July 4th fundraisers helped the Virgin Valley Little League become more independent.
VVLL Chairman Geno Withelder said between the Independence Day pancake breakfast held at the Mesquite Senior Center and the ice cream social held later in the day at the Eureka Casino Resort’s Community Charity Vendor Village, the Little League committee raised $970 after expenses.
“Anything we can do to generate some seed money,” Withelder told the MLN on Tuesday, July 10, before presenting a $100 check for those expenses to the senior center, located at 102 Desert Dr.
“It’s been well received so far from the community standpoint,” Withelder said of the effort to raise money to organize a Little League program in the community. “I’ve talked to some of the business people in town and they’re all behind it. People at Primex, Wall-Mart and some of the other bigger businesses – they’re absolutely all over it.
Withelder said women at the Mesquite Elks Lodge, which is sponsoring the effort, plan to hold a fundraiser bake sale soon and a golf tournament to help get the Little League get established has been scheduled for Sept. 9.
“I’ve been here (in Mesquite) fulltime 10 years. When I came I wanted to attend a Little League game and there wasn’t one,” he noted. “That’s un-constitutional!” he quipped.