Holiday Vendor Village brightens Mesquite’s Non-Profit Christmas

Jean Watkins was on hand at the Eureka’s Holiday Vendor Village which was held along with the Community Charity Pasta Garden at Eureka’s Town Square Buffet on Dec. 8. Photo by Teri Nehrenz

Jean Watkins was on hand at the Eureka’s Holiday Vendor Village which was held along with the Community Charity Pasta Garden at Eureka’s Town Square Buffet on Dec. 8. Photo by Teri Nehrenz

Eureka’s Community Fundraiser, Pasta Garden and Holiday Vendor Village, held at the Eureka Casino’s Town Square Buffet on Dec. 8, enabled patrons to eat a delicious meal, gather information on volunteer groups or 501c3 non-profit organizations and contribute to them all at the same time.

Vendors from various arts groups such as the Greater Mesquite Arts Foundation, Virgin Valley Theatre Group, Mesquite Arts Council, Ms. Senior Mesquite, Virgin Valley Artists Association, Mesquite Showgirls and the Mesquite Toes Tap Team were in attendance handing out performance and show schedules along with information on volunteer opportunities to those who ventured by their tables.  Tickets to some of the performances were even on hand and for sale during the Vendor Village times.

Civic organizations such as the Girl Scouts of America, The Salvation Army, Knights of Columbus, the Elks, Mesquite Reads, Relay for Life and C.E.R.T. were glad to take donations and give information on all of the support these groups provide to various individuals and organizations in the area.

Animal rescue organizations such as We Care for Animals and Peaceful Valley Donkey Rescue were selling toys and other miscellaneous items to raise money for their organizations as well as taking donations and adoption/foster applications for the animals. Peaceful Valley Donkey Rescue even had a character in donkey costume to greet the guests who ventured into the village.

Volunteers from the various organizations were very happy to participate in the Holiday Vendor Village for various reasons.  Janet McDonald, president of the VVTG said, “With everything the Eureka does for the community and everything they’ve done for us, there is no way we weren’t going to be here for them and participate.”  That thought summed up the way most of the organizations feel about the Eureka and participating in their events; they’re happy to be involved with a business that does so much for their community.

Vendors such as We Care for Animals’ Joanne Migliozzi, Nancy Robillard, Karen Taylor and Sandy Hughes had tables full of items to be sold to raise money for their non-profit organizations.  Photo by Teri Nehrenz.

Vendors such as We Care for Animals’ Joanne Migliozzi, Nancy Robillard, Karen Taylor and Sandy Hughes had tables full of items to be sold to raise money for their non-profit organizations. Photo by Teri Nehrenz.

Pasta Garden patrons were eager to gather all the information on the community groups, find out what there is to do in Mesquite and donate to their favorite organizations.  Many of the donation jars were filling at a decent rate and group representatives were very pleased with the amount of donations they received and the generosity of the community members who came through.

The meal itself wasn’t too bad either by the looks of the many patrons who walked out with hands on bellies and sounds coming in the form of “Oh my goodness, I ate too much”, or something similar.

Ten percent of all money collected from the Pasta Garden meals will be split between the organizations who participated in the Holiday Vendor Village.

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