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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

Opportunity Village Hosts Several Themed Events
Throughout September and October for Families and Adults
 
Enjoy OktOVerfest, Spook-tacular Kids Fashion Show presented by Nordstrom, 4th annual HallOVeen and the 2nd annual HallOVino at the Magical Forest

 

Click to Tweet: (http://ctt.ec/C9IHd) Mark your calendars! @OppVillageLV is hosting multiple fall events for families & adults to enjoy. #Events #LasVegas http://bit.ly/1SUjYdk

 

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 schorrd@opportunityvillage.org.

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 gambitm@opportunityvillage.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 schorrd@opportunityvillage.org.

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 gabrielk@opportunityvillage.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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Or view the story here: http://news3lv.com/news/local/non-profit-worries-high-land-costs-may-reduce-community-opportunities


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.


Opportunity Village Celebrated Grand Opening of Sean’s Park on Wednesday, May 11 May 12, 2016 09:42

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.

 

 

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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.

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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.

 

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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/.

 


Opportunity Village Presents OVation, 6th Annual Spring Performing Arts Concert May 12, 2016 09:31

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.


Art About People Exhibit Benefits Opportunity Village May 12, 2016 09:27

LAS VEGAS (May 6, 2106) Shapiro & Sher Group, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Nevada Properties and Emerald Homes have teamed up to present ‘Art About People,’ an exhibit of original artwork from Opportunity Village artists. More than 100 exhibits are on display and available for public preview and purchase now through May 31. Proceeds will benefit Opportunity Village, Las Vegas’ Favorite Charity, a local non-profit that serves nearly 3,000 individuals with intellectual disabilities annually.

Pieces on display in the ‘Art About People’ exhibit average $100 in price and can be viewed daily from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Sandstone Edge, a semi-custom luxury home collection by DR Horton’s Emerald Homes. Sandstone Edge is located at 1644 Quartz Ledge Court in Southwest Las Vegas near the intersection of Charleston Boulevard and Buffalo Drive.

“We really enjoy working with Opportunity Village and have auctioned their artwork at events in the past to raise money for their programs and services,” said Ivan Sher, principal of Shapiro & Sher Group. “Our parent company, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Nevada Properties, is also a corporate supporter and holds regular fundraising and volunteer events to help this incredible organization.” Sher’s business partner, Florence Shapiro, and Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Nevada Properties’ CEO Mark Stark both serve on the Opportunity Village Foundation Board of Directors.

‘Art About People’ kicked off April 30 with an opening reception at the Sandstone Edge model homes that raised $5,000 and Sher said he expects at least $5,000 more to be raised during the exhibit. “These are truly gifted artists who have created pieces anyone would be proud to display in their home or business,” said Sher. “It’s an easy way to support the organization and bring a little more style and color in your life!” The purchase price of the artwork is also tax-deductible.

For more information, call Sandstone Edge at 702-501-6301 or its sales team Shapiro & Sher Group at 702-315-0223.


Las Vegas Strip Show Aussie Hunks Teach a Hip-Hop Class at Opportunity Village May 12, 2016 09:24

LAS VEGAS  - On Tuesday, March 29, Las Vegas’ male hip-hop strip show Aussie Hunks visited Opportunity Village’s Engelstad campus and conducted a hip-hop dance class for OVIPs. The Aussie Hunks concluded the class by presenting the organization a generous donation.

 

Opportunity Village OVIPs in the Fine and Performing Arts Program were taught new dance moves and choreography, and then performed what they learned for the Aussie Hunks. The Fine and Performing Arts Program at Opportunity Village teaches individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities music, dance, theatre and visual art, and is designed to increase awareness of the arts, support creative expression, and provide technique and training. This program promotes self-expression, social interaction and the development of peer relationships, while providing participants the opportunity to perform on stage at Opportunity Village and community events throughout the year.

Photo 1: Opportunity Village OVIPs learned new hip-hop moves from the Aussie Hunks at Opportunity Village’s Engelstad campus on Tuesday, March 29.

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Opportunity Village OVIPs in the Fine and Performing Arts Program practiced their hip-hop moves with the Aussie Hunks at Opportunity Village’s Engelstad campus on Tuesday, March 29.

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Opportunity Village OVIPs posed with the Aussie Hunks after the Las Vegas strip show presented the organization a donation at Opportunity Village’s Engelstad campus on Tuesday, March 29.


