Barton Foundation’s 40th Big Benefit Auction tickets available until August 13 | Barton Community College

Barton Foundation’s 40th Big Benefit Auction tickets available until August 13

August 8, 2018
Story by Micah Oelze

Tickets for the Barton Foundation’s 40th Annual Big Benefit Auction, themed “Clownin’ Around," are available until Aug. 13. Tickets are $45 each or $360 per table of eight. No tickets will be sold at the door. Doors open at 6 p.m. Aug. 25 at the Great Bend Knights of Columbus with free beer and food served until 8 p.m. The live auction will begin promptly at 8 p.m.

Coleen Cape, Executive Director of Institutional Advancement, said the donated items up for grabs should be a draw this year.

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 programs and facilities to directly impact the learning experience of Barton students.

Tickets can be purchased by calling the Foundation office at (620) 786-1136 or by sending an email to

This year’s auction is underwritten by Advanced Therapy & Sports Medicine, UMB Wealth Management, Phil and Kim Grossardt, Nex-Tech and ILS.


This year's live action catalog includes the following (subject to change; does not include silent auction items):


No help for this clown – this blue, 26” Bud Light bike requires pedal power. No gears or speed controls, just good old huffing and puffing to make it go! This is your grandma’s bike!

Donor: Western Beverage – Dodge City



Doesn’t matter the season or the reason, if you love time on your back porch or patio and don’t want to worry about the cold, brisk bite of winter or fall, you can stay warm and cozy with this 24” x 30” Homewood bronze propane/butane fire pit. 

Donor: Kansas Machine Works - Sterling



This finely tuned precision mantle clock will add style and elegance to any mantle, desk or shelf.  Established in 1875, Bulova has been creating un-paralleled time pieces for over 140 years. This mantle clock combines classic dark cherry wood with silver and is sure to add a special touch of old world charm to any room.

Donor: Dawson Jewelers – Great Bend 



After a hard day of striking the circus and getting the wagons ready to roll to the next town, what would be better than a steak dinner with all the trimmings? Enjoy this delicious steak dinner for eight, expertly prepared by Eugene and Larissa at Great Bend Coffee. Contact MelEesa Stueder for reservations. 

Donor: Stueder Contractor, Inc. – Great Bend



In 1963 Mary Kay Ash began her own cosmetics line and today it is the most successful cosmetic company in the world.  This Mary Kay package includes: travel bag, travel set, body care set (2), White Tea Satin hand care set, and so much more.  Everything you need for your facial and body care regimen.

Donor: Nancy Sundahl – Great Bend



This new high-tech apparatus does it all.  You can play music and use Alexa calling and texting. Using Alexa voice service, it answers questions, reads the paper, reports the weather, and gives you sports scores.  It controls lights, thermostats, sprinklers, locks and much, much more. A must for anyone who wants the latest in technology.

Donor: H & B Communications – Holyrood



Rustic in design yet elegant to the eye, this open shelfing features three natural wood shelves held in place on a black metal oval frame. This unique piece measures 43” W x 18” D x 73” H.

Donor: Miller’s of Claflin – Claflin



Once you say the word Treager you don’t need to say much else. This Treager Little Tex Elite grill has 6-1 cooking capabilities: grill, roast, smoke, braise, bake, & barbeque and is pellet fueled with 20,000 BTU output.  

Donors: Eldridge Fencing – Great Bend

             Roger & Laina Marshall – Great Bend



Not only will this portable fridge hold all of your Coors beer – it is a giant replica of an actual Coors Light can; flip tab and all. This novelty item will keep your beverages cold or hot in your home or car and is sure to generate a great deal of conversation. 

Donor: Glazer’s Distributing – Dodge City



After last year’s stellar season who isn’t? Enjoy the 2018-2019 Cougar athletic season with these two reserved basketball season tickets (regular season – no post-season play), plus an autographed basketball from both the men and women basketball squads.  The best part is your own reserved parking spot for all home games – a must when the wind howls and the snow blows.

 Donor: Barton Community College Athletic Department – Great Bend



What could be better?  Celebrate birthdays, special dinners, promotions or just a family get together with ice cream from the Great Bend Dairy Queen and cupcakes created by Kat Tiede-King from Flavored Celebrations.  This package includes one 8” ice cream cake and one dozen cupcakes a month for the entire year. You choose the occasion and enjoy the compliments.

