As Veterans Day approaches next week, the Ms. Senior Golden Years Pageant Queen and her court are inviting the community to the Pahrump Nugget for the second annual Vets Swing.
Saturday’s event is described as a dinner/dance fundraiser for Ms. Senior Golden Years’ charitable events in the community.
General admission is $45, while veterans with proof of service, will pay $40.
Tables of eight are $350.
Proceeds from last year’s event benefited the local Community Crisis Intervention Committee.
Ms. Senior Golden Years Queen Laurayne Murray said funds raised from this year’s event will benefit both the pageant and area veterans.
“It’s targeted particularly to veterans to get assistance with housing, utility bills, food, or whatever the case might be,” she said. “Last year, it targeted homeless veterans. We also take a portion of the money because it funds all of the things that Ms. Senior Golden Years does throughout the year.”
Murray said. Due to last year’s large turnout, organizers were forced to find a larger venue for the event.
The inaugural Vets Swing took place at Mountain Falls.
“Last year was fantastic and we sold out,” she said. “We expect to have a significant crowd this year and we will be honoring all veterans in attendance and provide special honors for people who have been nominated through veterans’ organizations as well as individuals in the community. There will be raffles and a very nice dinner with two entrees to choose from.”
Last year’s feedback from the veterans, Murray said, indicated all were pleased with the swing.
“They really appreciated the opportunity for them to get together with other veterans,” she said. “It made a tremendous connection for them all.”
Those who cannot make Saturday’s event can still support the pageant and local veterans by purchasing a ticket, Murray said.
“If you can’t make Saturday, but you want to support our local veterans, you can sponsor a seat for a veteran who could not otherwise afford to attend.”
Additionally, Murray said entertainment will come courtesy of a local television personality.
“This year, the music is provided by Deanna O’Donnell’s DJ service,” she said. “She’s got tremendous reviews from a lot of people in the community and she’s got very lively music, and agreed to come and do it for us.”
Cocktail hour for the swing begins at 5:30 p.m., with the dinner following at 6:30 p.m..
Dancing begins at 7:30.
Those who bring a non-perishable food item will receive a complimentary glass of wine or domestic beer.
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