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Opportunity Village to host voting seminar for adults with disabilities August 10, 2018 10:36

                             

 

Click to tweet: (https://ctt.ac/Nc7tH) Join @ATeamNV1 at a voting seminar on Wednesday, Aug. 15 at #OpportunityVillage! Folks from the NV Disability Advocacy & Law Center and Clark County Election Department are coming to share info and give adults with disabilities an opportunity to cast votes in a mock election!

LAS VEGAS – A Team Nevada, a 600-member state-wide organization comprised of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, will participate in a voting seminar given by the Nevada Disability Advocacy & Law Center and Clark County Election Department at Opportunity Village on Wednesday, August 15.

With voting season approaching, the meeting will help adults with disabilities understand the importance of voting, the machinery used to conduct elections and the process behind it all – both on a local and national level.

A mock election will also be held at the meeting, which starts at 10 a.m. at the Opportunity Village Ralph and Betty Engelstad Campus located at 6050 S. Buffalo Dr. Las Vegas, NV 89113.

“What a wonderful opportunity for A Team members and all self-advocates,” said Tracy Brown-May, who is the Director of Advocacy, Board, and Government Relations at Opportunity Village and the lead organizer with A Team Nevada. “Voting is extremely important in a functioning democracy and we want all people with intellectual and developmental disabilities to know they, too, have a voice and are valuable contributors to society. …

“We are so grateful for the Nevada Disability Advocacy & Law Center and Clark County Election Department for taking the time out of their days to help out.”

For more information about the A Team NV meeting, please contact Tracy Brown-May at mayt@opportunityvillage.org or 702-259-3707.

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.

Seven families who were determined to give their children with disabilities the best lives possible founded Opportunity Village in 1954. Now, more than six decades 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, Opportunity Village serves nearly 2,000 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 $3.7 million in 2016.  They are hardworking 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 more than $37 million annually.


PRESS CONTACTS
Marty Wood, Opportunity Village
woodm@opportunityvillage.org
702.880.4041

 

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Opportunity Village set to host Fall Into Fashion benefit August 09, 2018 09:46

 

     
 
Click to tweet: (https://ctt.ac/HEMmY) Join @OppVillageLV at Fall Into Fashion on Aug. 18. This special event will feature a boutique, lite bites and OV clients walking the runway. Purchase your tickets today! #LasVegas #OpportunityVillage
 

LAS VEGAS – Opportunity Village volunteer group, the OV Angels, have partnered with Zappos for Good, stylist Tiffany Weekes and Las Vegas jeweler MJ Christensen to put on Fall Into Fashion on Saturday, August 18 to benefit the Madi Peck Endowment Fund.

The special mix and mingle event will feature a boutique, lite bites and an Opportunity Village fashion show starting at 2 p.m. at the Opportunity Village Ralph and Betty Engelstad Campus located at 6050 S. Buffalo Dr. Las Vegas, NV 89113.

Opportunity Village clients, along with the endowment’s namesake, Madi Peck, will model the latest fashions as they make their way down the runway – each individual will be escorted by an athlete from UNLV. All Opportunity Village clients participating will be wearing outfits provided by Zappos for Good that were hand selected for them by stylist Tiffany Weekes to represent their individual style.

One highlight for Opportunity Village models this year is that they get to add the fashion they wear to their closet at home thanks to a gracious donation from Zappos for Good. Equally exciting is that the jewelry paired with the fashions will go home with them as well, thanks to partner MJ Christensen.

“The Madi Peck Endowment was started 10 years ago by some very gracious friends of ours who saw the struggles we went through with Madi on a daily basis,” said Terri Peck, mother of the 19-year-old Madi, who was born with a rare genetic disorder and lives with complex and profound disabilities. “The Madi Peck Endowment is a $1 million endowment that will help fund one of the most amazing programs at Opportunity Village – the P.R.I.D.E. (People’s Rights to Independence Dignity and Equality) Program.”

“We’re honored and grateful the Peck Family has chosen to help Opportunity Village’s P.R.I.D.E. Program,” said Chuck Neuwohner, who oversees all programs and services at Opportunity Village. “Not only will this endowment benefit Madi in a few years, but also many wonderful clients served by OV.”

