Bidders respond to the auctioneer at the 2022 Big Benefit Auction

Big Benefit Auction

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. The auction is made a success each year by the hard work of volunteers and generous donors and sponsors. 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 

This year’s theme is “Casino Royale” and tickets are $50 each or $400 per table of eight, available until Aug. 11. No tickets will be sold at the door. The doors open at 5:30pm August 26 at the Great Bend Events Center with complimentary beer until 8pm. Supper starts at 6:30pm. The live auction will begin at 8pm.

This year’s auction is underwritten by UMB Wealth Management, Craig & Jolene Biggs, Nex-Tech, Spectrum CPA Partners, LLC, and Eagle Radio and Hull Broadcasting.

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