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MAGICAL FOREST ILLUMINATES HOLIDAY TREE AND CELEBRATES ARRIVAL OF SANTA CLAUS WITH PAPILLON GRAND CANYON HELICOPTERS November 26, 2016 00:00

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MAGICAL FOREST ILLUMINATES HOLIDAY TREE AND CELEBRATES ARRIVAL OF SANTA CLAUS WITH PAPILLON GRAND CANYON HELICOPTERS

 

**Photos Available At: https://spaces.hightail.com/space/YCNr9**   

 

LAS VEGAS – The holiday season kicked off at Opportunity Village’s Magical Forest on Friday, Nov. 25. Friends, family and loved ones gathered around the beautifully decorated Forest to celebrate with festivities and fun. 

 

The evening could not begin without the guests of honor, Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus. Children waited anxiously, with eyes peeled to the sky for Santa’s grand arrival, courtesy of Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters. Upon their arrival, Old St. Nick and Mrs. Claus assisted with the annual lighting of the tree.

 

Santa joined Mayor Carolyn Goodman, the Strip’s famed doo-wop group Human Nature and Lorena Peril of ‘Fantasy’ at the Luxor Las Vegas in the beloved tradition of illuminating the tree. Following carols and merriment, Mayor Carolyn Goodman flipped the switch for the tree and the forest, dazzling all in attendance with the millions of sparkling lights decorating the forest, as well as marking the beginning of the holidays.    


In addition to the festively decorated Forest, all enjoyed the Forest Express passenger train and depot, Cheyenne’s Enchanted Carousel, Boris the Elf’s 3D Experience, the all-new Avalanche Slide, Rudolph’s Raceway, Rod’s Mini Golf and the Ethel M Candy Cabin. Children shared their wish lists with Santa, before taking pictures with him and his Elves in the Workshop.

 

For 25 years, the Magical Forest at Opportunity Village has been Las Vegas’ most cherished, and now the longest running, holiday tradition.

 

The Magical Forest is open every night from Nov. 19, 2016 through Jan. 1, 2017 at 5:30 p.m., with the exception of Thanksgiving Day (Nov. 24) and Christmas Day (Dec. 25). General admission tickets for adults are $11.99, while children’s tickets are $9.99. Wristbands will be sold for $12 and individual ride tickets for $3. Adult Passports can be purchased for $21.99 and Children’s Passports are available for $18.99. Ticket information will be available at www.MagicalForest.org.

 

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ABOUT OPPORTUNITY VILLAGE
Founded in 1954, Opportunity Village is a Las Vegas-based, not-for-profit organization that serves people with intellectual disabilities to improve the quality of their lives and the lives of the families who love them. Opportunity Village is Nevada’s largest employer of people with disabilities serving nearly 3,000 individuals annually through vocational training, employment, habilitation and social recreation programs and services. Primarily a self-funded organization, Opportunity Village generates the majority of its funding through the business of contracts and fundraising efforts such as the Magical Forest and Great Santa Run. For more information, visit www.OpportunityVillage.org.  

 

PRESS CONTACTS
Marty Wood

Opportunity Village
T: 702.234.5322
woodm@opportunityvillage.org

 

Tamara Rocha / Allie Edwards

R&R Partners for Opportunity Village
Tamara.Rocha@rrpartners.com / Allie.Edwards@rrpartners.com

 

Marina Nicola / Erika Pope

Vox Solid Communications for Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters

mnicola@wearevoxsolid.com / epope@wearevoxsolid.com


Touro University Mobile Clinic Makes Rounds with Help From Opportunity Village November 25, 2016 00:00

Get the scoop on Opportunity Village's amazing partnership with Touro University here: http://bit.ly/2gBlujl

Opportunity Village Nurseries Started at Oakey, Expanded to Henderson November 25, 2016 00:00

Our gardens are growing! Learn more about the seeds we're planting in our community in this Review-Journal piece: http://bit.ly/2gBp1Oy 

Opportunity Village's Magical Forest Celebrates 25 Enchanting Years November 20, 2016 00:00

The Review-Journal's renowned Kats! hits it out of the park again! Follow the link to see a list of 25 magnificent Magical Forest facts that'll get you in the spirit of the season: http://bit.ly/2gBuKnJ


Local Celebrities Support Our Great Santa Run! November 16, 2016 00:00

November 16, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                          

Contact: Lauren Brooks, Purdue Marion & Associates, 702-222-2362 (office), 702-324-0611 (cell) or lauren@purduemarion.com

Gaby Rodriguez, Purdue Marion & Associates, 702-222-2362 (office), 702-956-2233 (cell) or gaby@purduemarion.com

 

Join Local Celebrities in Supporting Opportunity Village

During the Annual ‘Las Vegas Great Santa Run’

Performances by Human Nature and the Opportunity Village OV Elvi

Local celebrities are supporting the not-for-profit Opportunity Village during their annual holiday fundraiser, the Las Vegas Great Santa Run, on Saturday, Dec. 3 in Downtown Las Vegas. The event helps fund programs that provide unparalleled opportunities, enrichment and support to nearly 3,000 citizens with disabilities and their families throughout the Las Vegas Valley.

