On February 28 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., the Golden West Casino at 91 E. Mesquite Boulevard is sponsoring a Donkey Jamboree benefiting Peaceful Valley Donkey Rescue (PVDR). This event will feature live donkeys from the donkey rescue satellite adoption center in Scenic, AZ, along with live music by Scotty of Groovy Tunes and an appearance by the Mesquite Showgirls. Hotdogs, beer and wine will be available for purchase at $2 each.

Mark Myers, the founder of the rescue, will be present along with Doc Darlin, Head of Adoptions and Public Outreach. PVDR’s Donkey Extravaganza booths will be set up along with showings of the newly released video, “Forgotten- the Plight of the American Donkey”.

All proceeds for this event go directly to the PVDR.

The Scenic Satellite opened in 2010 and is the project of Joan Dunkle and Fred Clark. After learning about PVDR they wanted to help with this worthwhile project.Donkey Jamboree flyer

Peaceful Valley Donkey Rescue was started by Mark and Amy Meyers as a backyard hobby over a decade ago.  After purchasing their first donkey Izzy as a pet, the Meyers’ began to notice other donkeys in their community that were in various stages of abuse and neglect.  Not knowing exactly what to do, Amy began buying up these donkeys and Mark spent his evenings talking to the donkeys and fixing their various ailments.  It was after the 25th donkey came into the Meyers’ home that they decided to open an actual Rescue so that they would be able to find safe, loving homes for their donkeys.

This simple gesture of love has turned into the largest donkey rescue of its kind. The Meyers’ still stay involved in the day to day operations of the Rescue but they also manage a large staff that ensure the well-being of the over 3,000 donkeys under their care. Under the Meyers’ direction, Peaceful Valley has grown with facilities all across the United States.

Mark and PVDR have been featured both nationally and internationally in television, documentaries, radio and nearly every major market newspaper in the United States. He has authored 4 books. His public speaking engagements include business organizations, service clubs and classrooms ranging from the kindergarten to university level. Mark brings his lively desert adventures, heart-warming rescue stories and living philosophy of compassion everywhere he goes. Learn more about the rescue at www.donkeyrescue.org