Even at the event opening at 11 a.m. there was a good-sized crowd on hand to get some souvenirs, raffle tickets and pet two of the 27 donkeys that are currently residing at the Scenic Satellite for PVDR. Photo by Stephanie Frehner.

Even at the event opening at 11 a.m. there was a good-sized crowd on hand to get some souvenirs, raffle tickets and pet two of the 27 donkeys that are currently residing at the Scenic Satellite for PVDR. Photo by Stephanie Frehner.

The Third Annual Donkey Jamboree on March 5, sponsored by the Golden West Casino, was another huge success, according to Scenic’s Peaceful Valley Donkey Rescue Adoption Center managers Fred and Joan Dunkle.

“We’re just astounded by the turnout and the amount of community support we continue to receive,” Joan said. After the numbers were tallied, Joan said they were able to raise more money than previous years as well as increase the amount of foster parents registered for their existing 27 donkeys at the center with more arriving this week.

PVDR’s co-founder Mark Meyers was on hand to sign copies of his book for those wishing to purchase one. Meyers and his wife founded the organization in December 2000 and proclaim the Scenic Satellite is the most successful location throughout their international network. “The people of this community have really gotten behind them,” he said. “There’s no comparison. The volunteer base and outpouring support is incredible.”

Mark Meyers, left, assists local supporters of the PVDR with some merchandise at the Third Annual Donkey Jamboree held March 5 at the Golden West Casino. Photo by Stephanie Frehner.

Mark Meyers, left, assists local supporters of the PVDR with some merchandise at the Third Annual Donkey Jamboree held March 5 at the Golden West Casino. Photo by Stephanie Frehner.

The future of the Scenic Satellite Center may include relocating the PVDR’s Senior Center from San Angelo, Texas. Meyers cited the milder weather and less extreme heat is more ideal for the aging donkeys. “Right now we’re fundraising for a new medical facility, but after that, we’re looking to do the relocation.” Meyers believes that could happen within the next five years.

“We’re absolutely thrilled that this has been such a well-attended event,” said Joan. “Hopefully we can continue it for many years to come.”

There were so many in attendance according to Joan, that the Golden West had to go get more hot dogs. “There were at least 500 people there throughout the day, if not more,” she said.

At this time, it seems that may be the case and the chance of having a fourth jamboree in 2017 is highly possible.