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Butler Community College Foundation Announces Results of Annual Auction

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Janice Schremmer holds one of the goldendoodle puppies auctioned off at this year's Butler Community College Foundation Auction. (Photo: Gianna Scott)
Published: Thursday, March 21st, 2024

“Havana Nights” event raises a quarter of a million dollars for Butler students.

The Butler Community College Foundation held its 27th annual Butler Benefit Auction on Friday, March 1, with the theme “Havana Nights.” Having consistently ranked in the Wichita Business Journal’s Top 25 Fundraising Events, the annual auction supports over 9,000 Butler students and their families every year. Thanks to the evening’s corporate sponsors, including Platinum Sponsor HF Sinclair, more than $262,000 was raised.

Tom Borrego, Vice President of the Butler Community College Foundation, was pleased with the results of the auction and the evening itself. “The auction is a special time for our friends to come together on campus to have fun and learn about the impact of their generosity,” Borrego said. “We are grateful for their continued support of our students and the college. We couldn't do it without them!”

Highlights of the night included the auctioning of two Goldendoodle puppies which went for over $8,000, and four luxury suite tickets to a Kansas City Chiefs home game, with VIP parking and all-inclusive food and drink, for $13,000. The puppies were donated by Julie Smith of Riverwood Doodles and the Chiefs tickets were donated by Gary and Gretchen Oborny of Occidental Management and Auburn Wine & Spirits East.

Former local TV anchor and Butler graduate Austin Clift was the MC for the event, and Butler alum Jeremy Sundgren served as auctioneer. Current Butler students representing the livestock judging team, BCTV, the Hospitality Management and Culinary Arts program, Butler athletics and the Fine Arts department made significant contributions to the evening’s success.

More than $62,000 was raised during the Pure Philanthropy portion of the evening, in which bidders donated directly to scholarships for students instead of bidding on a specific auction item. Portions of this year’s Pure Philanthropy funds will go toward establishing a scholarship in honor of Butler President Dr. Kim Krull’s retirement.

Those interested in attending, sponsoring or donating to next year’s auction, scheduled for Friday, March 7, 2025, should contact Jennifer Green-Miracle at 316-323-6338 or jgreenmiracl@butlercc.edu.