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Yee-haw, Pacific Pointe hosts hog-killin* hoedown

Retirement center partners with King City Lions Club for a night in the Old West


by: LARRY TORREY/FOR THE REGAL COURIER - GAME NIGHT - At the King City Lions' Club first Western BBQ & Casino Night, fun was had by all, including gamblers gathered around the gaming tables, such as Elsie Battaglia and Claudia Carlson (center).The King City Lions Club's Western BBQ & Casino Night on Aug. 8 was a "fantastic event," according to Maiya Martin Burbank, the marketing/community relations director for Pacific Pointe Retirement Inn, which hosted the event.

The evening started out with a chuck wagon buffet consisting of barbecued ribs, fried chicken, baked potatoes with all the fixings, corn bread, a green salad and cobbler for dessert. While people ate, they were serenaded by award-winning yodeler Larry Wilder, who presented a wonderful program of Country & Western standards. He also led several sing-a-longs with the help of Pacific Pointe's activity director Venice Graff and weekend office manager Susan Rieben.

by: LARRY TORREY/FOR THE REGAL COURIER - DOWN ON THE RANGE - Larry Wilder, national yodeling champion and country entertainer, Venice Graff, Pacific Pointe activity director, and Susan Rieben, Pacific Pointe weekend office manager, form a singing trio in front of the fireplace.Not too long after the dinner bell rang, the casino opened on the second floor where several blackjack tables, craps and roulette were available.

The games could be played with "funny money" with the opportunity to win one of several fantastic door prizes. At the end of the evening, there were drawings for door prizes, including several amazing quilts, gift certificates to local businesses and more.

Celeste Scandiffio, the granddaughter of Lions club member Joyce Saari, won the 50/50 drawing and a check for $550.50. She planes to use the money to help her travel to her twin brother's wedding next year.

Adding to the festivities were beautiful quilts hanging in the atrium that were made by Lynette Durst, wife of Pacific Pointe's landscaper Stan Durst.

"It was a great fundraiser, with every penny made from the evening going to the King City Lion's Club," Martin Burbank said. "We love being a part of the King City community and love to have the chance to be able to help local charities in their fundraising efforts."

The next big event scheduled at Pacific Pointe is its annual Oktoberfest on Oct. 24.

(* Means a very good time in Western slang)