USA Today: HallOVeen Featured in Las Vegas Halloween Happenings October 24, 2016 00:00
Our Own Veronica Dishing On HallOVeen Happenings On Morning Blend! October 18, 2016 09:30
Join Us for Wine, Food and Fun at Our 2nd Annual HallOVino at the Magical Forest! October 18, 2016 00:00
Opportunity Village Featured on "Heart of Vegas on Cox" October 17, 2016 00:00
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Las Vegas Sun: 4th Annual HallOVeen Opening Night Photos October 15, 2016 00:00
It's been spookified once again! Ghouls and goblins of all ages watched in wonder as the Magical Forest was transfixed and transformed for its opening night of HallOVeen on October 14, 2016.
HallOVeen is open nightly from October 14 - October 31.
Sunday through Thursday: 5:30pm – 9:00pm
Friday through Saturday: 5:30pm – 9:30pm.
Check out these opening night snapshots featured in the Las Vegas Sun, and click the link below to view the rest of the spectacular slideshow.
MEDIA ALERT: 2016 HallOVeen at the Magical Forest October 10, 2016 00:00
For the fourth year in a row, Opportunity Village’s Magical Forest will be shrouded in Halloween finery and transformed into the slightly scary HallOVeen at the Magical Forest. This ghostly get-together caters to ghouls and goblins of all ages. This family friendly event will feature plenty of thrilling rides and attractions including The Haunted Adventure by Santino and Rocco Panaro, a spooktacular Forest Express Ghost Train, Cheyenne’s Enchanted Carousel and Boris the Elf’s 3D Experience. Guests will enjoy crafts, movies, storytelling, the Candy Cabin and special entertainment in the Haunted Castle Courtyard. This event is sure to be the spookiest spectacle in all of Southern Nevada.
Opening night – Friday, October 14, 2016
Dates – October 14-31, 2016
Open Sunday - Thursday from 5:30-9:00 p.m.
Open Friday - Saturday from 5:30-9:30 p.m.
The Magical Forest - Opportunity Village Oakey Campus
6300 W. Oakey Blvd. Las Vegas, Nevada, 89146
Adult General Admission: $11.99 (ages 13+)
Child General Admission: $9.99 (ages 3-12)
Adult Passport: $21.99 (ages 13+)
Child Passport: $18.99 (ages 3-12)
Children two and under are free
***Passports include admission and unlimited ride and attractions wristband.
Tickets can be purchased online at www.HallOVeen.com or in person at the Magical Forest ticket box office during the event.
Footage of opening night and/or opportunity to cover sneak peak of park prior to opening.
Live shots any hour are welcome
On-site or in-studio interviews with OV executives and costumed characters.
The 3rd annual HallOVeen at Opportunity Village’s Magical Forest opened on October 9, 2015.
The 3rd annual HallOVeen at Opportunity Village’s Magical Forest opened on October 9, 2015.
Opportunity Village Fall and Holiday Events Lineup October 01, 2016 00:00
Opportunity Village is hosting multiple fall and holiday season themed events throughout the end of the year, including the 4th annual HallOVeen, 2nd annual HallOVino, Camelot at the Magical Forest, the Magical Forest, The Las Vegas Great Santa Run, and Santa Paws.
Opportunity Village’s 4th annual HallOVeen will showcase the Magical Forest transformed into a spooky land of goblins and ghosts. This child friendly event will feature fun for the whole family with rides and attractions including The Haunted Adventure by Santino and Rocco Panaro, a spooktacular Forest Express Passenger Train, Cheyenne’s Enchanted Carousel and Boris the Elf’s 3D Experience. Guests will enjoy crafts, movies, story telling, the Candy Cabin and special entertainment in the Haunted Castle Courtyard.
HallOVeen opens October 14 and will be open nightly from 5:30-9:30 p.m. through October 31. General admission pricing is $11.99 for adults and $9.99 for children. Wristbands will be sold for $12 and individual ride tickets for $3. Passport all-access tickets are $21.99 for entry and unlimited rides for adults and $18.99 for children. Children two and under are free. Tickets can be purchased online at www.HallOVeen.com or in person at the Magical Forest ticket office at the event.
