by Linda Gault

Mesquite Rotary Club is all aglow planning for its Eleventh Annual Glow In The Dark Golf Ball Drop and 5K Run/Walk Event. This will be the first year for the Glow Run, with both events taking place at the Rising Star Sports Ranch in Mesquite.

Glow Run participants will gather behind the resort on Old Mill Road where the run/walk will begin and end before hundreds of glowing golf balls drop from the sky on Friday evening, September 29, 2017. To participate in the Glow Run, register at the Mesquite Recreation Center on or before September 22, 2017. Entry fee is $30/participant or $100/team of 4. After September 22, 2017, entry fees will be an additional $5 per participant. Entry fee includes a t-shirt and glow sticks.

Rotary’s annual Glow In The Dark Golf Ball Drop will be a great finish to the evening’s activities. Numbered and lighted golf balls are hoisted high above the crowd in a plexiglass cube, then dropped where they fall onto a round platform with numbered holes. The first ball to fall into or closest to a hole wins a prize. There are 10 holes and the winner of the #1 hole wins $1,000 cash! Nine other wonderful prizes will be given away to the winner of each additional hole, including a beautiful gas grill donated by Sears, night stays at Best Western Mesquite Inn and Holiday Inn, rounds of golf at several prestigious Mesquite golf courses, gift certificates at several local restaurants, and much more. The golf balls may be purchased for $20 each or 6 balls for $100. Rotarians will be selling tickets around town and on the night of the event until just before the ball drop takes place.

Proceeds from these events benefit the many Rotary projects and programs that take place throughout the year, including the Virgin Valley Food Bank, Mesquite Reads Program, the Back-to-School Backpack Program for the Beaver Dam Elementary School, SOAR (Safety Officers Award Recognition Program), Mesquite’s annual Trunk or Treat, high school scholarships, and other youth initiatives. Mesquite Rotary also sends middle school students to TLC (Teen Leadership Camp) and high school Juniors to RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Award) camps in California each year.

Rotary is an international service organization founded in 1905 that has grown to over 1.2 million members and more than 35,000 clubs located around the world. Its motto, Service Above Self is the foundation of what Rotary is all about.

The Mesquite Rotary Club was started in 2007 and meets every Tuesday at noon in the Holiday Inn Express on Pioneer Blvd. Everyone is welcome to join us for our program and lunch, and to learn more about Rotary and the numerous ways in which you can become active in Rotary and the Mesquite community.

For more information on Rotary’s 5K Run and Ball Drop, please contact Rick Tuttle at (907) 230-2360 or Roberta Bird at (702) 346-7025.

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