Tickets for Fall Into Fashion start at $35 for individual seats. A table of eight costs $250. Click here for tickets.

For more information about Fall Into Fashion, please contact Jacquline Carpenter at carpenterjr@opportunityvillage.org or 702.880.4046.

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.

Seven families who were determined to give their children with disabilities the best lives possible founded Opportunity Village in 1954. Now, more than six decades 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, Opportunity Village serves nearly 2,000 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 $3.7 million in 2016.  They are hardworking 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 more than $37 million annually.


PRESS CONTACTS
Jenna Greene, R&R Partners
Jenna.greene@rrpartners.com
702.228.0222 / 702.318.4289

Kristin Hoxie, Opportunity Village
hoxiek@opportunityvillage.org
702.880.4043 / 702.572.2734

 

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Aussie Heat to Host Entertainment Industry Showcase to Benefit Opportunity Village August 06, 2018 08:53

Las Vegas’ highest rated male revue to host variety show event featuring Las Vegas entertainers
and Opportunity Village Performing Artists


Las Vegas, Nev. – Aussie Heat, Vegas’s most hands-on male revue, will be hosting and producing a genre-spanning, groove-inspired entertainment industry showcase, The Vegas Variety Show, on Wednesday, August 29 from 4:00 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. at the Opportunity Village Ralph and Betty Engelstad Campus. Open to the public, the event is suited for all ages.

The inaugural variety show will feature performances by individuals in Opportunity Village’s Performing Arts Program, along with local talent who perform throughout Las Vegas in shows and venues including Aussie Heat, Sexxy, David Goldrake - Imaginarium, Stoney’s Rockin’ Country, and many more. The event’s featured entertainers will perform routines from their headlining shows, spanning across several genres including contemporary, hip-hop, ballroom, Western and more. Attendees will also have the chance to get on their feet and show off their best moves by participating in a line dance lesson.

Since debuting in Las Vegas in 2015, Aussie Heat has supported many Las Vegas not-for-profit organizations including Opportunity Village, where they teach monthly lessons to adults with intellectual disabilities and donate a portion of their nightly merchandise sales.

“We are honored to be producing and hosting Opportunity Village’s first-ever ‘Vegas Variety Show,’ which will showcase a diverse collection of performers from around the world who perform nightly, right here in Las Vegas. We hope everyone comes out to join us for an incredible afternoon of entertainment, while supporting Opportunity Village’s unparalleled Fine & Performing Arts Program,” said Adam Barr of Aussie Heat.

Tickets can be purchased for $15 at this link or at the door, and food and beverages will be available for purchase. All proceeds from the event will benefit Opportunity Village’s Fine & Performing Arts Program. The Fine & Performing Arts Program serves individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in music, dance, theater and visual art. The program was designed to increase individual’s awareness of the arts, support their creative passions and offer individualized and group training, while promoting self-expression, social interaction and the development of peer relationships. Additional information can be found on Facebook here.

About Aussie Heat:
Recognized as the most interactive male revue in Las Vegas, the Australian-based show Aussie Heat is comprised of eight classically trained dancers in street, break and hip-hop dancing. As seen on Australia’s Got Talent and So You Think You Can Dance Australia, the group takes male revue to a whole new level. Aussie Heat explodes with interactive seduction and world-class choreography, performing four nights a week at the V Theater inside Miracle Mile Shops. Tickets to the electrifying show start at $54.99 (plus applicable tax fees) and can be purchased online at the  V Theater Box Office. For more information, visit http://www.aussieheatlv.com, or follow on Facebook @AussieHeatLV, Instagram @AussieHeatLV and YouTube @AussieHeat.

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.

Seven families who were determined to give their children with disabilities the best lives possible founded Opportunity Village in 1954. Now, more than six decades 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, Opportunity Village serves nearly 2,000 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 $3.7 million in 2016.  They are hardworking 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 more than $37 million annually.

