This fall, Keep Mesquite Beautiful (KMB) is marking 35 years of inspiring residents to beautify the City of Mesquite.
To celebrate, KMB is hosting the Butterfly Ball, a fund-raising gala, at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 16, at the Mesquite Convention Center. The event will feature a reception, dinner and auction with live music and dancing. Tickets start at $75 and will be sold until Sept. 2. Tables and sponsorships are available.
KMB Executive Director Jonathan Chitty said that the gala was named the Butterfly Ball because of Mesquite’s relationship with the iconic, winged creatures. The City is home to the Paschall Park Butterfly Trail, which is a certified Monarch Waystation by Monarchwatch.org and is a Certified Wildlife Habitat by the National Wildlife Federation. Mesquite also participates in the Mayor's Monarch Pledge program and hosted its first Monarch Fest in July.
“The butterfly is an inspirational symbol for KMB,” he said. “Butterflies teach us that beauty evolves and has to be nurtured. It’s a process. KMB is proud to have been making Mesquite a more beautiful place for 35 years. The Butterfly Ball is a community celebration of this heritage as well as our excitement for the future.”
Throughout the year, KMB hosts a variety of events and projects to engage and educate residents to recycle, reduce litter and beautify Mesquite, including the upcoming Trash Bash on Sept. 30, during which community members come together to clean up the City. Other important events this fall for KMB include Mesquite Recycles Day on Nov. 4 and the Recycled Fashion Show on Nov. 11 at Town East Mall.
One of KMB’s signature projects is the Adopt-a-Spot program. Families, neighborhood associations, businesses, churches, schools, and other organizations can adopt a location in town for two years. Signage with the adopting group’s name is installed and the group provides six clean-ups per year with supplies provided by KMB. About 20 organizations have adopted various locations across the City.
To purchase tickets and for more information about the Butterfly Ball, visit www.cityofmesquite.com/ButterflyBall. To learn more about KMB’s programs and events, visit www.keepmesquitebeautiful.org.