The final tally for the Barton Community College Foundation’s 33rd Annual Big Benefit Auction is in at just over $75,000, which far exceeds the Foundation’s initial goal of $45,000.
Executive Director of the Foundation Darnell Holopirek said the auction’s success is a reflection of the community’s generosity. "It was astounding, and we want to thank all of the people that played a role in making this happen," she said.
Holopirek added that the efforts of this year’s co-chairs, the Ringwald families, shouldn’t go unnoticed. "When good community leaders support an endeavor, others realize the importance of supporting it as well."
Roger and Mary Lou Murphy were also community representatives that Holopirek believes contributed to the success of the fundraising efforts as this year’s "Old Bill" scholarship honorees.
"The Murphys are well-known, respected individuals, and many members of their families and business associates felt good about honoring them with this scholarship fund," she said.
Holopirek said the end result of the auction is positive for the college and the community. "We have generous donors in this community, and we hope to encourage our young professionals to embrace the same gracious mindset.