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November 11, 2011

Local couple pledge $5,000 to Training Center capital campaign


pledgeWith the Open House for the Travis Hafner Training Center to take place from 1-4 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 19, the final details on the facility are being taken care of. Seeing the tremendous value of the Training Center, Bob and Ronda Brumback recently gave $5,000 for the naming rights to one of the coach’s offices.

Both Bob and Ronda grew up in Arkansas City and have raised their four children here. They like to give back to the youth in the community and saw the opportunity to help with the Training Center as a way to do that.

Ben Schears, vice president of institutional advancement at Cowley College, appreciates the Brumback’s contribution to the Travis Hafner Training Center campaign.

“They jumped on board to support the campaign because they wanted to see youth impacted and they realize those same youth will one day have the opportunity to give back – just like Travis Hafner did,” Schears said.

Bob recently retired from ADM Milling Company, while Ronda is a secretary at Blessing Heights Church in Ark City. The couple is happy to have the Travis Hafner Training Center added to the Arkansas City community.

“The facility is beautiful,” Bob Brumback said. “It is going to be a big plus for the south end of town.”
The Brumback’s daughter, Jeanna Retena, graduated from Cowley College in 1998, while their son, Matthew, graduated from the school in 2001. The Brumback’s other children are, Tammy Tavarez and Christy Merry.

Fundraising for the campaign is in the final stages and individuals interested in providing a gift to the campaign can contact Ben Schears with Cowley College’s Endowment Association at 620-441-5245.

Pictured, from left, Ben Schears, Bob Brumback, Ronda Brumback, executive director of alumni and development Shannon Massey, and Cowley College president Dr. Patrick J. McAtee.