Mesquite Madness raises money for charity work

Mesquite Madness was held at the CasaBlanca Ballroom on Sep. 26 and was well attended by nearly 200 Mesquite Exchange Club supporters which included members of other non-profit organizations, private residents and local business owners.

The moon was full and high over the CasaBlanca, a perfect evening for the Mesquite Exchange Club’s “Mesquite Madness” charity auction and dinner which was held Sep. 26. Photo by Teri Nehrenz.

The moon was full and high over the CasaBlanca, a perfect evening for the Mesquite Exchange Club’s “Mesquite Madness” charity auction and dinner which was held Sep. 26. Photo by Teri Nehrenz.

Nationally-recognized Tennessee Auctioneer, Randy England ran the show and even managed to get some of the attendees like Sandi Sorenson, owner of Klasik Kloset, and Patti Bjornson Secretary of the Virgin Valley Theatre Group into a friendly bidding war over a quarter page ad in View on Mesquite Magazine.

Sorenson gave up on the bidding after the comical attack by Diana McKinney, Vice President of the Virgin Valley Theatre Group.  McKinney just gave her a big ole’ bear hug so she could no longer raise her arms to bid.  Sorenson gave up saying, “They’re lucky I like them,” but McKinney’s and Bjornson’s efforts were ultimately crushed when they were eventually outbid by another local business who must not have liked them as much.  The advertising added over $200 to the charity pot.

Exchange Club members were thrilled with the attendance at the dinner with many members mentioning that the turnout far exceeded their expectations.

Paul Benedict, exchange club member, sent an email to the MLN just a week before the event saying “Ticket sales for Saturday’s Mesquite Madness really need a boost, and we could use your help with a last-minute push.”  As it turned out he didn’t need the boost after all.

Nationally-recognized Tennessee Auctioneer Randy England provided entertainment as well as a true action experience during the Mesquite Madness charity Auction and Dinner which was hosted by the Exchange Club of Mesquite and held at the CasaBlanca Resort Sep. 26.  Photo by Teri Nehrenz.

Nationally-recognized Tennessee Auctioneer Randy England provided entertainment as well as a true action experience during the Mesquite Madness charity Auction and Dinner which was hosted by the Exchange Club of Mesquite and held at the CasaBlanca Resort Sep. 26. Photo by Teri Nehrenz.

Mesquite residents stick together like glue and support each other whole-heartedly. That was evident not only by the large crowd who attended but by the number of items from private individuals and local businesses that were donated to the cause.

Money raised from this event will provide financial assistance to several local charities in the communities such as The Back to School Backpack project in Mesquite and Bunkerville, the Beaver Dam and Littlefield Backpack Project, Any Soldiers Christmas, Mesquite Reads, Angel Tree, Sub for Santa, and local Girl Scout and Boy Scout Troops.

The Exchange Club of Mesquite created and oversees the award-winning Give Me Liberty program for 5th graders at the local elementary schools. They present One Thousand Flags over Mesquite, the Proudly We Hail award, ACE (Accepting the Challenge of Excellence) scholarships, and the Remember 9/11 Ceremony in front of City Hall.

Over 200 items such as this beautifully carved gourd by Judy Cole were donated to the Mesquite Madness charity auction by private citizens as well as local businesses.  Mesquite Madness is the Exchange Club’s major fundraising event and was held at the CasaBlanca ballroom on Sep. 26.  Photo by Teri Nehrenz.

Over 200 items such as this beautifully carved gourd by Judy Cole were donated to the Mesquite Madness charity auction by private citizens as well as local businesses. Mesquite Madness is the Exchange Club’s major fundraising event and was held at the CasaBlanca ballroom on Sep. 26. Photo by Teri Nehrenz.

For more information on how you can become involved or help support the Exchange Club of Mesquite call: 702-346-6633.

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