 Donors: Dairy Queen – Great Bend

Flavored Celebrations – Great Bend



Coach is a name that has become synonymous with high quality craftsmanship in the design and creation of women’s handbags.  This purse is certainly a wonderful example of why Coach has earned the reputation as one of the most prestigious designers in the industry. This purse is fashioned in black and gray with the predominant Coach logo and trimmed with black leather.  

Donors: Matt and Mary Hoisington – Great Bend



Is hard to find, but certainly much more likely if you know your home is safe and secure while you are away.  Whether you are gone for an hour or an extended vacation, this Ring Video Doorbell II will help ease your mind and help you keep an eye on your home.  It comes with HD video & two-way talk, a motion detector and is Wi-Fi connected.  It will work on any home – with or without a doorbell and is quick and easy to self-install.

Donor: H & B Communications – Holyrood



This high back leather office chair is both beautiful and comfortable. Its design will add elegance to any decor and fit into any home or office setting. Constructed with highest quality materials and expert craftsmanship, this chair is sure to offer years of enjoyment.

Donor: Office Products, Inc. – Great Bend



It will be easy to imagine yourself under the Big Top when the smell of hot, fresh popcorn fills the air.  This popcorn cart is constructed of durable plastic and steel and stands 48” high.  Its bright red and white stripes are reminiscent of the popcorn vendors at the fair and its stainless steel kettle with dual spring lids guarantee the best fresh popcorn every time. A great addition to any party and special event!

Donors: Ken and Connie Kerns – Great Bend



This four-month advertising package is offered on the only local sports talk show in Central Kansas.  Steve Webster and Cole Reif host SPORTSDAY weekdays from 12:30 – 1:00 pm on 1590 AM KVGB.  Receive two thirty-second commercials per show and promotional announcements during the week.

Donor: Eagle Radio – Great Bend



Karole Erikson, keyboard instructor at Barton Community College, captured “Fall Leaves in Blue Water” in a field in rural central Kansas.  This photograph is so vivid, it mirrors a fine work of art created in oils or watercolor.  The contrast of the soft gold and yellow hues of fall leaves against the deep azure blue of the water makes this picture unique in its depth and beauty.

Donor: Karole Erikson – Great Bend



Been thinking about adding a new member to the family?  Know someone who has or who is getting a new kitten or puppy?  This starter kit is the perfect item.  It has all you need to start that new pet off right and keep them healthy and happy for their first year of life – shots, heartworm, treats etc.

Donor: Animal Medical Center – Great Bend



The famous Rock Chalk Jayhawk cheer was first heard in 1890 and is still chanted by KU fans today.  This 22” x 25” KU Jayhawks poster depicts the angry and more threatening Jayhawk that was depicted in the mid 50’s but was soon replaced at the behest of less than happy fans and alumni. A real collectors piece for all any KU fan or sports enthusiast.

Donor: Lyle Stickney – Ellinwood



Perfect for summer living, or year round enjoyment in an enclosed patio or sun room.  This rattan ice cooler table is adjustable and will add fun and flare while chilling your favorite adult libation.

Donor: Thill & Associates – Great Bend



This one-of-a-kind fire pit was designed, welded and finished by students of the Barton welding program.  It is unique in structure and will stand the test of time. So for chilly fall evenings and even some of those cold winter nights when the patio beckons and you long for some fresh air, throw some logs on this fire pit and stay warm and cozy as you enjoy the great outdoors. 

Donor: Barton Community College Welding Department – Great Bend



This Michelob Ultra all terrain bike is sporty and compact.  The white frame is offset with red accents and the tires are great for a little off road action.

Donor: Western Beverage – Dodge City



Love golf? This is a must-have package for you – anything and everything you need including a $50 gift card to sharpen those driving skill at the Cardinal Driving Range in Hoisington. Golf for four at one of the premier courses in Kansas - Colbert Hills Golf Course in Manhattan with carts included.  Next it’s on to Larned and a round of golf for two with a cart at the Larned Country Club, plus a gift certificate for $30 at the Pin High Bar & Grill. Finally you can finish your golfing experience with one pass for four rounds of golf at Grove Park Golf Club in Ellinwood (carts not available).