HallOVino, an adults-only evening sponsored by the Opportunity Village Legacy Society and Sundvick Legacy Center, will take place on Thursday, October 20 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. This annual wine tasting event is designed to create awareness for Opportunity Village’s Legacy Society, which is comprised of members who have chosen to make a deferred gift to Opportunity Village. Individual tickets are available at www.hallOVino.org for $40 presale and will be available the night of the event for $50. Admission includes samplings of a variety of wine and hors d’oeurves along with Magical Forest attractions. HallOVino tickets will also come with two general admission tickets for Opportunity Village’s Magical Forest, valid through the 2016 season. For more information contact email@example.com.
Opportunity Village, Las Vegas’ Favorite Charity, is hosting its annual Camelot gala, an elegant black tie affair, at Opportunity Village’s Magical Forest on Thursday, November 3. For more information about Camelot at the Magical Forest, please contact Marnie Gambit at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This year the Magical Forest is celebrating 25 years of making holiday magic; having grown to become Las Vegas’ most cherished and longest running holiday tradition. The Magical Forest is a winter wonderland with millions of sparkling lights, nightly entertainment, great food and endless holiday cheer, open nightly at 5:30 p.m. from November 19, 2016 to January 1, 2017. The Magical Forest will be closed on Thanksgiving, November 24th, and Christmas, December 25th, so that Opportunity Village employees may enjoy the holiday with their friends and family. Guests will enjoy a forest filled with hundreds of dazzling trees, take a ride on the Forest Express Passenger Train, zoom around the track at Rudolph’s Raceway, play a round at Rod’s Mini-Golf, take a spin on Cheyenne’s Enchanted Carousel and much more.
For the Magical Forest, general admission pricing is $11.99 for adults and $9.99 for children. Wristbands will be sold for $12 and individual ride tickets for $3. Passport all-access tickets are $21.99 for entry and unlimited rides for adults and $18.99 for children. Children two and under are free. For more information, please visit www.MagicalForest.com.
The Las Vegas Great Santa Run will take place in downtown Las Vegas on Saturday, December 3. The Las Vegas Great Santa Run is not only one of Opportunity Village’s most important fundraisers but also an internationally recognized holiday tradition that attracts families, businesses, individuals and global tourists to downtown Las Vegas. Last year, over 9,000 runners participated in the event and this year Opportunity Village is hoping to attract over 10,000 Santas. The funds raised from the race help to support Opportunity Village’s programs and services for individuals with disabilities. For more information, please visit www.opportunityvillage.org. Registration for the Las Vegas Great Santa Run is priced at $45 for adults, $25 for children ages 6-12 and $15 for children ages 2-5. To register for the Las Vegas Great Santa Run, please visit http://bit.ly/2cXkffc. For sponsorship information, please contact Veronica Atkins at email@example.com.
Opportunity Village is spreading holiday cheer to all of the furry friends in the Las Vegas Valley with Santa Paws at the Magical Forest on December 11th from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Guests can share the magic of the holiday season with their beloved pets with an array of events sure to delight animals and humans alike. The afternoon-long occasion will feature local pet vendors, animal adoptions and demonstrations. In addition, pets and their owners can cozy up for an adorable photo opportunity with Santa, with photo packages staring at $21. Tickets are priced at $5 for individuals; you must have a pet with you to receive this price. Pets receive free admission. Classic Magical Forest holiday favorite attractions including Cheyenne’s Enchanted Carousel and The Forest Express Passenger Train will be open and pet friendly for this event, ride tickets must be purchased separately from admission, but are free for pets. For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Smokes & Spirits at the Foundation Room September 30, 2016 00:00
The perfect pairing, 63 stories high! Admission fees benefit Opportunity Village, and include a complimentary En Fuego cigar and Maker's 43 cocktail.
For more information: ovevents.org
OktOVerfest at the Magical Forest September 28, 2016 00:00
Brat to you by Lee's Liquor and Opportunity Village.