 

Media Contact:
Gina Yager Creative
(702) 480-8980
gina@gycvegas.com


Opportunity Village’s Kitchen Creations Catering expanding operations August 06, 2018 08:43

Click to tweet: (https://ctt.ac/Z3xag) Enjoy chef-inspired, delicious hot and cold platters prepared with love by @OppVillageLV's Kitchen Creations Catering team! → http://bit.ly/2ocLwSo #LasVegas #LVFoodie #OpportunityVillage

LAS VEGAS – Opportunity Village's Kitchen Creations Catering team, led by newly appointed Executive Chef Cindy Chartrand, is proud to announce expanded kitchen services, including hot and cold catering platters, made fresh out of the organization’s Ralph and Betty Engelstad Campus.

In addition to the charity's long-standing Cookie Crafters and Lunch Bunch divisions, Opportunity Village’s KC Catering team has added over 25 entree and hors d'oeuvres to pair with its trusted fruit, cheese, vegetable, sandwich and wrap platters. 

"Opportunity Village has really taken the next step in its culinary program," Chartrand said. "Our team has taken inspiration from across the globe and built a diverse menu inside Opportunity Village’s state-of-the-art kitchen facility. It’s a menu I can confidently say is delicious and one that we’re all proud of. Not only does KC Catering allow us to feed the community, but it also provides OV another way to serve its wonderful clients."

KC Catering’s hot entrees include traditional favorites such as Chicken Picatta and Spaghetti Bolognese and also regional favorites like Seafood Gumbo and Veal Marsala. Hors d’oeuvres include bruschetta, crab cakes and chicken and vegetable skewers.

KC Catering is the perfect option for gatherings, business meetings and large parties.

Orders can be delivered or picked up during business hours at the Opportunity Village Engelstad Campus in Las Vegas, located at 6050 S. Buffalo Drive, 89113. Special orders can be made upon request.

All orders placed with KC Catering supports programs, services and employment opportunities for people with intellectual disabilities. 

For further details, please visit OVToGo.com or call (702) 880-4040 to speak to a knowledgeable, dedicated staff member at Opportunity Village.


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.

Seven families who were determined to give their children with disabilities the best lives possible founded Opportunity Village in 1954. Now, more than six decades 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, Opportunity Village serves nearly 2,000 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 $3.7 million in 2016.  They are hardworking 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 more than $37 million annually.


PRESS CONTACTS
Ashton Ferguson
Opportunity Village
702.273.7674
fergusona@opportunityvillage.org


Check out the 2nd Quarter OVerView Newsletter! June 28, 2018 09:09


Facebook Fundraising June 07, 2018 11:44

We are excited to let you know that you and all friends of OV can now raise money for Opportunity Village through Facebook Fundraising!

In just a few easy steps you can create and personalize a campaign in support of Opportunity Village’s mission while simultaneous expanding our digital reach. While many people using the platform choose to raise money around special events in their life such as birthdays and weddings, campaigns can be started at any time.

If and when you do decide to use this feature, remember the most important step in the process is to share your campaign as widely as possible amongst your personal social media networks.

Thank you again for all you have done and continue to do for Opportunity Village. 


Terry Fator Fundraiser for OV June 05, 2018 15:04

Strip headliner, The Mirage team up to fundraise for Opportunity Village

Click to tweet: (https://ctt.ac/7Lc78) Join @OppVillageLV at the special Terry Fator Fundraiser for OV on 6/6 at 5:30p! Purchase your tickets today! #LasVegas #TerryFator

LAS VEGAS – Terry Fator, one of the world’s top entertainers and impressionists, has teamed with The Mirage Hotel & Casino to host a special fundraiser for Opportunity Village on the Las Vegas Strip on Wednesday, June 6.

Opportunity Village clients and guests will enjoy a pre-show visit with Fator to go along with drinks and light bites provided by The Mirage inside the property’s Parlor Lounge beginning at 5:30 p.m. A select group will also get to visit with Fator in his dressing room prior to the show for a meet ‘n greet and photo opportunity. This unique experience, donated by Terry Fator and The Mirage, will give guests the best seats in the house for the headliner’s show, which will start at 7:30 p.m. inside the Terry Fator Theatre located at 3400 S. Las Vegas Blvd.