Opportunity Village is Collecting Gently Used Formal Wear for OVIPs to wear at the Annual Starlight Ball on April 8 March 11, 2016 11:02

ATTENTION: ALL WORKING MEDIA, CAMERA CREWS AND STILL PHOTOGRAPHERS


***MEDIA ALERT***MEDIA ALERT***MEDIA ALERT***MEDIA ALERT

WHAT:          Opportunity Village is asking the public to donate gently used formal wear for the organization’s annual Starlight Ball on April 8. Las Vegas’ Favorite Charity is requesting the community’s help to outfit OVIPs so that they look their best at one of their favorite dances of the year, a formal event filled with food, fun and lots of dancing. Opportunity Village is requesting donations of dresses, suits and tuxedos in various styles and sizes. Donations can be dropped off at the Opportunity Village Thrift Store. Make sure to mention that the donations are for the Starlight Ball when donating.  

 

WHO:             Opportunity Village requesting donations from the public

 

WHEN:          Formal wear donations are especially needed before the ball on April 8, but donations are always accepted. 

 

WHERE:       Donations can be dropped off at the Opportunity Village Thrift Store

                        390 S Decatur Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89107

 

MEDIA         

OPP:               Interviews with Opportunity Village spokespeople and OVIPs

 

All working media are invited to cover this event. If you are interested in sending a camera and/or reporter, please call Mallory Hanneke at 702-964-4222.

 

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OV MEDIA CONTACT: 

Mallory Hanneke

Preferred Public Relations
702-254-5704

mallory@preferredpublicrelations.com


OV Nation Hosts Fundraising Event at Gordon Biersch to Benefit Opportunity Village March 11, 2016 10:59

Public invited to give back to OV by attending Maibock Tapping Party
at Gordon Biersch Thursday, April 14 from 5:30-7:30 p.m.


LAS VEGAS, Nev. – On Thursday, April 14 from 5:30-7:30 p.m., the public is invited to attend the Maibock Tapping Party at Gordon Biersch located at 3987 Paradise Road, where 100% of silent auction and beer ticket sales will benefit Opportunity Village, Las Vegas’ Favorite Charity. Opportunity Village serves people within our community with significant intellectual disabilities.

Guests can be the first to taste Gordon Biersch’s Maibock, a seasonal unfiltered auburn lager brewed with pale roasted caramel malts for a warm golden hue, with a moderate level of bitterness to create a perfect balance. Loosely translated in German as “strong May beer”, Maibock is traditionally brewed in May to celebrate the coming of spring and warmer weather. Each guest will receive one complimentary beer along with a sampling of Gordon Biersch’s seasonal menu. Additional beer tickets may be purchased for $5, and can be saved and used for up to one month following the event. Happy hour items will be available until 6:30 p.m. featuring specials priced between $2.95 and $11.95. Open to anyone at least 21 years of age, the event will also include a silent auction with special items from Gordon Biersch as well as show tickets, restaurant gift certificates, retail merchandise and much more.

Formed in September of 2013, OV Nation is an auxiliary organization comprised of rising Las Vegas professionals who are committed to expanding Opportunity Village’s reach to future leaders within the community. OV Nation has planned over a dozen events, fundraisers and awareness campaigns for Opportunity Village and has independently raised thousands of dollars through fundraising efforts. OV Nation is currently engaging and activating new members and supporters – business professionals who would like to be involved and at the same time balance work, life, family and social engagements.

The mission of OV Nation is to identify, develop and engage a new generation of Opportunity Village brand ambassadors, donors, board members, volunteers and supporters. OV Nation has its own Board of Directors who spearhead the committee’s initiatives including special events, fundraising, networking, teambuilding, volunteering and supporting Opportunity Village’s ongoing programs and goals.

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MEDIA CONTACT: 

Gina Yager

Preferred Public Relations
702-254-5704

gina@preferredpublicrelations.com

 


Opportunity Village Clients Learned How to Exercise their Right to Vote to Prepare for the Upcoming Election March 11, 2016 10:58

Click to tweet: (http://ctt.ec/5jBUc) .@OppVillageLV OVIPs learned how to exercise their right to vote to prepare for the upcoming election #votingrights #Vegas

 

LAS VEGAS – Throughout January and February, OVIPs at Opportunity Village learned how to exercise their right to vote. In partnership with the Nevada Disability Advocacy & Law Center (NDALC) and the Clark County Election Department, voting machines were brought to each of the four Opportunity Village campuses and the Opportunity Village Thrift Store, where OVIPs were educated on the voting system and election process, and had the chance to practice voting.

 

These educational practice sessions were hosted by the A Team Nevada Chapters, which consists of more than 250 active members who are people with disabilities advocating preserving choices in employment, home and living, and recreation. The organization’s goal is to advocate, improve awareness and offer peer advisement.

 

Opportunity Village is dedicated to providing individuals with intellectual disabilities the programs and services necessary to assist them in their journey to independence and becoming integrated members of the community.

 

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On January 20, the Nevada Disability Advocacy & Law Center (NDALC) and the Clark County Election Department educated Opportunity Village OVIPs about voting and how to use voting machines at the Opportunity Village Ralph & Betty Engelstad Campus.

