By Abbey Snow
Photos by Samuel Snow
The Mesquite Community Education Foundation hosted a fundraising event Nov 14 at Virgin Valley High School to benefit graduating
Maury Putnam,vice president of the MCEF Foundation Board, said the western–themed event was titled “Yee Haw.“ The FFA classes decorated the tables and areas around the room. It included a barbecue dinner prepared by the school’s culinary class, entertainment was provided by the music department and cheerleaders, and raffles were held for those who attended with gifts that were donated by local businesses. They always try to include the school clubs and performers in all of their endeavors, Putnam said.
Putnam said they are a nonprofit foundation that plans and executes fundraising efforts to build scholarship funds for students. They will have two large fundraising events this year.
“The fundraiser Tuesday was just to help put money in our savings account to be added to the other funds we hopefully receive from donors,” Putnam said. “We will have another large fundraiser in the Spring that will be held in the same venue with our students helping again with decorations, entertainment, food, etc. With
VVHS Band Director Kendra Graf currently teaches intermediate and advanced band, jazz band, percussion ensemble, color guard, marching band, and pep band. She prepared and conducted the intermediate band students to perform at the event.
“I felt the students did a phenomenal job,” Graf said. “They only had a short time to put this music together for this event and pulled it off nicely. We played three songs being: the theme song for ‘Magnificent Seven,‘
Marie Palmer teaches choir, chamber choir,
“I think it was very fun for all of us and that the students trusted me to know what the audience would like to hear, as well as what was appropriate for the event,” Palmer said. “They had fun performing a style of music that we would not normally do. I wanted the students to see that the audience would enjoy the older country songs that we performed, and they did see how the audience really enjoyed the event.”
Putnam said she loved seeing the faces of the audience light up as they recognized the musical numbers and engaged in the dancing.
The VVHS Cheerleaders grabbed audience members to join them in a fun line dance. Many tried to keep up with the fast-paced dance and as they danced more kept joining in on the fun.
Toward the end of the event, the cheerleaders handed out the raffle winners that contained a varie