Human Nature will perform and be the Grand Marshals of the 2016 run, while the Strip’s famed Chippendales will serve as Marshals for the Kris Kringle Jingle Walk. Also in attendance to celebrate the event will be Mayor Carolyn Goodman, ‘Fantasy’ singer Lorena Peril, ‘Sexxy’ singer Gabriella Versace, George Dare, Fox 5 anchor Monica Jackson and Sunny 106.5’s Marco.

The OV Elvi, a dance troupe within Opportunity Village’s Fine and Performing Arts Program, will regale the audience with a performance. Dubbed ‘The World’s Only All-Elvis Dance Troupe,’ the OV Elvi have frequently graced the Las Vegas Great Santa Run stage in its 12 year history and make special appearances at other events throughout the Valley.

To register, visit www.LasVegasSantaRun.org or any local Circle K location. From now to Dec. 2 registration costs are $45 for adults, $25 for children age 6-12, $15 for children aged 2-5 and $10 for pets. Participants will receive a five-piece Santa suit, participation medal and runner goodie bag.

The ‘Las Vegas Great Santa Run’ is sponsored by America First Credit Union, Brenden Mann Foundation, Digital Lizard, Circle K, Eagle Promotions Design Group, Frias Transportation Management, Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, Fox 5, Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Las Vegas, Sam’s Club, Southwest Gas, The D Las Vegas, Warehouse & Logistics Las Vegas, Wynn and Zappos.

 

About Opportunity Village

Opportunity Village is a not-for-profit organization that serves people in our community with significant intellectual disabilities, enriching their lives and the lives of the families who love them by providing meaningful work and life experiences. Voted by Las Vegas Review-Journal readers for “Best Community Organization,” Opportunity Village is Nevada’s largest employer of people with disabilities. Serving more than 2,000 individuals annually, Opportunity Village provides its clients with vocational training, employment, habilitation and social recreation programs and services to make their lives more productive and purposeful.

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Lauren Brooks

Public Relations Manager

Purdue Marion & Associates

3455 Cliff Shadows Pkwy, Suite 190

Las Vegas, Nevada 89129

Direct: 702-222-2362

Cell: 702-324-0611 

Lauren@purduemarion.com


Caesars Entertainment Kicks Off OVIP Night with a $50,000 Check Presentation! November 16, 2016 00:00

 

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

 

CAESARS ENTERTAINMENT TO KICK OFF OVIP NIGHT WITH

$50,000 CHECK PRESENTATION, NOV. 16

 

LAS VEGAS – The beloved OVIP Night at Opportunity Village’s Magical Forest will commence with a $50,000 check presentation, courtesy of Caesars Entertainment. Joined by 100 of Caesars Heroes volunteers, President and CEO of Opportunity Village Bob Brown will kick off the festivities by accepting a generous donation from Caesars representatives Blake and Eric Segal.

The 25th Annual Magical Forest at Opportunity Village has been Las Vegas’ most cherished and longest running holiday tradition. Each year, an entire evening is dedicated to the celebration of Opportunity Village’s true champions – the OVIPs. To show their appreciation, the organization grants free admission to all OVIPs and up to three guests, along with access to all rides, a meal, hot cocoa and a photo with Santa Claus. 

Fun for all ages, a variety of family-friendly attractions can be found at Magical Forest with the Forest Express passenger train and depot, Cheyenne’s Enchanted Carousel, Boris the Elf’s 3D Experience, the all-new Avalanche Slide, Rudolph’s Raceway, Rod’s Mini Golf, the Ethel M Candy Cabin and photo opportunities with Santa and his Elves in the Workshop.