“Terry Fator has had a long-standing relationship with Opportunity Village since arriving in Las Vegas," said Jacquline Carpenter, event manager at Opportunity Village. “We greatly appreciate his support, and are thrilled with his generosity and commitment to our mission. He’s a star on and off the stage!”

Fator has wowed Las Vegas audiences for 10 years following his season-two victory of America’s Got Talent. Paired with a live band, Fator performs nightly with singing, comedy and unparalleled celebrity impressions.

Tickets start at $50 for the Gold Package which includes drinks, light bites and the show. The Platinum Package is $75 and also includes a meet ‘n greet with Terry Fator and a professional photo. For tickets, visit: https://secure.interactiveticketing.com/1.23/09ef48/#/select

For more information about the Terry Fator Fundraiser for OV, please contact Jacquline Carpenter at (702) 349-0474.

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.

Seven families who were determined to give their children with disabilities the best lives possible founded Opportunity Village in 1954. 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, Opportunity Village serves more than 2,000 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 $3.7 million in 2016.  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 more than $37 million annually.

 

PRESS CONTACTS
Kristin Hoxie
Opportunity Village
702.572.2734
hoxiek@opportunityvillage.com 


OVerView Newsletter - 1st Quarter, 2018 April 05, 2018 15:57

 


OV Artist, Vanessa, and Vegas Golden Knights featured on NHL.com February 05, 2018 10:06

Check out this article on NHL.com featuring Opportunity Village's very own Vanessa!

https://www.nhl.com/goldenknights/news/golden-knights-to-celebrate-hockey-is-for-everyone-month-during-february/c-295514116


Opportunity Village Announces Addition of Safety and Security Manager to Its Growing Facilities Team February 04, 2018 00:00

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

February 5, 2018

Opportunity Village Announces Addition of Safety and Security Manager to Its Growing Facilities Team

Retired U.S. Navy Officer and Pilot Steve Luce Brings More Than 35 Years of Service In Non-Profit Sector, Private Industry and Department of Defense to Las Vegas’ Beloved Charity


Click to Tweet (https://ctt.ec/0slze): .@oppvillagelv welcomes Steve Luce to its team as new Safety and Security Manager #LasVegas #LasVegasNews

LAS VEGAS, NV – Opportunity Village introduces Steve Luce as its new Safety and Security Manager, a welcome addition to its expanding Facilities Team. In his role, Luce will be responsible for key initiatives including the standardization of safety training and the implementation of a new Safety Committee to oversee the not-for-profit’s four Southern Nevada campuses and Thrift Store.

Luce joins Opportunity Village with an impressive resume, serving nearly 31 years in the U.S. Navy as an officer, pilot and later in a diplomatic capacity at the United States Embassy in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Upon retiring from a military career that saw him spending time on all seven of the world’s continents, Luce made Las Vegas his home in 2009. He has since been immersed in the local non-profit realm and most recently acted as Goodwill of Southern Nevada’s Senior Manager of Safety and Security, a role he held for over six years.

Steve Luce, Safety and Security Manager at Opportunity Village

“Steve brings a tremendous amount of knowledge and expertise in safety, security, risk management and loss prevention that will help Opportunity Village elevate its Safety and Security Program,” said Julian Serrano, Opportunity Village’s Director of Facilities and Security. “He is an outstanding leader that has a drive for continuous improvement, meticulous analysis and doing the right thing, no matter the circumstances.”

Luce hails from Southern California and proudly earned his Bachelor’s Degree from UCLA in 1977, later adding a Graduate Certificate in Non-Profit Management from UNLV. He and his wife of 39 years, Debbie, have two married sons and are looking forward to someday becoming grandparents.

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.

Seven families who were determined to give their children with disabilities the best lives possible founded Opportunity Village in 1954. 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, Opportunity Village serves more than 2,000 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 $3.7 million in 2016.  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 more than $37 million annually.

