Big Benefit Auction crowd

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 “Boots& Brews” and tickets are $50 each or $400 per table of eight, available until Aug. 12. CLICK HERE to purchase online. No tickets will be sold at the door. The doors open at 5:30pm August 27 at the Great Bend Columbus Club with complimentary beer and food available until 8pm 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.