Who:    

Bob Brown; President and CEO, Opportunity Village

Blake Segal; Director of Global Operations, Caesars Entertainment

Eric Segal; Board Member, Caesars Entertainment

Opportunity Village executives and staff

OVIPs

Caesars Heroes Volunteers

When: 

Wednesday, Nov. 16

Presentation begins at 5 p.m.
OVIP event to follow immediately

Where:

Opportunity Village’s Magical Forest

6300 W. Oakey Blvd.

Las Vegas, NV 89146

 

The Magical Forest is open every night from Nov. 19, 2016 through Jan. 1, 2017 at 5:30 p.m., with the exception of Thanksgiving Day (Nov. 24) and Christmas Day (Dec. 25). General admission tickets for adults are $11.99, while children’s tickets are $9.99. Wristbands will be sold for $12 and individual ride tickets for $3. Adult Passports can be purchased for $21.99 and Children’s Passports are available for $18.99. Ticket information will be available at www.MagicalForest.org.

 

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ABOUT OPPORTUNITY VILLAGE
Founded in 1954, Opportunity Village is a Las Vegas-based, not-for-profit organization that serves people with intellectual disabilities to improve the quality of their lives and the lives of the families who love them. Opportunity Village is Nevada’s largest employer of people with disabilities serving nearly 3,000 individuals annually through vocational training, employment, habilitation and social recreation programs and services. Primarily a self-funded organization, Opportunity Village generates the majority of its funding through the business of contracts and fundraising efforts such as the Magical Forest and Great Santa Run. For more information, visit www.OpportunityVillage.org.  

 

PRESS CONTACTS
Marty Wood

Opportunity Village
T: 702.234.5322
woodm@opportunityvillage.org

 

Tamara Rocha / Allie Edwards

R&R Partners
Tamara.Rocha@rrpartners.com / Allie.Edwards@rrpartners.com


We're Celebrating 25 Years of Making Magic! November 08, 2016 00:00

Join us for our silver anniversary and 25th season of Southern Nevada's cherished holiday tradition, the Magical Forest at Opporunity Village! Tickets are now available for purchase here.

Cheyenne's Magical School Bus Tours Backpack Donations Needed November 08, 2016 00:00

Help make Cheyenne's Magical School Bus Tours all the more magical for the thousands of kids joining us from at-risk classrooms this year. Tours begin on December 5, so gather up your goodies and drop them off at your nearest Opportunity Village campus - donation boxes are located at each one across the Valley!
For more information on Cheyenne's Magical School Bus Tours, please visit CMSBT.org or contact Lisa Teigen at teigenl@opportunityvillage.org. 

Opportunity Village Named 'Best Nonprofit' In 2016 Best of Vegas Awards! November 05, 2016 00:00

We won! Thanks to our loyal supporters and biggest fans for rocking the vote in the Review-Journal's 2016 Best of Las Vegas Awards! It was an absolute honor to be named the 'Best Nonprofit' in our community at the Best of Las Vegas Awards Ceremony at The Palazzo on November 5. Through this win, we'll be able to raise even more awareness for our organization and the needs of those we serve ... making the best even better in the years to come! To see all the winners, click here.

Opportunity Village Receives a Generous $1 Million Contribution from NV Energy! November 04, 2016 00:00

Opportunity Village Announces Gift of $1 Million Donation from NV Energy for its Christopher’s Crossing Capital Campaign
 
Funds earmarked for Opportunity Village’s West Oakey Campus
Revive and Renew initiative
 
Click to tweet: (http://ctt.ec/yaeX5): .@OppVillageLV receives $1 million donation from @NVEnergy for its Capital Campaign! #Community #Donation #LasVegas
 
LAS VEGAS – Opportunity Village announces it has received a $1 million donation from NV Energy as a contribution to the organization’s Christopher’s Crossing Capital Campaign. The generous gift will be applied to the Revive and Renew initiative at Opportunity Village’s West Oakey Campus.  
 
"Opportunity Village provides an important service to our community and we are proud to continue our 25-year partnership with them with this donation, which will help them meet the needs of future generations," said Paul Caudill, President and Chief Executive Officer of NV Energy and Chair of the NV Energy Foundation.
 
The Christopher’s Crossing Capital Campaign, unprecedented in size and scope with a goal of $150 million, will fund the development of two residential communities, a fourth Employment Resource Center campus in northwest Las Vegas and expand current campuses to meet the growing demand for programs and services. Funds from this donation are earmarked for the Revive and Renew initiative at the West Oakey Campus, which includes replacing the aging infrastructure, creating a new and safer transportation hub, improving the Magical Forest guest experience, and expanding programs, services and employment opportunities in Pride, Enable and the Employment Resource Center.
 