 

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MEDIA CONTACT:

Marty Wood
Opportunity Village
702-880-4041
woodm@opportunityvillage.org


Opportunity Village Thrift Store Introduces New Donation Center On Las Vegas Valley’s South Side January 31, 2018 00:00

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

January 31, 2018

Opportunity Village Thrift Store Introduces New Donation Center On Las Vegas Valley’s South Side

The Not-for-Profit Expands Its Retail-Based Footprint with Blue Diamond Road Drop-Off Site, with Attendants Now Accepting New and Gently-Used Goods Daily


Click to Tweet (https://ctt.ec/LIm5F): .@oppvillagelv Thrift Store's new attended donation center in the South Vegas Valley now accepting gently-used goods daily from 7 AM to 8 PM.

LAS VEGAS, NV – The Opportunity Village Thrift Store announces its roll-out of a permanent, attended donation center in the South, giving many Las Vegas Valley residents a convenient, new location to drop off gently-used goods. Donations and their proceeds support the beloved charity’s myriad programs and services for adults with intellectual disabilities, including its Thrift Store which serves as a training facility for its numerous client employees.

Attended from 7:00 AM to 8:00 PM daily, the 4559 Blue Diamond Road site sits in a shopping center at Cameron Street just east of Decatur Boulevard. It joins the flagship 390 S. Decatur Boulevard retail storefront and donation center as one of the many avenues the public can become a friend – and a donor – to Southern Nevada’s largest private, not-for-profit community rehabilitation program.

“It’s a powerful thing to know your donation to the Opportunity Village Thrift Store, whether large or small, will be part of a journey that gives an adult with intellectual disabilities a richer, fuller life,” said Eric Butwinick, Director of Retail Operations at Opportunity Village. “This new site is so much more than a donation center; it’s a way to directly engage with our mission and make a difference.”

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.

Seven families who were determined to give their children with disabilities the best lives possible founded Opportunity Village in 1954. 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, Opportunity Village serves more than 2,000 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 $3.7 million in 2016.  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 more than $37 million annually.

 

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MEDIA CONTACT:

Marty Wood
Opportunity Village
702-880-4041
woodm@opportunityvillage.org


OPPORTUNITY VILLAGE TO OFFER DISCOUNTED MAGICAL FOREST PASSPORTS FOR LAST MINUTE HOLIDAY FUN December 27, 2017 16:25

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

OPPORTUNITY VILLAGE TO OFFER DISCOUNTED MAGICAL FOREST PASSPORTS FOR LAST MINUTE HOLIDAY FUN

Festive Forest Continues to Celebrate the Magic of the Season through New Year’s Eve

LAS VEGAS – As Las Vegas’ longest-running holiday tradition, the Magical Forest at Opportunity Village has delivered yet another heartwarming season of family-friendly fun to the community, but the festivities are not over yet. The beloved Forest will now offer discounted Passports priced at $13 to give guests the gift of savings through the end of the year, Dec. 26-31. Regularly $19 for children and $22 for adults, Passports include admission to the enchanting Forest as well unlimited access to its holiday-themed rides and attractions, including The Blizzard mini-coaster, the Forest Express Passenger Train, Cheyenne’s Enchanted Carousel, the Avalanche Slide, Boris the Elf’s Experience, and Rod’s Mini Golf. As always, children 3 and under are free. Santa doesn’t return to the North Pole until after the Forest season wraps up, so there’s still time for family photos or even whispering a Christmas wish list for 2018.

Magical Forest will also host their annual New Year’s Eve Balloon Drop, where all are invited to reflect on the treasured moments of 2017 and welcome a new year amongst family and friends. The family-friendly party will include a live DJ and pyrotechnic display. The Magical Forest celebration is the only one in Southern Nevada that coincides with the East Coast Ball Drop. So, be sure to bring your family out to the Magical Forest for New Year’s Eve, because when the clock strikes 9:00 p.m., fireworks will paint the sky in an awe-striking display of celebration. Parents and children will be home well before midnight to celebrate the beginning of 2018 with those who matter most.

When:  Discounted Passports

Dec. 26-31

                Magical Forest opens at 5:30 p.m.

