Another record-breaking year for the annual fundraising event, which contributes to student success and scholarships
Marking another record-breaking year, the annual Butler Community College Foundation Benefit Auction packed the Hubbard Welcome Center and garnered $165,000 Friday, March 2. This year’s, “A Vintage Evening 2012,” served to raise money for student success, showing a $24,000 increase over last year’s $141,000 tally.
Now in its fifteenth year, the evening welcomed community leaders to support the mission and work of the Foundation and included a silent and live auction, a wine reception and dinner. The event was chaired by Drs. Pat and Sylvia Do. The Presenting Host Sponsor was HollyFrontier.
Top-selling items included an annual auction tradition, a multi-course Italian dinner donated by Dr. Jackie and Ray Vietti that was purchased by Dean and Rebecca Smith for $5,000.
Other noteworthy items auctioned off included rounds of golf at Big Horn Golf Course in Palm Desert, Calif., donated by R.D. and Joan Hubbard; several gourmet dinners, including dinner on the patio of Newport Grill for Wichita Grand Opera’s “Opera on the Lake”, donated by George and Jocelyne Laham; Butler athletic memorabilia; artwork by regional artists (including two Birger Sandzen prints); even a vending machine donated by Wichita Vending Co.
“Last year the Butler Community College Foundation awarded a record-setting $550,000 in scholarships to 700 students,” said Butler Chief Advancement Officer Stacy Cofer. “Our donors’ generous support from A Vintage Evening allows us to provide not only scholarship support, but to execute the BG Products Veterans Sports complex capital campaign. It’s our donors who are shaping our students lives and our communities.”
The annual Butler Benefit Auction helps Butler Community College empower students for learning and life, supporting student success through scholarships, staff support, and advocacy.