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TABLE OF CONTENTS Foundation Board of Directors Mike Clifton • Suzanne Coin • Carolyn Connell Pam Cross • Tom Estep • Vicki Forbes Evan Funk • Alan Jaax • Janice Jones Lance Lechtenberg • Teri Monteferrante Ryan Murry • Jessica Ohman Dalton Patterson • Forrest Rhodes Jeremy Sundgren • Rod Young

Ex Officio Dr. Kim Krull, President Eileen Dreiling, Trustee Liaison

Foundation Staff Stacy Cofer Vice President of Advancement 316.323.6729 | Mary Moon Executive Director of Community Advancement 316.218.6338 | Averie Nelson Assistant Director of Development & Scholarships 316.323.6737 | Hayley Hobbs Assistant Director of Donor Relations 316.323.6734 | Debbie Sharp Director of Finance 316.323.6733 | Chelsey Barnhart Office Specialist 316.323.673 |


Table of Contents


Stacy Cofer Farewell




Butler Benefit Auction: “Butleropoly!”


Hubbard Award of Excellence Winner


Transfer Scholarships


Alumni Highlight: Keith Darlington


Online Education


Livestock Judging Team National Champions


Butler/KU Nursing Graduates


Day of Giving

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fter 18 wonderful, transformative, and professionally satisfying years as Vice President of Advancement for the Butler Foundation, I am excited to enter a new chapter of my life—retirement! Change, though unpopular, is inevitable and I believe the Foundation is in a place of stability with great leadership to elevate it even more. The Board of Directors is committed to staying on the course that we have set and expects to maintain the momentum of the work that takes place. The mission of the Foundation–to build relationships that increase opportunities for our students–has been my daily inspiration throughout my time at Butler. I have seen tremendous growth in the ways we are able to help students be successful and reach their educational goals and dreams. When I started working here, we awarded $30,000 in scholarships, if we were able! Today we give away nearly $1 million to our students. Sometimes I have to say that out loud to myself to remember that it is true! It is also remarkable to reflect upon the physical transformations that have been a tremendous part of my tenure at the college. From the Art Without Walls campus beautification project to the BG Products Veterans Sports Complex–of which our stellar athletics teams and the community are so worthy–there have been so many landmark events and accomplishments in a short amount of time. All of this brings me back to you–the donor. I have been incredibly blessed to work with kind, intelligent, generous, and supremely talented people throughout the years. You have given me wisdom and advice, mentored me, and enabled me to learn and grow. Butler as a whole would never be who we are today without everything donors provide. You are just as much a part of the Butler Family as all of the students, faculty, and staff who are on campus daily. You touch the lives of students who you may never meet. That is the core of philanthropy: selflessness.

Thank you. Thank you for letting me lead the Butler Foundation to this point where I truly cannot wait to see what happens next. You never really leave Butler. From the bottom of my heart,

Stacy Cofer Vice President of Advancement



Commencement For the first time ever, Butler held commencement at the BG Products Veterans Sports Complex. Rather than having two separate ceremonies due to limited space in the gymnasium, the college elected to combine the groups of degree candidates into one ceremony. Though the Kansas wind blew, the night was festive. Congratulations, graduates!







On March 1, more than 300 guests attended this annual fundraising event to help raise $238,000 for the Foundation and student scholarships! The evening featured lots of student involvement and highlighted the great work the Foundation does.

 Bill and Marian Stuhlsatz, Dan Thompson

 Ray Connell, Bill Pickert

 Livestock Judging students volunteer and keep our event running smoothly!

 Andy and Amanda Waller


 Culinary Arts students prepared and served hors d'oeuvres with Monopoly themes.

 Joe and Teresa Samia

 Terry and Rod Young

 Paul and Camille McKesey

 Philip and Kylie Solorio

 Betsy and Scott Redler, honorary chairs

 Sally Hargrove, Terry Radebaugh, Michele Banks


 Brian Warren, Herb Krumsick, Ray Connell, Tom McKibban, Steve Funk

 Culinary arts and hospitality management students transformed the evening!

 Smorgaschords

 Kristen Larneng, Suzanne Coin, Rune Larneng, Doug Coin

 Beth Bower, Betsy and Scott Redler, Mary Moon


 Bobbie Jaax, Kelsey Sundgren

 Jill and Dan Thompson

 Judy Cross, Cary Morris

 Many thanks, as always, to Sundgren Realty for their expert auctioneering.