                New Year’s Eve Balloon Drop

                Dec. 31

                Fireworks display at 9:00 p.m.

Where: Opportunity Village’s Magical Forest

6300 W. Oakey Blvd.

Las Vegas, NV 89146

The Magical Forest is open every night until Dec. 31, 2017 at 5:30 p.m., with the exception of Christmas Day (Dec. 25). General admission tickets for adults are $12, while children’s tickets are $10. Passports can now be purchased for $13, regularly $22 for adults and $19 for children. Ticket information is available at www.MagicalForest.com.

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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.

Seven families who were determined to give their children with disabilities the best lives possible founded Opportunity Village in 1954. 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, Opportunity Village serves more than 2,000 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 $3.7 million in 2016.  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 more than $37 million annually.

 

PRESS CONTACTS
Kristin Hoxie

Opportunity Village
702.572.2734
hoxiek@opportunityvillage.com 

 

Stevi Portz

R&R Partners for Opportunity Village

702.875.5035
stevi.portz@rrpartners.com


THE MAGICAL FOREST KICKS OFF THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR WITH ANNUAL TREE LIGHTING, NOV. 24 November 20, 2017 11:16

As Las Vegas’ longest-running holiday tradition, the Magical Forest at Opportunity Village has returned for another year of spreading holiday cheer to Southern Nevada families. Kicking off the festivities, the annual Tree Lighting Ceremony will welcome Mayor Carolyn Goodman and Congresswoman Dina Titus as they flip the switch to illuminate millions of glittering lights throughout the Forest.

The Magical Forest Opens Friday, November 24! November 19, 2017 14:03

Click below to see what fun the Forest has for you in 2017! Tickets are available at MagicalForest.com.

Fall 2017 Newsletter November 01, 2017 00:00

Click HERE to view the Fall 2017 Opportunity Village Newsletter


HallOVeen's Making the Vegas Halloween Must-Do Roundup! October 23, 2017 00:00

Read it on Thrillist here.
Read it on 8 News Now here.
BONUS: 
Check out Las Vegas Sun's photo coverage of Pumpkin Paws at HallOVeen here.

OV IN THE NEWS: Opening Weekend Fun at HallOVeen 2017! October 16, 2017 00:00

We kicked off HallOVeen 2017 with a record number of ghouls and goblins, volunteers and friends from the local media, too! Come back out and see us Friday, October 20 through Tuesday, October 31, and for more details and tickets, visit HallOVeen.com.

Check us out in the news below!

Watch Clip, Courtesy of KVVU

Watch Clip, Courtesy of KTNV


Introducing PUMPKIN PAWS at HallOVeen! October 11, 2017 00:00


Support the HallOVeen Candy Drive and Score FREE Tickets! September 12, 2017 00:00


OV Welcomes Adam Joseph as VP of Philanthropy August 16, 2017 16:18

LAS VEGAS, Nev. – Las Vegas’ Favorite Charity, Opportunity Village, announces today the appointment of Adam K. Joseph, who joins the organization as Vice President of Philanthropy.

In this role, Joseph will build upon existing momentum of Opportunity Village's fundraising and philanthropic efforts – Nevada’s largest, private nonprofit community rehabilitation program, serving adults within the Southern Nevada community with intellectual disabilities. Along with his dedicated team, Joseph will be responsible for overseeing all fundraising initiatives, which includes capital campaigns, giving programs, grants, and events. He will also play a key role in increasing engagement across Southern Nevada with prospective and current donors.

It is a great honor to join an organization that has such a critical purpose in our community. Providing opportunities for people with intellectual challenges to help them achieve their potential and thrive in our community is both rewarding and inspiring. I look forward to working with the entire Opportunity Village team to continue their tremendous work and to ensure that they are positioned for success in their future efforts," said Joseph.

