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Ringwald family instrumental in BCC Foundation success
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Members of the Ringwald family are the honorary cochairs of the upcoming 33rd Annual Big Benefit Auction, set for 6 p.m. Saturday. Pictured is (family on the left) Chad and Angie and their three children, Nathan, 8, Evan, 5, and Lauren, 2; (family on the right) Chris and Cari and their two children, Cole, 5, and Grey, 2. Also shown is Justin, the youngest of the three Ringwald brothers, and parents Michel and Linda (center). - photo by COURTESY PHOTO




The potency of the Ringwald family’s hard work and dedication to Barton Community College and the BCC Foundation in recent years has not gone unnoticed.

Michel and Linda Ringwald, along with their three sons and families, Chad and Angie, Chris and Cari, and Justin, were named honorary co-chairs of the BCC Foundation’s upcoming 33rd Annual Big Benefit Auction, which takes place Saturday, Aug. 27, at the Highland Hotel and Convention Center, 3017 10th St. This year’s auction theme is "Salsa & Sombreros." The doors open at 6 p.m. and the live auction starts at 8 p.m.

Thursday is the last day that tickets may be purchased, by calling the Foundation office at (620) 786-1136, or by sending an e-mail to No tickets will be sold at the door.

The auction is the Foundation’s main fundraiser for academic scholarships and program enhancements.

The Ringwald family’s involvement has been instrumental in the Foundation’s success. Chris Ringwald is a prime example. He served on the Foundation Board of Directors for six years, and spent the last year as the board’s chair.

"We are very honored with it," he said, adding the countless hours devoted to promoting and supporting BCC and the Foundation were worthwhile. "This college is truly an asset to have. It, in itself, provides employment for the community, work training, and the Foundation itself provides opportunities for people who might not otherwise be able to further their education."

Chris’ father, Michel, agreed. He said the college is an asset to the community and is proud to have his family support BCC through helping the Foundation and its many scholarships. He added it’s an honor to be recognized for their efforts.

"The Foundation allows our family to support those individuals who are more career oriented than just job oriented," he said. "They’re looking for a future by going to college. By supporting them, it makes them better and more successful contributors to our local economy."

Barton’s Director of Institutional Advancement Darnell Holopirek said choosing the Ringwalds for the honor was an easy decision.

"This family truly values the academic and workforce training opportunities that Barton provides," she said. "They understand the economic impact we provide to the businesses, tax payers, and citizens of the region."