Tickets for the Barton Community College Foundation’s 40th Annual Big Benefit Auction, themed “Clownin’ Around,” are available July 16 through Aug. 13. The auction will take place on Aug. 25. Tickets are $45 each or $360 per table of eight. No tickets will be sold at the door. Doors open at 6 p.m. at the Great Bend Knights of Columbus with complimentary beer and food available until 8 p.m. The live auction will begin promptly at 8 p.m. This year’s auction is underwritten by Advanced Therapy & Sports Medicine, UMB Wealth Management, Nex-Tech and ILS.
The Big Benefit Auction is the most successful and longest-running fundraiser for the Barton Foundation. The money raised from the event supports academic scholarships, along with enhancements to programs and facilities to directly impact the learning experience of Barton students.
Coleen Cape, executive director of Institutional Advancement, said she is excited about this year’s light-hearted theme.
“‘Clownin’ Around’ promises to be an evening of fun, fellowship and good food all in the name of a noble cause – assisting others,” Cape said. “Each year the auction and other fundraising efforts make it possible for over 300 students to receive some sort of assistance in making their dream of a college education a reality.”
Tickets can be purchased by calling the Barton Foundation office, 620-792-9306, or by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Major event sponsors are the Carl Heilman Family, Clara Barton Hospital & Clinics and Great Bend Regional Hospital.