Big Benefit Auction crowd

Big Benefit Auction

The auction is the longest running fund raising event for the Foundation and its success each year is made possible by the hard work of volunteers. Volunteers from the community, in partnership with foundation board of directors, call on area businesses, organizations and individuals to secure items for the live and silent auction.

Each year the auction averages 150 silent items and 40 live auction items – the items range from merchandise, to gift certificates, services, hand-made items and special events such as dinners, trips, ballgames etc. All attendees enjoy dinner and social hour before the live auction.

Auction Details

42nd Annual Big Benefit Auction themed "Life's a Beach"This year’s theme is “Life’s a Beach” and tickets are $45 each or $360 per table of eight, available until Aug. 16. No tickets will be sold at the door. The doors open at 6 p.m. August 28 at the Great Bend Columbus Club with complimentary beer and food available until 8 p.m. The live auction will begin at 8 p.m.

This year’s auction is underwritten by UMB Wealth Management, Craig & Jolene Biggs, Nex-Tech, ILS and Spectrum CPA Partners, LLC. The Big Benefit Auction is the most successful and longest-running fundraiser for the Barton Foundation. The money raised supports academic scholarships and enhancements to the programs and facilities to directly impact the learning experience of Barton students.

Please contact the Foundation office at (620) 792-9306 or by sending an email to with any questions.

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