 Tiffany Rhodes, Sherri Conard, Angie Hurt

 Jessica and Chris Tarbell

 Mike and Vicki Young

 Noteables as Dice Roll Girls

 Medical Innovative Solutions Table


2019 HUBBARD AWARD of Excellence Enthusiastic. Positive. Kind. Energetic. These words have been used over and over again to describe Abilene, Kansas, native Claudia Hess, this year’s Hubbard Award of Excellence winner. “As a student, she has demonstrated several qualities that will serve her well in her future academic and professional career,” wrote Professor Ruth Meyer in her recommendation letter of Claudia. Coming to Butler on a volleyball scholarship was the only thing Claudia was sure of as she entered her freshman year of college. While fulfilling that dream, she discovered her new purpose in life–to study engineering.

“Between the hardworking professors at Butler, the connections that this college has brought me, and the passion I have for my major, I am more excited about my future now than ever before,” Claudia wrote in her application essay. Claudia will pursue her studies at Kansas State University. Between Butler and beginning at K-State, Claudia will participate in a competitive summer engineering research experience for undergraduates sponsored by the National Science Foundation at Florida Atlantic University–an impressive feat Claudia credits to her instructors who presented the opportunity to her.


“The amount of effort that my professors have put into me inspires me to put forth that effort into my career,” Claudia said. “In addition to teaching me about hard work, they have taught me that caring about individual people is even more important.” At Butler, Claudia played on the volleyball team; tutored fellow students in math, physics, and chemistry; was a chemical lab assistant on campus; and was a resident assistant–earning Resident Assistant of the Year at the Student Life Awards held in April.

“Claudia shows what kind of opportunities arise when a student makes the very most of their time at Butler,” Vice President of Advancement Stacy Cofer said. “With hard work, determination, and participation you can achieve amazing things and set the bar high for those who follow.” As with so many students who do not know what to expect during their community college years, Claudia will always remember the connections she made. “Caring about a large variety of people in such a short amount of time was not something that I expected,” she said. “I will forever be thankful to Butler for revealing these passions of mine and the way that this institution has transformed me.”

HUBBARD AWARD FINALISTS Levi Harris Levi studied cyber security. He will transfer to Friends University with the goal to attain both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in cyber security. As a student at Butler, Levi was instrumental as a service desk analyst helping students, staff, and faculty with a widerange of issues involving technology. Levi’s thoughtful manner with customers always made him stand out. He works five part-time jobs, maintained a full class schedule, and participated in activities. Levi is from Augusta, Kansas.

Victoria Ruvalcaba Victoria studied cyber security. She will transfer to Friends University to complete her bachelor’s degree. Diagnosed with a learning disability early on, Victoria never let that stand in her way and has risen above to become well-respected by her peers and instructors in the cyber security program and PC Club at Butler, which she established. She understands the necessity of networking and credentials to excel in her chosen career field. Victoria is from Wichita, Kansas.

Skyler Scotten Skyler studied agriculture business. His transfer institution was undecided at the time of his application. Skyler is one of the many talented students that contribute to the livestock judging team at Butler, which is number one in the nation. Some of his recognitions include High Individual Overall at several competitions. His career goal is to go into teaching to inspire young students the way he was. Skyler is from Nevada, Missouri.

Ashley Small Ashley studied business administration. She will transfer to Friends University to major in that field with minors in marketing and management. As a student in the Early College Business and Entrepreneurship Academy, Ashley shows that with tenacity and determination a high school student can achieve just as much as her peers in college–by graduating with her high school diploma and an associate degree at the same time. Ashley is from Wichita, Kansas.


Transfer Scholarships This year the Foundation awarded eight transfer scholarships–including the Hubbard Award of Excellence– to students. Three are for high school graduates who will begin their academic career at Butler. There are four additional transfer scholarships for Butler graduates. It is exciting to continue to impact our students while they achieve their educational dreams and goals.

Winnie Broers Estate Presidential Scholarship–Abdoul Diallo Abdoul received $6,500 to study computer science at the University of Kansas. His career aspiration is to return to his home country of Guinea in West Africa and work at or eventually start a technology company that provides information technology solutions. Abdoul worked for the web services department and the fine arts box  Abdoul Diallo office as a student, was a member of the Phi Theta Kappa honor society, participated in Grizzly Ambassadors, and was president of the International Students Association at Butler.

