2013 Butler Foundation Benefit Auction raises record $176,000

Community members, business partners give back, marking 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 ushered generous community bidders into the Hubbard Welcome Center and garnered more than $176,000 on Friday, March 1. This year’s, “A Vintage Evening 2013,” served to raise money for student success.

Now in its sixteenth 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 co-chaired by Tom McKibban and Dr. Cathy Cooper, and Bob and Jen Lane. The Presenting Host Sponsor was HollyFrontier.

Top-selling items included two seven-course dinners to be prepared by retired Butler President Dr. Jackie Vietti, entitled The Last Italian Supper. The first sold for $8,700, prompting Vietti to make a second impromptu offering that generated another $7,000 for the college.

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; The Frontier Western Celebration VIP Experience; Cocoa Dolce Year of Chocolate; BG Products Veterans Sports Complex Panoramic Photo taken from the grand opening football game; and Symphony in the Flint Hills tickets for this year’s event at historic Fort Riley.

The foundation’s mission, to provide scholarships and private donations to support the college, is attained by the proceeds from this important event,” said Stacy Cofer, Butler Chief Advancement Officer. “It is a tangible gesture to students that donors believe in the power of Butler to transform lives.”

The annual Butler Benefit Auction helps Butler Community College empower students for learning and life, supporting student success through scholarships, staff support, and advocacy. A Vintage Evening is one of the Top 25 Fundraising Events in the region according to the Wichita Business Journal.

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