For more information: ovevents.org
This past weekend, we at Opportunity Village lost another great friend and hero. September 09, 2016 00:00
This past weekend, we at Opportunity Village lost another great friend and hero. Thalia Dondero was, for all intents and purposes, an Opportunity Village founder, When seven families came together in 1954 to create what is now OV, Thalia was there to help.
At OV’s very first fundraiser, Star Shine, Thalia called on many of her friends to volunteer and shine shoes. The event raised desperately needed fund for what was then a struggling charity. When I arrived in town and took the job as OV’s fundraiser, we created the Meatball Festival. Thalia, now a County Commissioner, led the charge to vote yes and removed every obstacle impacting our holding the event in a mall parking lot. Thalia, through all her years, was a fixture at every Opportunity Village event, and her many wonderful deeds to help Opportunity Village were recognized when she was bestowed the Order of the Village at Camelot.
Thalia wasn’t simply a friend and cheerleader for OV, she was one of the last members of the Greatest Generation. Her insistence on equality, education and opportunities for all lives on as we enjoy the benefits of her hard work. Now, Thalia has joined her dear friends, Kitty Rodman and Claudine Williams, in heaven. There have never been three more powerful women watching over us. Over the years, their accomplishments have changed the face of Las Vegas and certainly changed the lives of people with disabilities.
Opportunity Village sends its love and sympathy to her son, Rob Dondero, one of our finest Foundation Board members, and the entire Dondero family. Thalia, may you keep watch over the people Opportunity Village serves and ensure that Las Vegas continues to prosper.
- Linda Smith
Condolences to the Thomas family and the community September 08, 2016 00:00
You may have heard that one of the most influential men in Nevada history Mr. E Parry Thomas passed away two weekends ago. E. Parry’s son Tom is a 25 year member of the Opportunity Village Foundation Board and we send our condolences to Tom, the Thomas family and to the community for the loss of this great man.
Without E. Parry Thomas and his partner, Jerome Mack, Las Vegas wouldn’t be the great city it is today. They, together, changed Las Vegas’ course in history and, while doing so, changed the history of Opportunity Village. Their belief in the mission of Opportunity Village and in the families we serve each day led to a major gift to the Thomas and Mack Employment Training Center at the Engelstad Family Campus 8 years ago. The first major donation I personally requested and received for Opportunity Village more than 35 years ago came from a meeting with Mr. E Parry Thomas, an auspicious meeting with a giant of a man that set the future for Opportunity Village.
E. Parry Thomas headed up a family of incredibly talented, brilliant and wonderful people who stepped in when their dad retired. From development, to medicine, to banking, design and art, this is one of the most accomplished families in Nevada and Opportunity Village is blessed to have their support. We send our love.
- Linda Smith
2016 Candy Drive for HallOVeen September 07, 2016 07:53
Donate five shopping bags of your favorite packaged Halloween candy to receive two FREE general admission tickets to HallOVeen or the Magical Forest! Drop your candy off today!
Opportunity Village Fall Events Lineup August 29, 2016 16:17
Throughout September and October for Families and Adults
LAS VEGAS – Opportunity Village is hosting multiple fall and Halloween themed events throughout September and October at the Magical Forest, located at Opportunity Village’s campus on West Oakey Blvd. The organization will host its first ever OktOVerfest in partnership with Lee’s Discount Liquor on Saturday, October 1 followed by the Spook-tacular Kids Fashion Show presented by Nordstrom on Sunday, October 2. Opportunity Village’s 4th annual HallOVeen opens October 14 and runs through October 31st and HallOVino will take place on October 20.
On Saturday, Oct. 1 from 3-8p.m., Opportunity Village will host its inaugural OktOVerfest sponsored by Lee’s Discount Liquor. Strap on your lederhosen and visit the Opportunity Village Oakey Campus for traditional German music, food and over 50 different beers to try. Adults 21+ can purchase tickets in advance for $40 at any Lee’s Discount Liquor store. For additional information contact email@example.com.