Donors:  Larned Country Club – Larned

              Pin High Bar & Grill – Larned

              Steve Gotsche – Manhattan

     Grove Park Golf Club – Ellinwood

     Cardinal Driving Range – Hoisington



The high bidder will enjoy dinner for eight prepared and served by Kat Tiede-King of Flavored Celebrations (can be split into two dinners for four). This special evening would be perfect for a birthday, anniversary, or celebration of any occasion.  Kat will prepare and serve this gourmet meal at the former Lizzie’s Cottage, 1315 Stone, Great Bend, KS.  Cannot be redeemed in December and expires August 25, 2019.

Donors: Earl & Judy Fox – Great Bend

             Ed & Sharon Mauler – Great Bend



Relax in this heavy duty lawn chair and enjoy all of your circus favorites; peanuts and popcorn and Cracker Jacks and of course, chocolate.  Then plan to clown around and have great fun with four $50 gift cards to the following Great Bend merchants; Golden Belt Cinema, Rosewood Wine Cellar, Perks and Lumpy’s Homefield.

Donor: Adams, Brown, Beran & Ball CPA – Great Bend



Any little boy (or girl) would be thrilled with this CASE IH wood side steel wagon. Perfect to take to the fair, circus or any excursion. This sturdy wagon features stamped steel construction, “stable steer” steering for easy maneuverability and pneumatic tires.

Donor: Straub International - Great Bend



Get the word out and sell your business. This certificate entitles the bearer to $1,000 worth of advertising on their choice of Rocking M Radio stations: KZRS-FM, KSOB-FM, or KRMR-FM/KNNS-AM. This package is good for (100) thirty-second radio commercials and must be used before November 30, 2018.  It is for new radio commercial inventory and cannot be used in lieu of previous scheduled radio commercials or to pay any previous bill. Certificate must be presented prior to commercials airing on stations.

Donor: Rocking M Media, LLC – Great Bend



This lift top coffee table is a perfect addition to any room in your house.  It offers extra hidden storage while it’s rich lustrous birch wood cognac finish adds elegance and charm to any setting.  It is designed with a lift hinge that moves the top up and out to reveal hidden storage compartments inside.

Donor: Community Bank of the Midwest – Great Bend



This is one of the nicest places to stay in Great Bend and perfect for a couple, family or group.  The lodge includes a full kitchen, great room with dining for up to 14, four bedrooms and eight beds, 2½ baths, and an outdoor patio and shooting range.  Enjoy the Lodge at Central Kansas Whitetails for two nights or rental for an event at either the Great Bend or Larned location. This package must be redeemed by August 31, 2019.

Donor: Central Kansas Whitetails – Great Bend & Larned



The 100.7 Eagle Country morning show is ready to “take the show on the road” to your home or place of business.  Morning show host Scott Donovan will broadcast the show live from 7 a.m. until 10 a.m.  Eagle Radio News Director Steve Webster and Sports guy Cole Reif will join him to deliver the latest updates. Plus the team will deliver a hot breakfast and other trinkets to you and your family or co-workers.  This is the complete package for the Scott Donovan Morning Show, 3 hours local and live from your home or business on 100.7 Eagle Country.  Dates are subject to availability with your choice of morning Monday thru Friday only.

Donor: Eagle Radio – Great Bend



Plan your own crazy, lazy, family get together and then just sit back and wait for the food to be delivered. Great Western Dining Service will cater a dinner for up to 20 at your home or location of your choice within 20 miles of Great Bend. You set the menu with Tracey Wagner and he will do the rest. This package must be redeemed by August 25, 2019 and is subject to availability.  Holidays and periods when the college is closed are excluded from this package.

Donor: Great Western Dining – Great Bend



This unique piece of American history is a must for any history buff regardless of your party affiliation. This miniature baseball bat was signed by Republican members of the 115th Congress baseball team that played in the Congressional Baseball Game on June 14, 2018. There are many names you will recognize, both representatives and senators.

Donor: Congressman Roger Marshall – Great Bend



If you are a couch potato and love to watch sports, movies, or reality shows, or just a casual viewer who watches occasionally, this 50” television will add hours of viewing pleasure and enhance your experience regardless of your entertainment preferences.

Donor: WalMart – Great Bend



Love to golf? Then you will love this package that entitles the high bidder to the registration fee for a team of four at the Chamber of Commerce Annual golf tournament in the summer of 2019.  This includes lunch and a patio party while the results are being tabulated.  Prizes are awarded for the top three teams in each flight. Golf, prizes, door prizes, fun, food and fellowship – who could ask for more?