Crossland Family Scholarship–Vivian Ochieng Vivian received $1,900 to study engineering at Pittsburg State University. She is empowered to enter a career that is male dominated and, therefore, set an example for other women. Vivian was a member of the Phi Theta Kappa honor society and volunteered for the Lord’s Diner in Wichita.


David and Shirley Longfellow BEST Scholarship–Laurie Preble Laurie received $800 to continue her studies in elementary education through the Butler/Emporia Students to Teachers (BEST) program, which offers place-bound students the opportunity to receive their bachelor’s degree through Emporia State University while staying at Butler. A wife and mother of three daughters, Laurie was recommended highly for her work ethic and determination.

Butler Community College Trustee Scholarship–Ashley Small Early College Business and Entrepreneurship student Ashley received $600 to study business administration at Friends University. As an Early College Academy student, Ashley will receive her high school diploma and her associate degree at the same time. Excelling academically, she also volunteers and is involved in many school activities– both for Butler and Augusta High School–and works as well.

 Ashley Small

Special thanks to Chris and Susan Addington, Ron and Barb Engelbrecht, Pete and Kay Ferrell, Greg and Helen Joyce, and Lance and Lisa Lechtenberg for making the Butler Community College Trustee Scholarship possible.



Alumnus Keith Darlington (’52) is one of many Butler success stories that shows how a community college serves to propel students to greatness. Q: What was your time a Butler like? Was it beneficial for your future? This is the 60th year since I graduated from Butler [El Dorado Junior College]. It was quite a different world from the current institution. My classes were in an unused grade school building with a student body of about 200. That was transformed into the present-day Butler, which is an amazing story and I am extremely proud to be part of that history. Through my high school chemistry teacher I received financial help. The financial aid from Butler was $300 which paid for ½ of the cost of books and fees for two years. Things have changed. I also had the opportunity to assist in the lab for the nurses' chemistry class.

I retired in 2001 and am enjoying fishing, golf, and traveling. Dona and I have been married for over 50 years. My family includes a son Tom, his wife Janice, and two granddaughters—Mika, 8 and Maya, 5. I am proud of them all. We moved to San Diego from Malvern, Pennsylvania in 2017. Q: How do you see Butler making a difference in students’ lives? The college provides life enhancement opportunities to members of the local community. It introduces a broad range of possibilities to those who are uncertain about where to go next in life and is a less costly way to gain a college education. Q: What is one thing you think students should know now that you learned later in life? One thing is to practice “patience and persistence". Be alert to opportunities that arise and take advantage of those that will benefit you. They may come in unexpected forms.

 Science Club 1958–1959

Q: Tell us about how you got to where you are. From Butler I went to the University of Kansas where I majored in chemistry. There I was fortunate to work for a professor who encouraged me to continue on with graduate level studies. With his help I received a teaching assistantship at the University of California Riverside (UCR). Following graduation from UCR, I spent two years as a post-doctoral fellow at the University of North Carolina. After completing my post-doctoral research, I enjoyed a career in industrial chemical research. My working career was spent with three companies in their research labs. Frequently moving, my family and I lived in six different cities in five states scattered throughout the US to take advantage of opportunities as they arose.

Q: How would you define the important role community colleges play in society? It is important that a community college first support the needs of the surrounding community, provide access to education for residents who want to continue their education. I am impressed with Butler’s efforts to offer continuing education for bachelor’s degrees from four-year institutions while staying on site in El Dorado. Q: What do you think is the most important role of an alumnus or alumna? Material support for their school is probably at the top of the list. Interaction with students and faculty through mentoring and job preparation or experience all come to mind. Q: You generously established a scholarship with Butler. How do you want to benefit students? My hope for the scholarship is that it will encourage the recipients to consider a career in one of the many STEM fields and that they will experience the joy and excitement I found throughout my academic and industrial career. I think of this as a partial repayment for the help I received at Butler.


