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Auction brings in the bucks

By Lilly Flores-Janecek | 37th Training Wing Public Affairs Office | Nov. 1, 2007

LACKLAND AIR FORCE BASE, TEXAS — The first Lackland Officer's Spouses' Club Oktoberfest held Oct. 26 raised more than $2,000 for the organization that awards scholarships to military family members and donates thousands of dollars each year to various military related charities.

About a hundred people attended the festive event, with many of the guests donning traditional German and Bavarian attire.

The Oktoberfest featured wine tasting, as well as a silent and live auction.

"This event came together with the support and assistance of so many individuals," said Kim Teel, LOSC program co-chairman. "We could not have done it without their help."

Thirty-two items were donated by local businesses and Team Lackland squadrons and members.

"We are overwhelmed by the generosity of the people that gave baskets and items to be sold," said Lucinda Rogers, LOSC program co-chairman. "We are also humbled by the generosity of those that came to bid and support the LOSC in our charitable causes."

One of the big ticket items was an antique drop leaf table Brig. Gen. Darrell Jones, 37th Training Wing commander, refinished and donated to the group. It spurred a bidding war and sold for $400 to Charles Mullins, the manager of the Gateway Club.

Mr. Mullins said he was compelled to buy the table for sentimental reasons and plans to gift it to a loved one. He said it resembles a family heirloom.

The LOSC is hoping to make the Oktoberfest an annual event.

"It was so much fun. It gave us a chance to meet the spouses and make new friends," said Debbie Graham.