Osan goes back to the Wild West

OSAN AIR BASE, Republic of Korea -- For one night, the Officers' Club is going to be transformed into a 19th-century, old-West town, complete with a general store, casino and live entertainment.

The Osan Officers' Spouses' Club is hosting its 27th Annual Wild West Night Feb. 3 at the club from 6-11 p.m. It is open to all Department of Defense card holders who are at least 18 years old.

The night will feature several games including craps, black jack and poker. A band and can-can dancers will entertain the crowd.

"All proceeds from the night will go into our welfare fund," said Mrs. Sharon Waller, Wild West Night co-chair. "We use this fund for the betterment of the community including our OOSC scholarships and to help organizations like the Girl and Boy Scouts, local orphanages, the American Red Cross, the USO and others."

Throughout the night, people will also have the opportunity to send people to "jail" by buying a warrant for their arrest. In order to get out, the individual must come before a judge and make bail, though without buying a special "get out of jail" pass that exempts someone all night, an individual may be sent to jail over and over again.

Along with all the entertainment, there will also be a live auction featuring Brig. Gen. Joe Reynes, 51st Fighter Wing commander, as the auctioneer, as well as a silent auction.

"Everyone who purchases a ticket to Wild West Night will be given $200 in funny money," Mrs. Waller said. "More money can be purchased for $1 per $100 of funny money from the bank. The money is used for everything except the auctions due to the high price on some of the items."

Mrs. Waller said the night would not be possible without volunteers, and the organization is still looking for them. Anyone who is interested in volunteering for anything, including card dealing, should send an e-mail to kreynes@aol.com.

"Last year's event was a lot of fun," she said. "We are hoping this year's event turns out just as well, if not better."

Last year, the Officers' Spouses' Club gave back $41,000 to the community through its welfare fund, $15,000 of which was raised by the Wild West Night, making it one of the largest events sponsored by the spouses' club.

Tickets are on sale today at the Base Exchange for $7. Tickets may be purchased at the door for $10.