“We’re beyond grateful for the generosity of Paul Caudill and our terrific friends at NV Energy. This donation will help us improve and expand our myriad of programs and services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and will also allow us to make the Magical Forest bigger, brighter and better than ever,” said Bob Brown, president and CEO of Opportunity Village.
 
NV Energy has a strong tradition of community involvement and a social responsibility strategy designed to improve the quality of life for the people who live and work in their service territories throughout Nevada.
 
About Opportunity Village
Mission: Opportunity Village is a not-for-profit organization that serves people within our community with significant intellectual disabilities, to improve their lives and the lives of their families.
 
Opportunity Village was founded in 1954 by seven families who were determined to give their children with disabilities the best lives possible. Now, more than 60 years later, Opportunity Village is one of the most recognized and respected organizations of its type in the United States.
 
Nevada’s largest employer of people with disabilities (who we call OVIPs), Opportunity Village serves nearly 3,000 individuals annually, providing vocational training, employment, habilitation and social recreation programs and services that make their lives more purposeful and interesting.
 
Opportunity Village citizens – individuals who were previously considered unemployable – work at Opportunity Village’s Employment Resource Centers and in jobs throughout the community, collectively earning wages amounting to more than $3.9 million in 2014.  They are hard-working and diligent, proudly paying taxes and happily leading more fulfilling lives.
 
Primarily a self-funded organization, Opportunity Village generates the majority of its operational funding through its employment contracts and fundraising efforts such as the Magical Forest and Great Santa Run, saving Nevada taxpayers nearly $35 million annually.
 
NV Energy Foundation:
The NV Energy Foundation funds nonprofit organizations in its service territory that support public education, protection of the environment, youth development, arts and multicultural outreach, and health and human services. The NV Energy Foundation is funded by NV Energy, not its customers. For more information about the NV Energy Foundation, visit nvenergy.com/community.# # #
 
MEDIA CONTACT: 
Marty Wood
Director of Marketing
Opportunity Village
702-880-4041
 
Mallory Hanneke
Preferred Public Relations
702-254-5704

Opportunity Village CEO Emeritus Ed Guthrie and His Wife, Sheral, Honored at 2016 Camelot Gala! November 03, 2016 00:00

A heartwarming tribute to Opportunity Village CEO Emeritus Ed Guthrie and his wife, Sheral, from our annual Camelot gala. As 2016's honorees, we celebrated their unwavering dedication to improving the lives of those we serve in our community and the lives of those who love them. With countless uplifting anecdotes and praise from our board of directors, staff and OVIPs, there's no mistaking just how much the Guthries are admired and cherished by all they've touched at Opportunity Village. Thank you, Ed and Sheral!


Las Vegas Great Santa Run Registration Now Open! November 01, 2016 00:00

***FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE***                   
Contact: Lauren Brooks, Purdue Marion & Associates, 702-222-2362 (office), 702-324-0611 (cell) or lauren@purduemarion.com
Gaby Rodriguez, Purdue Marion & Associates, 702-222-2362 (office), 702-956-2233 (cell) or gaby@purduemarion.com
 
Opportunity Village’s ‘Las Vegas Great Santa Run’ to Bring Thousands of Santas to Downtown Las Vegas on Dec. 3
Registration now open 
 
Santas will take over Downtown Las Vegas for the 12th annual, iconic Las Vegas Great Santa Run benefitting Opportunity Village on Saturday, December 3.
This year, Human Nature will join Opportunity Village’s “OVIPs” as the Grand Marshals of 2016. The Strip’s famed Chippendales will serve as the Grand Marshals for the one-mile Kris Kringle Jingle Walk.
The morning will kick off with music by a DJ Mikey P, a Zumba class, and more at 8 a.m. at the Third Street stage at the Fremont Street Experience. The 5K run begins at 10 a.m. with the Kris Kringle Jingle Walk at 10:30 a.m. From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., all proceeds from the Slotzilla zipline and zoomline rides will benefit Opportunity Village.
After the race, runners can enjoy the new Blitzen’s Bar Crawl. Downtown bars will offer drink specials for those with an official red Blitzen’s Bar Crawl cup, which can be purchased online or at select bars the day of the event. Have a jolly good time visiting participating bars, including Inspire Las Vegas, Itsy Bitsy Ramen and Whisky, Park on Fremont, Velveteen Rabbit, Triple George Grill and the Vegas Pub Crawler.
 
The Great Santa Run raises funds and awareness for Opportunity Village’s myriad programs, which provide unparalleled opportunities, enrichment and support to more than 3,000 individuals with intellectual and related disabilities throughout the Las Vegas Valley. Pioneers of the World Santa Alliance, the Las Vegas Great Santa Run is the reigning champion of an annual friendly competition for most Santas gathered for a fun run with Liverpool, Tasmania, Australia, Japan, Belgium, Texas and San Francisco, with plans to maintain the trophy for another year in 2016.
 
