgrass Creek retirement community has celebrated the eight-member Class of 2015 Student Scholars at a recent Award Ceremony. The student workers earned four-year collegiate scholarships in the amount of $26,500 from money raised by residents.

In the previous seven years, the Tallgrass Creek Scholars Program has raised nearly $160,000, assisting 30 students to advance their collegiate careers.

This year’s student scholarship recipients are:

Phillip Baxter – University of Kansas, Business & Pre-Law

Olivia Degner – University of Arkansas, Computer Science

Wesley Easum – University of Kansas, Mechanical Engineering...

The McCoys' Move from Colorado to Tallgrass Creek Brought Them Closer to Their Beloved Horses

Jun 15, 2015

OVERLAND PARK, KS (June 15, 2015) – When Sharon and Glenn McCoy moved from Colorado to Tallgrass Creek retirement community in Overland Park, Kansas, it brought them much closer to their two award-winning Morgan horses stabled in nearby Lenexa. Their mutual love of horses started when they were children.

"I'm pretty sure the first word I said was 'horse',” laughs Sharon.

The McCoys have traveled the country for the last 40 years showing Morgan horses and earned multiple awards and world championship honors. Their horses are trained to compete in several different divisions including one where the animals,...

Tallgrass Creek Couple Celebrates Their 51st Wedding Anniversary of Mutually Respectful Love

Jun 11, 2015

OVERLAND PARK, KS (June 11, 2015) – The love story of Dr. Sharad Gavankar and his wife, Dr. Shalini Gavankar, has taken them from India to Missouri to Kansas, where they now live at Tallgrass Creek retirement community in Overland Park.

As they look forward to their 51 st wedding anniversary later this month on June 26, they find comfort in knowing their love for one another has supported each other’s career in the field of Psychiatry and has always been based on mutual respect and admiration.

The Gavankars met in Kasturba Medical College in Mangalore, India. They...