With more than 300 attendees, the event brought together many of the non-profit groups, community activists, businesses and politicians together for some free food and great weather.
“It was a huge success,” said MLN Editor Barbara Ellestad. “It was a lot of work but well worth it in building community goodwill and support. Lots of people asked to do it again next year.”
With help from members of the Mesquite Elks Lodge, who cooked more than 500 pieces of meat, many residents enjoyed hamburgers or hotdogs and water while meeting some of the core groups that influence the community. The local car club had about 10 vehicles on display. Peaceful Valley Donkey Rescue also brought two of their famous donkeys out for the community, as they gear up for their busy season of shows and appearances across Southern Nevada.
Mesquite Showgirls also assisted with the crowds and sold raffle tickets for some high ticket items. The MLN offered three prizes with the money donated to Mesquite Reads, a program that assists third grade students during the summer at Virgin Valley Elementary School organized by the Eureka Community Initiative. In total, $220 was raised to go towards next year’s program.
Winning the top prize, a free half page ad with the MLN, was Joni Robinson. She works
with the Ms. Senior Mesquite Pageant, which is currently recruiting for contestants in their April 2017 contest. “This is amazing,” she said.
Other prize winners included Dorothy McMurray, who won a free night stay at the CasaBlanca Casino Resort and Sherry Gosdis, who won a free dinner at Katherine’s Steakhouse.
Other groups who had booths set up also offered raffles for prizes, including the Mesquite Recreation Center and a raffle for funds to go towards Mesquite Cancer Help Society. A few of Mesquite’s finest firefighters also showed up to “Pass the Boot” for the same cause.
“It was a great day! We look forward to bringing more events like this to the community,” said Ellestad.