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Messer makes a difference in Nevada County community

Denise Messer, an 80-year-old volunteer, is one of the models for Sept. 15 Runway of Roses thrift store fashion show for Hospitality House.
Photo by Charlotte Peterson |

Denise Messer chose to be a giver. She’s kept busy, helping with charter and home schools, and P.T.A. while raising her children. She and her husband of 64 years have always donated time and good work to the communities in which they’ve lived. Even beyond. Upon retirement the Messer’s traveled around the United States working on building projects for those less fortunate.

A lively 83 year old, Denise is the mother of eight children, grandmother of 24 and great grandmother of 11 (with three more on the way).

She and her family continue the good work here in Nevada County for Hospitality House. Son, Larry Messer provides storage space and deliveries of donations from the family’s Lake Wildwood Self Storage warehouse. They have moved furniture and housewares for years, helping guests who were settling into their own housing.



The Messer’s grandson, Thane Messer, and his friends raised money and installed the beautiful box structures for the Hospitality House vegetable garden located in front of the Utah’s Place community shelter, 1262 Sutton Way in Grass Valley.

Her daughter-in-law Van Messer owns Bright Beginning Preschool and has organized fundraisers and garage sales to benefit local charities for many years.




As a fashion model in the upcoming Runway of Roses fashion show (the evening of Sept. 15 at Sierra Cinemas) Denise will sashay down the runway in four different outfits. One of which includes red cowgirl boots combined with a fuzzy black lambs wool coat and floaty scarf. Her pep and vigor charmed all the other models at tryouts. She will be joined by several well known locals who cover all sizes and ages, wearing select and famous brand label items they’ve picked from the Bread & Roses Thrift & More store stock.

“It’s wonderful to have an organization like this to to filter, receive, and direct our donations,” Denise says of Hospitality House. “We have an opportunity to share our blessings with those less fortunate.”

Denise, the matriarch of the Messer family, continues to encourage giving and making a difference.

Our community are the lucky recipients of Denise and the Messer family.

Susanna Wilson lives in Grass Valley.


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