SCV Hospice: Have bronco-busting good time at ‘Western Casino Night’

June 09, 2010
Santa Paula News

All Cowboy Joes and Calamity Janes will have a bronco-busting time at the 4th Annual “Western Casino Night,” where there’ll be fine “grub” and a $50 “grubstake” to play all your favorite games of chance, all benefiting the River Valley Adult Day Program.

Sponsored by Santa Clara Valley Hospice/Home Support Group (SCVH/HSG), Inc. “Western Casino Night” will be held Saturday, June 26 at the historic Glen Tavern Inn (134 N. Mill St.) at the Banquet Room and in the Lobby.

Cocktails will be at 5 p.m., dinner at 5:30 p.m., and gaming will start at 5:45 p.m., although selected tables will open at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are only $65 each - $75 at the door the night of the event - and include Western style hors d’oeuvres, one courtesy drink (beer, wine or soda), $50 of casino “money” and musical entertainment. And you can write off $40 of the ticket price for this event, sponsored by the nonprofit SCVH/HSG, which operates the River Valley Adult Day Program.

Cathy Barringer, former longtime SCVH/HSG board president, said people enjoy each year’s “Western Casino Night” because “It’s relaxed, an evening of camaraderie where everyone always has a lot of fun.... And the Glen Tavern Inn really is an elegant background,” much like the high-roller gambling palaces of the Old West.

Cocktails will start the evening, featuring Western-style hot hors d’oeuvres while guests enjoy their courtesy glass of wine, beer or soda - but no sarsaparilla - followed by a gourmet “Chuck Wagon” dinner, all accompanied by musical entertainment on the wide-open spaces outside the Inn. Star chef Enzo of Enzo’s Italian Restaurant at the Glen Tavern Inn will prepare the dinner, and Barringer said the noted combo Studio C will play “during the ‘attitude adjustment’ and dinner hour.”

Reflecting the casual atmosphere is the dress code: “People can wear Western wear - and some do wear some wonderful outfits - or casual clothing or whatever” they’re most comfortable in.

Gamblers will use their fun “money” to try their luck at Texas Hold’em Poker, Black Jack, Craps, Roulette and the popular Wheel of Fortune, overseen by celebrity dealers. More gambling “money” will be available for purchase by those who are still trying to meet up with Lady Luck, and winnings will be exchanged for raffle tickets for the variety of prizes.

Last year a coveted Western-theme prize was a John Wayne standup: this year, said Barringer, “one of our raffle items is Clint Eastwood,” a standup of the famous director and actor when he starred in Italian produced “spaghetti western” films. There will also be trips and other prizes offered.

So corral your energy, polish those boots, sharpen those spurs and get ready to kick up your heels in support of The River Valley Club at this rootin’ tootin’ Western cabaret.

In Santa Paula, tickets are available at the Santa Paula Times (944 E. Main St.), Brownie’s Basement (866 E. Main St.), Santa Paula Health & Fitness (847 E. Main St.), and the Glen Tavern Inn (134 N. Mill St.). Tickets are also available in Fillmore at Mirage (508 Santa Clara St).

For more information or to make reservations, call the Santa Clara Valley Hospice/Home Support Group office at 525-1333 for more information.


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