On Sunday, Oct. 2, Opportunity Village will host the Spook-tacular Kids Fashion Show presented by Nordstrom from 12:30-3:30 p.m. at Opportunity Village’s Magical Forest Events Center. The event will feature various themed activities, fashion and kids couture. Following the fashion show, guests will be treated to a buffet lunch, Magical Forest rides and a DJ dance party at the Magical Forest castle. For table pricing and information contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Opportunity Village’s 4th annual HallOVeen will showcase the Magical Forest transformed into a spooky land of goblins and ghosts. This child friendly event will feature fun for the whole family with rides and attractions including The Haunted Adventure by Santino and Rocco Panaro, a spooktacular Forest Express Passenger Train, Cheyenne’s Enchanted Carousel and Boris the Elf’s 3D Experience. Guests will enjoy crafts, movies, story telling, “Scary-oke”, the Candy Cabin and special entertainment in the Haunted Castle Courtyard.
HallOVeen opens Oct. 14 and will be open nightly from 5:30-9:30 p.m. through Oct. 31. General admission pricing is $11.99 for adults and $9.99 for children. Wristbands will be sold for $12 and individual ride tickets for $3. Passport all-access tickets are $21.99 for entry and unlimited rides for adults and $18.99 for children. Children two and under are free. Tickets can be purchased online at www.HallOVeen.com or in person at the Magical Forest ticket office at the event.
HallOVino, an adults-only evening sponsored by the Opportunity Village Legacy Society and Sundvick Legacy Center, will take place on Thursday, Oct. 20 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. This annual wine tasting event is designed to create awareness for Opportunity Village’s Legacy Society, which is comprised of members who have chosen to make a deferred gift to Opportunity Village
Individual tickets are available at www.hallOVino.org for $40 presale and will be available the night of the event for $50. Admission to HallOVino includes samplings of a variety of wine and hors d’oeurves along with Magical Forest attractions such as the Forest Express Passenger Train and Cheyenne’s Enchanted Carousel rides throughout the evening. HallOVino tickets will also come with two general admission tickets for Opportunity Village’s Magical Forest, valid through the 2016 season. For more information contact email@example.com.All events will be located at Opportunity Village at 6300 W. Oakey Boulevard, Las Vegas, NV 89146. Ample free parking is available in the adjacent CSN parking lot. Proceeds from these events will directly benefit the programs and services offered at Opportunity Village.
Opportunity Village is looking for volunteers to help facilitate these events. If you are interested in volunteering please call Krysti at 702.880.4068 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit www.OVevents.com for additional event information.
OV's Got Talent August 29, 2016 16:13
Las Vegas’ Favorite Charity, Opportunity Village, hosted a private ‘OV’s Got Talent’ Grand Finale on Friday, August 19 at 12:15 p.m. OVIPs, the individuals Opportunity Village serves, have competed in multiple rounds performing various talents. The final round of the talent show was held at Opportunity Village’s North Campus on W. Craig Road.
The talent show featured a collection of music, dance, theatre and additional special performances by OVIPs.
Non-profit worries high land costs may reduce community opportunities - KSNV News3LV August 08, 2016 15:51
Check out this article by KSNV News3LV as they report on the high land cost in Las Vegas and the potential effect on community opportunities.
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Opportunity Village OVer View Newsletter June 15, 2016 14:16
Sean's Park Grand Opening Media Coverage May 31, 2016 10:56
Linda Smith's interview about Sean's Park Grand Opening May 31, 2016 10:55
Opportunity Village Partners With MentalHappy to Include Opportunity Village Client Artwork in Cheerboxes May 25, 2016 10:35
Opportunity Village is partnering with MentalHappy to include unique bookmarks created by Opportunity Village clients (OVIPs) in personalized Cheerboxes.
MentalHappy is an online service that delivers personalized gift boxes referred to as a Cheerbox, to help individuals overcome anxiety, stress, worry, depression and sadness through practical and fun gifts. A Cheerbox is a fun and encouraging surprise during life’s moments when he or she needs it the most. Each personalized Cheerbox is handcrafted with four amazing happiness tools inside. An uplifting hand written motivational note is always included. MentalHappy’s mission is to make people happier, one Cheerbox at a time.
“Opportunity Village is excited to partner with an organization whose mission is to support the health and happiness of others. OVIP artists create each bookmark with love and the artists are overjoyed to share their talent and stories with Cheerbox recipients,” said Bob Brown, president and CEO of Opportunity Village.