Photo:  Opportunity Village Vice President of Philanthropy, Adam K. Joseph


Joseph has more than 20 years of expertise in scaling organizations through strategically focused leadership and direction for increased profitability. Previous to his role at Opportunity Village, he was the CFO for West Main Partners, a family office that had investments in the areas of technology and hospitality. Through his career as a senior executive experienced in overseeing strategic and tactical business development, Joseph grew to be a disciplined and motivated leader who created momentum among his team to implement strategic initiatives.  His forte is creating cohesive teams that support strategic objectives and he is looking forward to working with his team at Opportunity Village.

Joseph will be returning to Las Vegas where he spent 14 years in the Valley, 12 years of which he was the founder and President of a locally based company providing sales, marketing and development in the hospitality industry. He is a graduate of the Conrad N. Hilton College at the University of Houston. He is honored to become an integral part of Opportunity Village, and is committed to forging lasting partnerships with a focus on creating new paths forward for its continued efforts.


Opportunity Village and Clark County School District Celebrate 15th Year of their Job Discovery Program August 01, 2017 00:00

PHOTO CUTLINE

August 1, 2017 

Opportunity Village and Clark County School District Celebrate 15th Year of their Job Discovery Program


Click to Tweet: (update link) @OppVillageLV Celebrates15th Year of Job Discovery Program. The students all did an amazing job! #nonprofitnews #CCSD

LAS VEGAS, Nev. – Opportunity Village, in partnership with Clark County School District

(CCSD), held their 15th annual event celebrating the Job Discovery Program on Friday, July 28.

 

The event acknowledged CCSD students that successfully completed the job training

and discovery program, acquiring invaluable vocational training in preparation for future

successful employment.

 

President and CEO of Opportunity Village, Bob Brown, and Nevada Secretary of State, Barbara

Cevagske, were on hand to pass out the Job Discovery Program Celebration certificates.

 

Photo Cutline:  Job Discovery Program honorees celebrate at the 15th annual event, which took place at the Opportunity Village Event Center (6300 West Oakey Blvd.  Las Vegas, NV 89146).  The Job Discovery Program is a partnership between Opportunity Village and CCSD.

Photo Cutline:  Michael Arroyo, a past Job Discovery Program participant, spoke to the students. Job Discovery Program honorees celebrate at the 15th annual event, which took place at the Opportunity Village Event Center (6300 West Oakey Blvd.  Las Vegas, NV 89146).  The Job Discovery Program is a partnership between Opportunity Village and CCSD.

 

Photo Cutline:  Nevada Secretary of State, Barbara Cevagske, and Opportunity President and CEO, Bob Brown, awarded Shandel her Job Discovery Program congratulatory certificate. The event took place at the Opportunity Village Event Center (6300 West Oakey Blvd.  Las Vegas, NV 89146).  The Job Discovery Program is a partnership between Opportunity Village and CCSD.

Photo Cutline:  The Opportunity Village OV Elvi were just some of the evening’s entertainment at the Job Discovery Program celebration. The event took place at the Opportunity Village Event Center (6300 West Oakey Blvd.  Las Vegas, NV 89146).  The Job Discovery Program is a partnership between Opportunity Village and CCSD.

 

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.

Seven families who were determined to give their children with disabilities the best lives possible founded Opportunity Village in 1954. 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, Opportunity Village serves more than 2,000 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 $3.7 million in 2016.  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 more than $37 million annually.

 

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Opportunity Village and Cox Communications Expand Contract, Cox Foundation Donates $300,000 to Christopher's Crossing Capital Campaign July 20, 2017 00:00

July 20, 2017

 

Cox Provides Greater Opportunity

Contract expansion, $300k grant offer Opportunity Village workers brighter future

LAS VEGAS – July 20, 2017 - Cox Communications is empowering individuals with developmental disabilities to become self-sufficient and is integrating them into the community through a partnership with Opportunity Village (OV). A presentation at Opportunity Village’s North Campus today announced an expanded contract to provide independence to more individuals through wage-paying, vocational jobs. In addition, a $300,000 check from the James M. Cox Foundation was presented to help fund OV’s Christopher’s Crossing Capital Campaign.

The contract expansion with OV will secure vocational training well into the future for the self-titled “Rockin’ Remoters” – a core group of currently 10 workers focused on the rehab of Cox remotes with another 45 workers refurbishing, neatly packaging and sealing equipment power cords and adapters in a 20,000 sf production and training facility.