To register, visit www.LVSantaRun.com or Circle K locations. From now through December 2, registration costs are $45 for adults, $25 for children aged 6-12, $15 for children aged 2-5 and $10 for pets. Participants will receive a five-piece Santa suit, participation medal and runner goodie bag.
 
The Las Vegas Great Santa Run is sponsored by America First Credit Union, Brenden Mann Foundation, Digital Lizard, Circle K, Eagle Promotions Design Group, Frias Transportation Management, Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, Fox 5, Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Las Vegas, Sam’s Club, Southwest Gas, The D Las Vegas, Warehouse & Logistics Las Vegas, Wynn and Zappos.
 
About Opportunity Village
Opportunity Village is a not-for-profit organization that serves people in our community with significant intellectual disabilities, enriching their lives and the lives of the families who love them by providing meaningful work and life experiences. Voted by Las Vegas Review-Journal readers for “Best Community Organization,” Opportunity Village is Nevada’s largest employer of people with disabilities. Serving more than 3,000 individuals annually, Opportunity Village provides its clients with vocational training, employment, habilitation and social recreation programs and services to make their lives more productive and purposeful.
 
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USA Today: HallOVeen Featured in Las Vegas Halloween Happenings October 24, 2016 00:00

We're making a splash in USA TODAY's Travel section! As Las Vegas' Halloween haunts range from freakishly frightening to family friendly, we're thrilled to see our beloved HallOVeen at the Magical Forest is among the heavyweights on the list.
Click here to view the entire slideshow: http://usat.ly/2eCbmbB 

Our Own Veronica Dishing On HallOVeen Happenings On Morning Blend! October 18, 2016 09:30

Veronica Atkins, our Special Events Director, made an appearance on KNTV's Morning Blend to give Las Vegans the scoop on HallOVeen in 2016! (One of our Flying Monkeys flew in for his fifteen seconds of fame, too!)
Watch the full segment here: http://bit.ly/2efzpgg

Join Us for Wine, Food and Fun at Our 2nd Annual HallOVino at the Magical Forest! October 18, 2016 00:00

Time is wine-ding down for this frolic in the Forest! Sip on unlimited samples of witches brew (wine, of course), dabble in delectable hors d'oeuvres and take a pair of passes to the 2016 Magical Forest season to-go! This enchanted HallOVino evening, taking place Thursday, October 20, 2016 from 5:30 to 8:30 PM, benefits the Legacy Society, securing the future for people with disabilities. 
For more information and tickets: ovevents.org

Opportunity Village Featured on "Heart of Vegas on Cox" October 17, 2016 00:00


Limited-Edition Cookie Crafters Tins Now Available! October 16, 2016 00:00

We can actually say these cookies are good for you.

Order Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Fall and Christmas cookies from our Cookie Crafters Division today: cookiecrafterslv.com


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.

VIEW COMPLETE GALLERY


MEDIA ALERT: 2016 HallOVeen at the Magical Forest October 10, 2016 00:00

***MEDIA ALERT***
Opportunity Village’s 4th Annual “HallOVeen” Open Nightly October 14-31
On-air mentions and camera coverage welcomed

 

WHAT:         

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.

WHEN:         

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.

WHERE:      

The Magical Forest - Opportunity Village Oakey Campus

6300 W. Oakey Blvd. Las Vegas, Nevada, 89146

COST:           

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.

MEDIA OPPS:            

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.

Photo #1

The 3rd annual HallOVeen at Opportunity Village’s Magical Forest opened on October 9, 2015.

Photo #2

The 3rd annual HallOVeen at Opportunity Village’s Magical Forest opened on October 9, 2015.

 

All working media are invited to cover this event. If you are interested in sending a camera and/or reporter, please call Savannah Bruner at 850-543-5644.
 
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Opportunity Village Fall and Holiday Events Lineup October 01, 2016 00:00

Opportunity Village Hosts Several Themed Events Throughout the Fall and Holiday Season for Families and Adults
 Enjoy the 4th annual HallOVeen, 2nd annual HallOVino, the Magical Forest, the Las Vegas Great Santa Run and more

WHAT:          

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.

EVENTS:       

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 schorrd@opportunityvillage.org.

 

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 gambitm@opportunityvillage.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 atkinsv@opportunityvillage.org.

 

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 gambitm@opportunityvillage.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