The VVHS Jazz Band performed for an audience of more than 100 people Tuesday night at the first fundraising event for the Mesquite Community Education Foundation. Photo by Stephanie Clark.

The Mesquite Community Education Foundation may have just pulled off its first event in record fashion with their Spring Fling at Virgin Valley High School on March 21.

More than 100 people showed up for a fundraiser that will dedicate funds solely for VVHS scholarships to ensure that more students have the chance to pursue a college education.

The VVHS Orchestra performed several numbers for a full crowd Tuesday night at the Spring Fling fundraising event put on by the Mesquite Community Education Foundation. Photo by Stephanie Clark.

“We want to thank the community for their generous hospitality and donations,” said Justin Ludvigson, the emcee for the event. “It is incredible how much support there is from the Virgin Valley for our students. They’re our future, and the ongoing support for them is just amazing.”

In addition to ticket sales, a donation from Bank of Nevada for $2,500 was announced as well as other outside donations from people who were unable to attend the event. Tickets for raffle prizes donated by local businesses were

Various handmade items were up for the silent auction, including these wood plaques made by the woodworking students. Other items included paintings and other art pieces. Photo by Stephanie Clark.

sold and a silent auction was held which featured art and wood pieces from the current students in those classes. Overall, more than $5,000 is estimated to have been raised in the inaugural event.

The VVHS Choir performed mostly acapella Tuesday night at the Spring Fling fundraising event. Photo by Stephanie Clark.

The evening kicked off with performances by the VVHS orchestra, jazz band, choir and a group of storytellers. Dinner was prepared by Chef Chris Noone and his students in the culinary arts classes, consisting of chicken, pasta, garlic bread and salad and a dessert of cake or cannoli.

Judge Ryan Toone also took a few moments to tell the story of how education began in the Virgin Valley nearly 100 years ago and how it was almost wiped out by a flu epidemic in 1918 but survived. “Education has always been important in our valley. Getting a higher education can make all the difference,” said Toone. “I would like to express my appreciation for the good work our teachers are doing for our students here. I also appreciate each one of you being here and supporting the good work they’re doing here.”