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Sunflower supporters break record, raise $60,000 at Charity Gala

Guests at the Sunflower Charity Gala VIP table enjoy the prime rib dinner at the Great Bend Convention Center. The event raised a record-setting $60,000.

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          The March 1 snowstorm didn’t chill the spirits of Sunflower Diversified Services supporters. They came out in force and donated a record $60,000 to people with disabilities at the non-profit agency’s ninth annual Charity Gala, said Connie Oetken, Sunflower director of development.

          “No matter what words we use to express our gratitude, they seem to fall short,” Oetken said. “This tremendous local support of people with developmental disabilities and delays says a lot about our community. The generosity is overwhelming.”

          Even though some out-of-town supporters couldn’t attend the event because of the snow, the Gala hosted ...

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