ONLINE EDUCATION Online Education Class Option Provides Convenience, Helps Address Kansas Teacher Shortage

In a new program launched this past spring semester, Butler Community College students can obtain the first two years of their education degree online. It's a convenient option that helps busy nontraditional students, like moms Jennifer Johnson and Hilary Green and dad Tim Hall, as well as traditional students, like Blake Bachman, with a way to invest in their career. Helping students pursue education degrees will also likely help address the shortage of qualified teachers in Kansas. In 2018, according to the Kansas Department of Education, Kansas was 612 teachers short, up 19 percent from 2017. Some positions continue to remain open. Officials say that's in part because of a shortage of qualified teachers. With Butler's program that helps reduce the barriers of cost and time in getting an education degree, more individuals can join the career field. Several students in Butler's education program work full time to keep their college debt at a minimum or have other monetary obligations, such as caring for children. Coordinating work or parenting schedules with a specific class schedule can be a barrier to pursuing a degree.


After receiving a degree from Butler, students can easily transfer their credits to finish a bachelor's degree at a four-year college or university and move to the head of the classrooms as teachers. For Bachman, Green, Hall, and Johnson, attending an inperson class isn't always convenient. Students do have the option of taking all of their education classes online, but all four used a hybrid schedule of in-person and online classes.

“The quality will remain strong whether it’s online or face-to-face,” said Brian Dye, instructional technology specialist. “Because of the low cost, the student can get a return on investment while they are working.” Hall, who cares for his family's two elementary-age daughters, said he's found the online classes “real user-friendly.” Sometimes students shy away from an online option, wondering if technology will get in the way of their learning. With the online class option, the students are not beholden to a time-specific rigid class schedule to pursue their dream of becoming a teacher. Being able to determine the time they devote to their studies gives students the option to continue employment, care for kids, or study at their most optimal times day or night. “I really like taking online classes because it lets me work at my pace,” said Bachman, 19, who has plans of being a high school mathematics teacher. He likes to get his online coursework done at the beginning of the week and then spends the remainder of the week on his more time-specific in-person classes.

“The online courses are superconvenient,"…said Green, 31, a Wichita mother who plans to become an elementary school teacher. "They allow me to work full time and still get the experience of higher education.”

dig deeper into the content. Instead of moving at the teacher’s pace, I can move at my pace,” said Green, echoing Bachman's sentiment about online courses being more self-paced. Johnson of Derby, 29, enjoys having the choice of taking either an in-person class or an online course. Since her husband's death almost two years ago, she's been raising their 5- and 7-year-old children on her own. “Online classes help me out a lot,” Johnson said. “I do them when the kids are in bed. The convenience is awesome. If it wasn’t for the online classes, I would not be able to graduate when I need to.”

Green enjoys the amount of content she gets served up online and the amount of time she can spend understanding the concepts. With an online class, she's not limited to learning within a certain class period or at a certain pace.

“Online, I have that time that I can


Livestock Judging Team

National Champions Agriculture doesn’t stop at the Butler County line, the Kansas state line, or the entire Midwest region for that matter. The Livestock Judging Team can attest to that fact. From California to Virginia, Colorado to Georgia, and throw Arkansas in the mix too–these states and multiple others are called home by Butler’s agriculture students. Though they may start out miles apart, they come together at Butler. “For me, growing up in Virginia, there aren’t any junior colleges that have livestock judging programs this competitive,” said Sarah-Jane French, sophomore from Cumberland, Virginia. Butler Community College has one of the most competitive livestock judging teams in the nation, winning “Team of the Year” for the third year in a row. Butler has built a reputation that draws student attention from all corners of the country. The students bring experience from various agricultural areas that help diversify Butler’s program. Not all venues of agriculture reside in Kansas so the involvement from out-ofstate students makes Butler’s ag program special. Lettuce, strawberries, artichokes, and garlic from California; rice and forestry from Arkansas; poultry from Georgia; and swine, sheep, goats, and row crops from various other states are examples of the wide variety of student backgrounds that are represented. Not only does this diversify the program, it gives Kansas students an opportunity to experience other parts of agriculture unattainable in this region. “Honestly, I really enjoy it,” said Sam Gleason, sophomore from Maple Hill, Kansas, regarding the number of out-of-state students involved in the program. He added, “I can teach them all what goes on in Kansas like pasture burning.”

