To the Editor:

I would like to take a moment to say “thank you” to the Ms. Senior Mesquite Pageant Committee for the gala celebration on Saturday to recognize all the women in Mesquite who have participated in the Ms. Senior Mesquite Pageant over the last ten years, and who continue to contribute so much of their time and effort to many different causes in our community today.

The Gala also included a fashion show, a founder presentation, the final walk of Ms. Senior Mesquite 2014 and the inaugural walk of Ms. Senior Mesquite 2015.

This massive project required months of coordination and work behind the scenes, from tracking down contestants who have moved since they entered the pageant, to getting invitations out, setting up a multi-purpose venue with refreshments and beautiful table decorations,  planning  a fashion show, getting community support for the many door prizes, creating a script, a slide show with some humorous moments, arranging for an emcee and an escort for the queens, event videotaping, photography, and all the other  special touches required to make this a memorable  day for the contestants and the community.  Thank you ALL for a job well done!

As a community, we have benefited so much from this pageant over the last ten years. I am grateful to the current Ms. Senior Mesquite Committee for turning their dream of a Ten Year Gala into a reality.  It is upon the bright moments we create for each other, every day, that we are able to build a brighter tomorrow.

Jean Watkins, Founder, Ms. Senior Mesquite, Inc.