Cheerbox recipients across the country and throughout Canada will enjoy hand-painted bookmarks from OVIPs in Opportunity Village’s Fine Art Program. Cheerboxes cost $39.00, which includes free shipping via UPS, and can be ordered online at https://mentalhappy.com/OpportunityVillage. 5% of all Cheerbox proceeds go to support the mission and efforts of Opportunity Village.
Opportunity Village’s Fine Art Program is a progressive visual arts program that encourages artists with intellectual and related disabilities to discover their artistic talents, refine their techniques or learn new ones through an individualized artistic process set in an open studio. In the studio, each artist maintains a professional studio practice as working artists, building a body of work for exhibition and sale.
About Mental Happy
MentalHappy is an online service that delivers personalized gift boxes referred to as Cheerboxes, to help individuals overcome anxiety, stress, worry, depression and sadness through practical and fun gifts. A Cheerbox contains four items or ‘happiness tools’: a gratitude jar, notebook of positive aspects and two additional items personalized to the recipient’s likes and needs. Cheerboxes are intended to motivate and inspire individuals while increasing their mental and emotional wellbeing.
2.5-acre park designed for individuals with intellectual and physical disabilities
LAS VEGAS – On Wednesday, May 11, Opportunity Village celebrated the grand opening of Sean’s Park, a 2.5-acre innovative life-learning park developed for children and adults with intellectual and physical disabilities. The first of its kind, Sean’s Park is located at Opportunity Village’s Ralph and Betty Engelstad Campus.
The program commenced with speeches from Clark County Commissioner Steve Sisolak and Opportunity Village executives Bob Brown, president and CEO; Ed Guthrie, CEO Emeritus; and Linda Smith, senior executive vice president. An OVIP (Opportunity Village Important People) sign language class signed the National anthem followed by Sean Morrissey’s family (the park’s namesake) sharing a few words regarding what Sean’s Park means to them. A miniature golf tournament concluded the event with a roster including Commissioner Steve Sisolak and Michael Morrissey, Opportunity Village Board Member; with Opportunity Village executives Bob Brown, President and CEO; Ed Guthrie, CEO Emeritus; as well as UNLV football coach, Tony Sanchez and UNLV golf coach, Dwaine Knight, each paired with a group of OVIPs. Attendees had the opportunity to create memory rocks for the park, the chance to plant a flower in one of the gardens and were able to enjoy park facilities including bowling and a shuffleboard court.
Sean’s Park offers Opportunity Village clients and other members of the community with disabilities new life-skill building equipment and activities. The park encourages conceptual learning, personal awareness, physical activity and social learning. Sean’s Park is a private facility; public interested in visiting should call (702) 262-1550 for details.
On Wednesday, May 11, Clark County Commissioner Steve Sisolak presented Sean Morrissey (the park’s namesake) a proclamation at the grand opening celebration of Sean’s Park located at Opportunity Village’s Ralph and Betty Engelstad Campus.
On Wednesday, May 11, Sean Morrissey’s family; Linda Smith, senior executive vice president of Opportunity Village; Clark County Commissioner Steve Sisolak; Ed Guthrie, CEO Emeritus of Opportunity Village; Bob Brown, president and CEO of Opportunity Village; Tony Sanchez, UNLV Football Head Coach; Dwaine Knight, UNLV Golf Head Coach; Cary Harned, Opportunity Village Senior Grants & Major Gifts Officer and Lauren Boitel, Executive Director Green Chips and EnergyFit Nevada (from left to right), lined up for the first put at the grand opening celebration of Sean’s Park located at Opportunity Village’s Ralph and Betty Engelstad Campus.
On Wednesday, May 11, guests like Madi Peck, daughter of Opportunity Village ARC Board Member Terri Peck, were able to ride on the Liberty Swing, a unique swing-set designed to enable individuals to swing while in a wheelchair at the grand opening celebration of Sean’s Park located at Opportunity Village’s Ralph and Betty Engelstad Campus.