 

 

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On January 20, an Opportunity Village OVIP was shown how to cast her vote in a mock election by a Nevada Disability Advocacy & Law Center (NDALC) representative at the Opportunity Village Ralph & Betty Engelstad Campus.

 

 

 
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On January 27, Opportunity Village OVIPs learned how to use voting machines and practiced voting in a mock election held at the Opportunity Village Thrift Store.

Opportunity Village Announces Lisa Clark as an Artist-In-Residence for its NOVA Initiative March 11, 2016 10:53

Click to tweet: (http://ctt.ec/MhFUL) .@OppVillageLV announces Lisa Clark as an Artist-In-Residence for its NOVA initiative. Learn more here: http://bit.ly/1mgW51v

LAS VEGAS, Nev. – Opportunity Village, Las Vegas’ Favorite Charity, announces Lisa Clark as an Artist-In-Residence for the organization’s New Opportunities for Visionary Arts (NOVA) initiative. Clark joins NOVA as a Mosaic Artist and Art Facilitator.

Based on the Creative Abundance Model, created by Susan Dlouhy and Patty Mitchell, NOVA provides OVIPs flexibility to participate in a variety of activities that create a path to employment and earning wages, based on their individual talents and interests. Studios have been created at all four Opportunity Village campuses revolving around a culture focusing on choice and creative expression. OVIPs and staff have the opportunity to participate in this new initiative.

As an Art Facilitator, Clark will lead OVIPs to experience personal growth and insight by guiding them through the artistic process using projects that have been specifically designed to raise self-esteem, promote individual success, provide relaxation and encourage creativity. Under Clark’s leadership, OVIPs will design projects that foster inclusion, safe participation and provide choices that help the individuals develop a sense of personal identity by creating a lesson plan or project plan, clarifying supplies needed and then facilitating the project through its completion. 

Previously, Clark was a Community Training Specialist at Transition Services, Inc. where she worked with groups of adults with intellectual disabilities in work skill training and product development for handcrafted art items to be sold in the organization’s retail store, Studio 8 Ten. She was also a Volunteer Facilitator for various projects in Opportunity Village’s Fine Art Program. In 2009, Clark worked with adult artists and staff from the Opportunity Village Art Enrichment program to facilitate and design a large collaborative mural that was mounted on the wall at the original Opportunity Village Thrift Store location. During 2008, she worked with community artists and artists from the Opportunity Village Art Enrichment Program to create a collaborative art piece for the organization’s Contemporary Arts Center Collaborative Exhibition and Art Auction.

Clark is a published writer and is the author of Good Luck Charms and Protective Amulets: Their Meanings and Origins and Art Facilitation for Special Needs Populations, Cats After Dark Press, LLC, available for viewing on Amazon.com. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Social Services and Business Management from the University of Phoenix, attended the Art Center College of Design at the College of Southern Nevada, and also took Mosaic intensive classes in Italy and Turkey.


Opportunity Village Announces Michael Dodson as an Artist-In-Residence for NOVA Initiative February 10, 2016 10:40

LAS VEGAS, Nev. – Opportunity Village, Las Vegas’ Favorite Charity, announces Michael Dodson as an Artist-In-Residence for the organization’s New Opportunities for Visionary Arts (NOVA) Initiative. Dodson joins the newly launched NOVA concept which assists OVIPs in discovering and exploring their individual creative expression at Opportunity Village’s Oakey Campus.

Based on the Creative Abundance Model, created by Susan Dlouhy and Patty Mitchell, NOVA provides OVIPs flexibility to participate in a variety of activities that create a path to employment and earning wages, based on their individual talents and interests. NOVA studios have been created at all four Opportunity Village campuses revolving around a culture focusing on choice and creative expression. OVIPs and staff have the opportunity to participate in this new program.

“My passion for art and helping others enjoy life led me to my position here at Opportunity Village. I love seeing OVIPs excited about creating art and I hope to assist in further expanding the NOVA culture,” said Dodson.

Dodson is an accomplished local artist who is partnering with Opportunity Village to support, mentor and inspire OVIPs and Opportunity Village staff as they engage in the creative process. He is preparing the art studio, teaching basic drawing and painting, working on large-scale projects and assisting OVIPs in expressing themselves to create unique pieces of art based on their interests. Dodson has previously worked with several art galleries, auction houses, web-based art companies, print studios and has completed art commissions throughout Las Vegas. He is an expert in the practice of taking ideas and building them into physical, expressive pieces of art. Upon completing high school in Las Vegas, Dodson earned a Bachelor of Science degree and Master’s degrees in Contemporary and Modern Art History and History of the Art Market in New York before returning to Las Vegas.


Senior Executive Vice President of Opportunity Village, Linda Smith, Speaks at “Celebration of Life” Event for René Angélil February 10, 2016 10:40

Click to tweet: (http://ctt.ec/Siszc) Linda Smith of @OppVillageLV was honored to speak at the “Celebration of Life” event for René Angélil at the @ColosseumatCP.

