During the award ceremony held on Tuesday, May 28, Ms. Senior Mesquite Contestants, 2019 Queen and her court along with contestant mums didn’t forget to thank photographer, Jim Lavender, for his unending dedication to making all the ladies look wonderful in photos. Lavender takes hundreds of photos for the ladies during every event or activity they attend. Photo by Teri Nehrenz

On Tuesday, May 28, Ann Murphy, reigning Ms. Senior Mesquite, and her court presented several checks to local non-profit organizations of monies that were raised by selling ads to the book of the pageant which was held in April.

One of the recipients of the money was Peaceful Valley Donkey Rescue (PVDR), accepting on their behalf was Joan Dunkle, founder of the Scenic location. The $1000 they received will foster senior donkey, Bill, for at least two and a half years.

Contestant, Teri Nehrenz, who donated her portion of the money to the rescue, wants to thank all who contributed to her cause and to. Nehrenz knew all along where her portion was going and used it to raise funds on social media as well as at Chicago Greek where she works. Nehrenz put out a sign stating that the day’s tips would go to ‘Old Bill’ along with his picture at the register. Customers gave freely and generously to help the old donkey live the good life at PVDR in his final years. She also thanks the owners, Tassos and Laura for always supporting her endeavors.

Bill, a 30-year-old senior donkey will spend the rest of his days in the care of Peaceful Valley Donkey Rescue. Donkeys generally live between 30 and 40 years. The rescue is the forever home for several senior donkeys along with many others that are available for adoption. PVDR also has a foster program available; you can foster a donkey for $30 per month. The fostering program allows you to spend one on one time with your donkey and spoil them as much as you can. Photo by Teri Nehrenz

If you make an appointment you can visit the donkeys at the PVDR, Nehrenz urges folks to visit the rescue and Old Bill, he loves company and carrots and cookies and sweet potatoes…but not too much.

2019 Ms. Senior Mesquite, Ann Murphy split her portion between We Care for Animals and the Mesquite Veteran’s Center. Murphy stated that she’s always loved animals but has a special place in her heart for the Veteran’s and added with a smile, “All of my former husbands were Vets.”

Contestant, Mary Paliganoff, donated her portion of the money to the Salvation Army. First Runner Up, Diana McKinney gave to the Virgin Valley Theater Group. Second Runner Up, Julie Hoffman donated her portion to the Ms. Senior Mesquite Pageant and the Women’s History and Culture Center and finally, contestant Linda Darling gave her portion of the funds to Safe Nest.

Since its inception, the Ms. Senior Mesquite Pageant contestants have given $52,000 to local nonprofit organizations.

The Ms. Senior Mesquite Pageant celebrate mature senior ladies and all that life has formed them to be. Not a “beauty” pageant, instead, a showcase of women’s contributions in life and community, sharing what they have accomplished.