Preferred Vendors

Following is a list of services in Manhattan that are available to help with your events at the Alumni Center. This listing provides only a sampling of services available in the area. You are not limited to only these services when renting the Alumni Center for events.

• Cold Stone Creamery/ Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory
Rob Hayes

Cold Stone Creamery and Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory offers multiple packages that would suit any size group needs. We offer everything from Ice Cream to Caramel Apples to Chocolate Covered items that include Strawberries, Marshmallows, Brownies, and More! Many of our Chocolate Dipped items can be made to fit a Bride & Groom Theme as well as multiple other color schemes making them perfect for any occasion! All pricing includes delivery, set up, tear down, and employee labor if necessary. All of our Ice Cream is made in-house for each event to ensure the highest quality product for your event. We use high quality Guitard Chocolate for all of our dipped items as well as fresh ingredients for the toppings! We are able and excited to serve at your next big (or small) event including weddings, business meetings, birthdays and more! Call for more information and to set up a tasting! 

• Premiere Events
Jenne Andrews, owner 
1019 Poyntz Ave., Suite C
Manhattan, KS 66502

Premiere Events is a full-service event planning and management company in Manhattan, Kan. Whether it's a major corporate event, a wedding day or a small private party, we can make your event unique, productive and entertaining. Let us plan or manage your next special occasion so you can enjoy the party! We'll make your event a Premiere Event!

• SimpLee Sensational Events/Conference Partners, Inc.
Alisa Wolfe
Manhattan, Kansas

Who We Are: Our company is unique because we are two great divisions in one: experienced with corporate, social and community event creation, coordination and execution as well as high caliber meeting and conference planning.  We offer an experienced, proven knowledge of creative solutions and budget conscious ideas that make for a unique and fun experience for the attendees and a stress free environment for the planner.  We have over 20 years providing an organized and trustworthy alternative to doing it yourself.  Woman owned and operated – member of Meeting Planners International.  Licensed and insured.

Why Choose Us: We offer a one-stop-shopping experience where you hire us and we hire and manage all the suppliers, vendors and costs.  So many people do the best they can, but don’t have the time or resources to do it right.  So lots of extra effort and money is spent. You’ll save valuable time and money hiring us to manage all the details.

Let us plan your next holiday party, employee incentives, girls’ weekend, community awareness event, corporate conference, industry meeting, non profit fundraiser, wedding party/shower, baby party/shower, birthday or anniversary celebration/milestone or other special event.

• Along Came Abby
1120 Westport Drive
Manhattan, KS 66502 

Along Came Abby provides Event Rentals, Event Design, Event Set-up/Clean-up and professional wedding planning. Their team has years of experience in the local market and will be your new best friend in the wedding industry. They may bleed purple, but there inventory comes in large variety of colors. Their long list of quality rental items includes: Floor length linens, specialty linens, chair covers, backdrops and table top decor. Their team will set-up and tear down your ceremony and reception so that your family and friends can focus on the most important part of the day: Celebrating with you! 
Please fill out a contact form on, send us an email to or give us a call at 785-218-1832. We look forward to working with you! 

All About You Event Planning and Rentals
Tara Grubb
8831 E US Hwy 24 (by appointment only)

All About You Event Planning and Rentals has over 10 years in the industry and began this journey in hopes to help every couple have their dream wedding without breaking their budget. Offering Day Of Coordination and hourly planning packages along with decoration and linen rentals to help your event stand out from the rest. All About You can also do all of your printing; Save the Dates, Invitations, Programs, Menus, Favors, and much more. To see examples of our work and read reviews please visit our website Feel free to email or call us to schedule your free consultation and visit our show room.


• Dave Lewis

With over 30 years experience as a disc jockey and entertainer, Dave Lewis has established himself as the area's premier talent in these fields. Dave was recently recognized by "The Knot" bridal magazine and as "Best of Weddings 2010." This coveted award is shared by only a handful of other disc jockeys in the Kansas City and state of Kansas markets. Dave is a charismatic and articulate speaker that can bring both elegance and fun to any event. Having worked over 500 weddings, his expertise in reception planning, his voice as master of ceremonies, and his ability to choose and play the best music, has led to hundreds of successful events. Dave is well known in the Manhattan area as a long-time local broadcaster and community leader, and his voice can be heard at Bill Snyder Family Stadium and Bramlage Coliseum as K-State's Public Address Announcer. His wedding party introductions have become legendary. Dave also is the host of the "Game Show Road Show," which provides great entertainment for banquets and special events.


Royal Purple Transportation
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Royal Purple Transportation is owned and operated in Manhattan, KS. At Royal Purple Transportation, we value each individual client and we are here to fulfill a need for quality, reliable and customer service focused transportation in and around the Central Flint Hills Region. We strive to provide the highest level of customer satisfaction. Everything from airport transportation, to bachelor/bachelorette parties, to weddings and social events. We do it all!


For more information or additional referrals:
Lauren Chard
Alumni Center manager
800-600-ALUM (2586)