“The connections that I thought I would make here have grown to be a number I never imagined. I’ve met so many people across the country–I think it’s so valuable,” said French. “I knew I was going to meet a bunch of people, but I honestly didn’t think that I was going to meet people from all four corners of the United States. My brother went here, my cousin went here, and I saw Butler do a bunch of good,” said Gleason. Butler students continually converse with potential ag students to initiate an interest in the program. Now other out-of-state areas have Butler on their radar. Erica Bowles, sophomore from Santa Maria, California, commented, “A lot of us…already knew people who had gone through this program and had such good things to say about it–that kind of paved the way for us, and we’re trying to do that for the people who come in next.” A trend of Butler-bound students have trickled from the Santa Maria region of California since 2013, according to Bowles. Butler gains reputation in areas like this one when family and friends learn of its ag name. The livestock judging process ranks just as high in time commitment as any other sport. It requires continual training and learning to grade various livestock species. The industry changes on a continual basis because the needs and wants of the market change. The students must prepare for these market shifts and train to judge every animal a specific way. The end goal is consumer satisfaction, and the livestock judging team must adapt to industry needs in a consumer-controlled market. According to Taylor Frank, livestock judging coach, keeping up with consumer habits help in the process of selective breeding. The market fluctuates and changes on a cyclical basis.

Ag education across different regions brings the community closer together and grows relationships needed for the future of the industry. It is these types of connections Butler students create to strengthen the program overall.

“Trends come and go like pairs of shoes,” said Daniel Dobbs, sophomore from Carnesville, Georgia.

One may wonder how students from all over the country come to El Dorado, Kansas to judge livestock, but Gleason answers the question with two words, “connections and reputation.”

For the technical side of the competition, students judge four species—cattle, swine, sheep, and goats. It takes 10 to 12 minutes to judge each class in which students will rank the animal. After they have analyzed an animal, they must give an oral reason to an official. An oral reason is likened to a


 (L–R Back Row) Joe Leibbrandt, department chair; Daniel Dobbs, Carnesville, Georgia; Connor Vernon, Nipomo, California; Evan Witte, Wilkinson,

Indiana; Austin Vieselmeyer, Holyoke, Colorado; Skyler Scotten, Nevada, Missouri; and Taylor Frank, livestock judging coach. (L–R Front Row) Sam Gleason, Maple Hill, Kansas; Sarah-Jane French, Cumberland, Virginia; Erica Bowles, Santa Maria, California; Sarah Allbritton, Mayflower, Arkansas; Madi Andrade, San Juan Bautista, California; and James Brandt Downing, Culver, Oregon.

“definitive speech,” according to Frank. Judges grade upon accuracy, ability to present, creativity, and uniqueness.

“The academics and the school are held to a very high standard,” said Vernon.

“First impression is everything when you walk in the door,” said French. She added, “You have to sell yourself and make sure you let them know you’re right.”

The students appreciate the support they have received the last two years. They recognize the administration’s care and honor of their accomplishments.

Students start practicing about a week before school starts in the fall. To prepare for national competitions, the judging team travels around the Midwest and practices judging a plethora of livestock a week in advance. The national competitions are in Kansas City, Missouri; Louisville, Kentucky; Denver, Colorado; Ft. Worth, Texas; San Antonio, Texas; and Houston, Texas. Butler's degree programs include Agriculture, Agribusiness, Farm and Ranch Management, Livestock Management and Merchandising, Food Science Business, and Food Science Technology. The variety of paths a student can take helps them decide their next direction and future goals.

Sarah Allbritton, sophomore from Mayflower, Arkansas, believes her teammates will be friends even after they split up to attend various universities. “The amount of time these livestock judging team members spend together...makes them pretty much like family,” said Frank. He added, “I think building those connections is important for the success that we have.” The Butler agriculture department has definitely built a program that faculty, staff, and students have come to love. It is a special place and has created a name for itself in agriculture and higher education.

“I think a big life goal is that probably all of us want to make a positive difference in the ag industry, whether it be in the “When Taylor asked me to come visit and I came out here, I fell classroom, in a business, or innovating a new way for the in love with, not only the school, but just the atmosphere and industry...we’re all just trying to make a positive difference for that’s really what drew me in,” said French. the industry because agriculture is the backbone of the United States,” said Connor Vernon, sophomore from Nipomo, California. She added, “I definitely see myself coming back to visit because I have grown to love El Dorado and Butler County.” Even though the sophomore livestock judgers are now taking the next step after Butler, they have great respect for the college and will value the special times they spent with each other.


