By MAUREEN ROSE
Gold Standard Acting Editor
The 2014 Gold Rush, an annual event sponsored by the Fort Knox Spouses and Community Club, was held Saturday night at the Saber & Quill. More than 600 guests attended the party with a Wild West theme, complete with a jail, saloon girls, poker tables and cowboys. Guests were invited to join in the spirit, so kerchiefs, high-heeled boots and Stetsons were in abundance.
The night included silent and live auctions for donated gifts as well as spirited bidding for wooden horses decorated with military themes and crests to represent the various commands which created the horses. Of course, commanders are reluctant to let outsider bidders take home the horse their unit representatives have decorated and donated, so the bidding reached hundreds of dollars for the wooden horses.
The good-natured auctions proceeded well into the night with the last cowboy leaving well after midnight. Erika Gudenkauf, the FKSCC president, said that about $25,000 was collected for this year’s charities which include the Hardin County Schools BackPack Program (which feeds nearly 600 students each week by sending home canned goods in youngsters’ backpacks) as well as scholarships and grants for various community events.