Girls raise funds with fun

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Carolee Seal tries a pink hair accent.

Carolee Seal tries a pink hair accent.

Festive holiday table setting was accented by individual goodie bags and Danielles chocolates

Festive holiday table setting was accented by individual goodie bags and Danielles chocolates

Jean Watkins tries new nail color

Jean Watkins tries new nail color

Phyllis Litman arranged prize packages

Phyllis Litman arranged prize packages

Sandy McConnell was pleased winner of watercolor painting by Gayle Pfeiffer

Sandy McConnell was pleased winner of watercolor painting by Gayle Pfeiffer

The Mesquite Fine Arts Gallery was dressed with festive fun

The Mesquite Fine Arts Gallery was dressed with festive fun

The Mesquite Showgirls welcomed the guests in holiday style

The Mesquite Showgirls welcomed the guests in holiday style

VVAA fundraising chair Elaine Murphy and party event chair Sandra Evin prepare for their guests

VVAA fundraising chair Elaine Murphy and party event chair Sandra Evin prepare for their guests

It was holiday festive and extraordinary fun at the Mesquite Fine Arts Gallery in October 29 when 40 women gathered for a girls’ glamour day to benefit the Virgin Valley Artists Association community art education program.  The popularity of the party proved that true to its name, “Girls Just Want to Have Fun.”

Event chairperson Sandra Evin and her committee pulled together many moving parts to stage this high-spirited party that featured a fashion show, local spa and salon vendors, great prizes and delicious homemade desserts.  After being greeted by costumed Mesquite Showgirls,  guests were treated to the opportunity to try out new hair styling, nail colors, and wigs they might never think of without girlfriends’ encouragement.  Relaxing hand and chair massages were available, along with exotic henna hand painting, and a personalize peek into the future.

The success of the day was made possible by the enthusiastic participation of local vendors who donated their expert services and wares.  Coleyne Angel and Dorothy McMurray, owners of Have Boutique Will Travel, headlined the afternoon with a mini fashion show.  Several models circulated the room wearing chic ensembles from their “must-visit” store.   Models and guests showed off wigs from Darlene Heckman’s Crazy for Hair Salon and Wig Emporium as the room filled with admiring chatter.  As Susan Feraco from SaHaira Salon did hair makeovers, Mandy Meyer drew artful hand designs in henna, a temporary substitute for a tattoo.  Soothing  hand massages were offered by Bonnie Hexum from The View Salon, while Karrin Harro of Shereen’s Hair and Nails and Kathy Cranston of Desert Oasis Spa and Salon applied wild new nail art.   Mandy King piqued interest with her Tarot card readings while Kim Payne of Oasis Chiropractic gently calmed those who came her way for a relaxing chair massage.

Between glamour appointments, guests met new friends and enjoyed apple cider, donated by Smith’s, and delicious desserts home-baked by VVAA members.  Each table was set with decoratives and holiday paper and plastic wares available at the local Dollar Tree store.  Each place setting was topped off by a party favor bag filled with theatre passes from Redd Hills Cinema and beauty supplies donated by Nancy Mitchell Walker.  Individual decorated boxes of scrumptious truffles from Danielle’s Chocolates of Mesquite delighted all.

No party is complete without prizes.  Phyllis Litman organized an enticing collection of gifts sponsored by The Eureka Casino Resort, Karron Knight, Sonny Boy’s BBQ, Mesquite Rec Center, Have Boutique Will Travel, Fusion Salon, and Gayle Pfeiffer.  A beautiful gift basket designed by Karlynn Jones and donated by Elaine Murphy was the grand prize taken home by lucky guest Debby Burton.

Virgin Valley Artists Association plans more exciting fundraiser events.   Watch for ticket sales for the January 15 “Baby It’s Cold Outside” party, and “Hat and Gloves” tea party on April 15.  Admission to those events is available to advance ticket holders.  The annual VVAA “Art in the Yard Sale” will be held on March 14, with donations welcomed for the yard sale.  Please contact VVAA at the Mesquite Fine Arts Gallery, 702-346-1338, Monday through Saturday, 10a-4pm.

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