Butler/KU Nursing Nursing Program Partnership Helps Butler Community College Students Earn Associate, Bachelor's Degrees in Two Years Ashley Looft knew that if she wanted to have more opportunities in her nursing career, she would need to pursue a bachelor's degree after earning her associate degree in nursing at Butler Community College. Because of a new partnership program, Looft didn't need to tack on another two years to her education plan however. She was able to earn the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree in the same two years she was earning her associate degree through the Butler ADN/University of Kansas BSN partnership program. “When I was told I was eligible, I figured I might as well do it since it would be cheaper and I wouldn't need to go back to school,� said Looft, who is now a nurse at Ascension Via Christi St. Francis Hospital in Wichita.


Graduates In December 2018, Looft and Denise Johnson were the first two Butler graduates of the partnership program, which started in 2016.

Twenty-nine Butler students are currently enrolled in the program, according to Christy Streeter, dean of Health, Education and Public Services. Six of those students (pictured on page 19) graduated in May, and three partnership students have already been accepted into KU's Doctorate of Nursing Practice program, she added. More U.S. hospitals are requiring or preferring to hire registered nurses who already have a BSN, particularly those that want to pursue what is known as magnet status. Given by the credentialing affiliate of the American Nurses Status, magnet status is the highest recognition a hospital can receive for its nursing, indicating the organization attracts, retains, and

encourages the development of quality nurses and has met other quality workplace indicators. Another factor contributing to preferential hiring of BSN graduates is a 2010 report on the future of the nursing workforce that recommended that the number of nurses with BSN degrees increase to 80 percent by 2020. The report was issued by the former Institute of Medicine (now the Health and Medicine Division) of the National Academies of Science. For Johnson, originally from New Mexico, getting into the ADN/ BSN program at Butler checked all the right boxes–from being able to earn the eventual BSN degree she wanted to getting it finished in a timely manner. She was interested in getting an Associate Degree in Nursing at Butler where her sister-in-law had completed her degree, but she also knew about the trend that several hospitals prefer BSN graduates. As a 46-year-old nontraditional student, however, Johnson felt going back to school for a BSN degree after getting an ADN would be difficult. “I chose to do this program for time management purposes since I could finish in two years,” said Johnson, who is an RN at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita and also works as an RN as needed at the Sedgwick County Detention Center. Time management plays a major role in completing the program, Looft said. It takes dedication and hard work, she said, particularly since the students take on the coursework of two degrees simultaneously.

Johnson agreed. “It is a challenge. You need to manage your time well and make sacrifices. You can succeed if you are dedicated…and it's worth it in the end.” For the ADN degree, students receive face-to-face instruction for their 36 credit hours of nursing classes at Butler and take 30 credits of KU nursing classes for the BSN degree online.

 (L–R) Vanessa Norwood-Kiddey, Joseph Stroud,

Sonia Nelson, Brittany Grabill, Leeann Sanchez and Dylan Walker were the six Butler students who earned a University of Kansas Bachelor of Nursing (BSN) degree and an associate degree in nursing from Butler Community College. Their red, white and blue cords symbolize their KU BSN degree.

The BSN portion of their studies adds about six credit hours of online classes each semester, said Pamela Barnes, an associate dean with KU's School of Nursing. Students have to choose to enroll in the partnership program at the beginning of their nursing studies at Butler and must meet the admission requirements of the nursing programs at both Butler and KU to be accepted.

“We wanted to partner with community colleges to offer students a choice,” Barnes said. “Most students want to stay in their community to complete their education and that is one of the benefits” of the program. KU has partnered with a total of seven community colleges to offer this program; all of the community college nursing students are enrolled together in the KU online classes. Students pay tuition to both Butler and KU for each program's respective classes, which can create a challenge when it comes to federal financial aid. To help students; however, Barnes' office has a dedicated advisor for partnership students. Butler's traditional ADN program continues to be a strong draw for many students, but giving students more educational options was important, said Butler officials.


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DAY OF GIVING On April 10 we held our first ever Day of Giving to encourage donors, especially our Butler Family, to give to the Foundation online. That day, thanks to our vendor waiving credit card fees for 24 hours, 100 percent of the gifts made online went to whatever fund was most important to our employees. We set a modest goal of $1,000 and are happy to say that the Butler Family more than doubled that goal! Thank you for helping students finish what they start.


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Spring 2019 Butler Foundation Magazine  

The bi-annual magazine produced by the Butler Foundation for constituents and alumni.

Spring 2019 Butler Foundation Magazine  

The bi-annual magazine produced by the Butler Foundation for constituents and alumni.

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