 

LAS VEGAS – On Wednesday, February 3, Linda Smith, Senior Executive Vice President of Opportunity Village, was a featured speaker at Caesars’ and AEG’s “Celebration of Life” event for René Angélil at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace.

“It was truly an honor to be asked to be a featured speaker last night at this beautiful and moving farewell celebration,” Smith said. “Both René and Celine have been loyal champions of Opportunity Village and the wonderful people we serve. They were a major factor in the growth and success of Opportunity Village. René’s spirit will live on in our hearts forever.”

Smith joined Caesars Palace President Gary Selesner, AEG President John Meglen, journalist Robin Leach, Las Vegas Review-Journal columnist Norm Clarke, musician and producer David Foster along with several others in a heartwarming tribute to René Angélil, Celine Dion and their family. René Angélil and Celine Dion have been long-time supporters of Opportunity Village and have had a significant impact on building awareness in the community for the organization and supporting the fight to give individuals with disabilities the best lives possible

 

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LINK TO VIDEO: https://vimeo.com/154637050 Password: village

 

Photo 1: Linda Smith, Senior Executive Vice President of Opportunity Village, spoke at the “Celebration of Life” event on Wednesday, February 3 at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace.

 

 

Photo 2: Celine Dion hugs OVIPs after Linda Smith, Senior Executive Vice President of Opportunity Village, spoke at the “Celebration of Life” event on Wednesday, February 3 at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace.

 

 

 

Photo 3: OVIPs stand in respect of René Angélil, Celine Dion and family at the “Celebration of Life” event on Wednesday, February 3 at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace.


Opportunity Village Clients Learn How to Exercise their Right to Vote January 19, 2016 16:21

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Opportunity Village Clients Learn How to Exercise their Right to Vote

WHAT:  Throughout January and February, OVIPs at multiple Opportunity Village campuses are going to learn how to exercise their right to vote. In partnership with the Nevada Disability Advocacy & Law Center (NDALC) and the Clark County Election Department, voting machines will be brought to the Opportunity Village campuses where OVIPs will be educated on the voting system, election process and have the chance to practice voting. This self-empowering endeavor is hosted by the A Team Nevada Chapters.

         

 The A Team Nevada consists of more than 250 active members who are people with disabilities advocating to preserve choice. Their goal is to advocate, improve awareness and offer peer advisement.

 

Opportunity Village is dedicated to providing individuals with intellectual disabilities the programs and services necessary to assist them in their journey of seeking independence and becoming integrated members of the community.

 

WHO:             Opportunity Village OVIPs

 

WHEN/         

WHERE:    Wednesday, January 20 at 10:00 a.m.
                   Opportunity Village’s Ralph & Betty Engelstad Campus
                   6050 S. Buffalo Dr. Las Vegas, NV 89113

 

                  Wednesday, January 27 at 8:30 a.m.

                  Opportunity Village’s Thrift Store

                  390 S. Decatur Blvd. Las Vegas, NV 89107

 

                  Wednesday, February 3 at 10:00 a.m.

                  Opportunity Village’s Walters Campus

                  451 E Lake Mead Pkwy. Henderson, NV 89015

 

                   Wednesday, February 24 at 10:00 a.m.

                   Opportunity Village’s Oakey Campus

                   6300 West Oakey Blvd. Las Vegas, NV 89146

 

MEDIA         

OPP: Footage of OVIPs practicing to vote and using the machines

Interviews with Opportunity Village spokespeople


MAGICAL FOREST OFFERS FREE CHILDREN’S ADMISSION WITH FAMILY NIGHT PROMOTION & PLANS NYE CELEBRATION December 31, 2015 11:01

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MAGICAL FOREST OFFERS FREE CHILDREN’S ADMISSION WITH FAMILY NIGHT PROMOTION & PLANS NYE CELEBRATION

 

WHAT:   The popular Family Night promotion is returning to Opportunity Village’s Magical Forest. Every night from now through Sunday, Jan. 3, with the purchase of one adult general admission ticket you will receive one child (ages 3-12) general admission free.

 As a special New Year’s Eve treat, Opportunity Village will have a special performance by Tarralyn Ramsey of The Voice beginning at 8:40 p.m. Ramsey will count down to the  New Year at 9 p.m. coinciding with the East coast countdown. The New Year’s celebration will include a balloon drop for all Magical Forest visitors to enjoy.

 

WHEN:          Today – Sunday, Jan. 3 

                        5:30 – 9 p.m. (Sunday – Thursday nights)

                        5:30 – 10 p.m. (Friday – Saturday nights)

 

WHERE:        Magical Forest at Opportunity Village

                        6300 W. Oakey Blvd.

                        Las Vegas, NV 89146