Donor: Great Bend Chamber of Commerce & Economic Development – Great Bend



Let us feed it with a yummy dessert each and every month for a year.  You will take your first dessert home with you this evening and then every month through next July we will deliver a different sweet concoction to the location of your choice within 15 miles of Great Bend.  Just let us know your food limitations or any allergies and we will go from there.

Donors: Donna McCormick – Timken

             Coleen Cape – Great Bend



This Congressional Club is the only organization in the country that was formed by an Act of Congress. The membership includes the spouses of the members of the Senate, House of Representative, Presidents Cabinet and the Supreme Court.  Since 1927 the Congressional Club has sustained itself by the selling of the Congressional Club Cookbook.  This copy is the 14th edition of the cook book and would make the perfect gift for the cook or collector of recipes in your family. The recipes were submitted by spouses of the members as well as ambassadors, heads of state and other dignitaries.

Donor: Congressman Roger Marshall – Great Bend



This framed and triple-matted print of the Bill Snyder Family Stadium is shot in a panoramic view and proudly shows the purple and white KSU colors framed in black.  It measures 44” x 18” and captures all the excitement and anticipation of a K-State crowd cheering on their team!

Donor: Ira and Coleen Cape – Great Bend



You won’t want to come inside! Even if you already have patio furniture you will want to add this three piece wicker bistro set to your back yard setting. It comes with a glass top table and two chairs. A pitcher and glasses with a cooler for ice are included so the margaritas can be ready to pour. Take home, set up and enjoy these last dog days of summer.

Donor: Thill & Associates – Great Bend



This 18.1 cubic foot top freezer refrigerator comes with a 10 year limited parts warranty.  It is equipped with many features including: 2 crispers, dairy compartment, 5 door bins, flat door gallon door storage power cold feature and is made of durable fingerprint resistant stainless steel. Boone’s will deliver free of charge within a 30 mile radius; any distance further will require a delivery fee.  

Donor: Boone’s Maytag Home Appliance Center – Great Bend



You can go anywhere, anytime you want as long as you book your trip by August 1, 2019. The top bidder will have the freedom to do just that with this $1,250 travel voucher for transportation or accommodations. Imagine knowing if you win the bid you can decide where to go and choose the dates convenient for you. No limit on the number of travelers – just contact Christi Penka at First National Travel and book your trip. This package does contain some limitations on transportation or accommodations, may not be applied to travel packages already booked, and has no cash value. The travel voucher may be given as a gift and is transferrable until arrangements are booked through First National Travel. Happy Travels! 


Dr. Douglas Ayre – Great Bend & Larned

Dr. Donald Beahm – Great Bend

Dr. Mark Judd – Great Bend

Dr. Russell McCaulley – Great Bend

Dr. Chad Premer – Great Bend

Dr. Tyler Schremmer – Hoisington



Over the past 37 years, Barton Community College has been the beneficiary of the generosity of over a 300 individual and corporate buffalo hunters whose support of academics has netted over $235,000 for scholarships and program enhancements. 

Last year Old Bill was auctioned in honor of Rob & Trisha Dove, to acknowledge their years of support and promotion of the Barton Community College Foundation. All members in attendance had the opportunity to participate in this noble cause.

This year the Old Bill Honorarium will be dedicated to the memory of Sylvan Bleeker. Sylvan was a member of the Foundation Board of Directors from 2012–2018, serving as chair in 2015-16. He served on the board during some of the most recent and difficult economic times and guided its success with his integrity, straightforward thinking, and no nonsense attitude. We are extremely grateful and cherish the time we had with Sylvan and the gift of grace and fortitude he shared with all. Sylvan was a dedicated board member, loyal volunteer, knowledgeable mentor and good friend. We are proud to honor him tonight!  

All the money raised from Old Bill will be used to fund scholarships for the next academic year (2019-2020) in memory of Sylvan Bleeker.

Old Bill will be auctioned in the following manner: The bidding will be done by donation levels beginning with $2,500. As the auctioneer announces the level of giving, all those wishing to bid that amount should raise their bidder number and it will be recorded as with any other bid – a bidding level (i.e. $1,000, $500, $100, $50 etc.) can have multiple bidders; at any giving level all those wishing to donate that amount may do so in honor of Sylvan.  

Donor: Barton Community College Foundation Board of Directors


Auction logo displaying bright colors and announcing the theme and date, which are Clowning Around and August 25, respectively.