Best Mattress Memorial Day Sale to Benefit Opportunity Village May 12, 2016 09:34
Between May 24 and May 31, Best Mattress will donate $5 from every mattress sold to Opportunity Village
LAS VEGAS – Las Vegas’ Favorite Charity, Opportunity Village is partnering with Best Mattress for a special Memorial Day sale. From May 24 through May 31, Las Vegas area Best Mattress locations will be donating $5 from every mattress sold to Opportunity Village.
Best Mattress operates 22 stores throughout the Las Vegas Valley and Utah. “Giving back to our community is what we do, it’s our way of saying Thank You to our loyal customers for their ongoing support,” said David Mizrahi, owner of Best Mattress.
Opportunity Village is dedicated to assisting individuals with intellectual disabilities on their journey to independence and becoming integrated members of the community. The organization relies on community support and partnerships to continue providing programs and services to nearly 3,000 citizens with intellectual disabilities annually.
For a list of Las Vegas Best Mattress locations, please visit http://www.bestmatt.com/locations/.
LAS VEGAS – Opportunity Village will raise the curtain on its 6th Annual Spring Performing Arts Concert, OVation, on Thursday, May 26st at 6 p.m. at the Opportunity Village Ralph and Betty Engelstad Campus located at 6050 S. Buffalo Drive.
The concert will showcase a collection of music, dance and theatre performances by OVIPs particpating in Opportunity Village’s Fine and Performing Arts Program.
“OVation provides OVIPs the opportunity to perform for the Las Vegas community and express themselves through the arts, in singing, dancing or acting, ” says Sarah Quinn, manager of the Opportunity Village Fine and Performing Arts Program. “OVIPs practice year-round for this event and when they take the stage, it truly is a magical performance.”
OVation is a free concert open to the public with food and beverages available for purchase. For more information about OVation please contact Sarah Quinn at (702) 262-1515.
Opportunity Village Announces New Hire Brad Stith as Director of Philanthropy and Campaigns May 12, 2016 09:29
LAS VEGAS –Las Vegas’ favorite charity, Opportunity Village, announced new hire, Brad Stith, who joins the organization as the Director of Philanthropy and Campaigns.
The Director of Philanthropy and Campaigns is an integral position at Opportunity Village, serving as the lead for the Christopher’s Crossing Capital Campaign and Opportunity Village’s annual giving campaign.
Stith will play a central role in working with the major gifts and campaign leadership staff to coordinate, facilitate, and shape the implementation of the organization’s campaign strategy and annual giving plans in order to build and complete a successful campaign. Serving over twenty-five years in the nonprofit sector, Stith brings considerable experience and knowledge to Opportunity Village.
“I am privileged everyday to work alongside some of the most giving and caring individuals on the planet, knowing that our work helps to improve the quality of life for thousands of individuals and families,” said Brad Stith, Director of Philanthropy and Campaigns at Opportunity Village.
Stith began his nonprofit development career in 1990 as a Development Consultant with the fundraising consulting firm Ketchum, Inc., providing capital campaign counsel and eventually serving as a Vice President of the firm. He then served as Executive Director of the Nevada Ballet Theatre in Las Vegas and managed the capital, endowment and construction efforts, resulting in the opening of the Donald W. Reynolds Cultural Center. Throughout his career, Stith has helped secure more than $300 million for worthy missions across the country.
In support of his fundraising profession, Stith is a Certified Fund Raising Professional (CFRE) and Certified Specialist in Planned Giving (CSPG). He is a long-standing member of the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy (AHP) and currently serves on the AHP Journal Advisory Council. Previously, Stith served as president of the Association of Fundraising Professionals Las Vegas, Nevada Chapter and he served on the Southern California Association for Healthcare Development board for several years. He also recently served on the San Joaquin Valley Planned Giving Council board.
In addition to his professional affiliations and contributions, Stith has served on several nonprofit boards including St. Jude’s Ranch for Children, Safe Nest and the Las Vegas Northwest Rotary. He is a graduate of the Leadership Las Vegas and Fresno programs, and served on St. Rose Dominican Hospitals’ Medical Ethics Committee in Las Vegas and Community Medical Centers’ Institutional Ethics Committee in Fresno.
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