A $300,000 check from the James M. Cox Foundation will support the PRIDE and Enable programs at OV’s Oakey Campus. The Cox Foundation provides philanthropic support to nonprofits where Cox Enterprises and its divisions (Cox Communications, Cox Automotive and Cox Media Group) operate.  

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.

Seven families who were determined to give their children with disabilities the best lives possible founded Opportunity Village in 1954. 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, Opportunity Village serves nearly 2,000 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.

About Cox Communications
Cox Communications is a broadband communications and entertainment company, providing advanced digital video, Internet, telephone and home security and automation services over its own nationwide IP network. The third-largest U.S. cable company, Cox serves approximately 6 million residences and businesses. Cox Business is a facilities-based provider of voice, video and data solutions for commercial customers, and Cox Media is a full-service provider of national and local cable spot and digital media advertising. Cox is known for its pioneering efforts in broadband, voice and commercial services, industry-leading customer care and its outstanding workplaces. For nine years, Cox has been recognized as the top operator for women by Women in Cable Telecommunications; Cox has ranked among DiversityInc's Top 50 Companies for Diversity 12 times. More information about Cox Communications, a wholly owned subsidiary of Cox Enterprises, is available at www.cox.com and www.coxmedia.com.

 

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A $300,000 check from the James M. Cox Foundation was presented to Opportunity Village (OV) to support the PRIDE and Enable programs at OV’s Oakey Campus during a ceremony on July 20. From left are Patrick J. Esser, president of Cox Communications; OV client Sam; John Wolfe, senior vice president at Cox; Bob Brown, president and CEO of OV; Michael Bolognini, OV board member and vice president - market leader at Cox; Jeremy Aguero, chair of OV board of directors and principal at Applied Analysis. Seated in front is OV client Talina.   

Cox Communications announced an expansion of an existing local contract with Opportunity Village (OV) to sort, clean, test and package Cox remote control units and wires/cables for its Nevada cable operations. The contract will now include its cable operations in five other states. OV clients performing the work refer to themselves as “Rockin’ Remoters” and were presented with custom “Remoters” t-shirts at the announcement.  From left are John Wolfe, senior vice president at Cox; Bob Brown, president and CEO of OV; Patrick J. Esser, president of Cox Communications; OV client Cathy; OV client Sam; OV client Talina and Michael Bolognini, OV board member and vice president - market leader at Cox.


Opportunity Village Welcomes Keith Hughes as Programs and Services Director July 18, 2017 00:00

 

July 1, 2017

Opportunity Village Welcomes Keith Hughes as Programs and Services Director


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LAS VEGAS, Nev. – Las Vegas’ Favorite Charity, Opportunity Village, announces today the appointment of Keith Hughes, who joins the organization as Director of Programs and Services. In this role, Hughes will oversee the PRIDE, Enable, Community Outreach and Fine and Performing Arts programs, as well as OV’s full-time skilled nursing services, the only such service offered in Southern Nevada, and a case management team that ensures the highest quality of services are delivered. Additionally, Hughes will manage and mentor staff to help develop OV’s next generation of leaders.

Hughes joined the Opportunity Village team at the end of June. Prior to OV, Hughes worked with U.S. Congressman Joe Heck, D.O. (R-NV) as a District Director overseeing constituent assistance programs for Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security and other related issues.

Hughes, a Michigan native, began his professional career in law enforcement shortly after graduating high school. After three and a half years, Hughes left his position as Deputy Sheriff to serve in the United States Marine Corps as an air traffic controller. During tours in Tennessee, North Carolina, California, Japan and Australia, Hughes distinguished himself in many leadership roles at all levels of airport operation, management and international relations. Hughes received the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal for sustained superior performance, and attained the rank of Gunnery Sergeant. After receiving an honorable discharge, Hughes worked in the commercial aviation field for several years.

 

Feeling the need to serve others again, Hughes decided to pursue a new career and entered graduate school to study psychology. He provided in-home psychosocial rehabilitation and parent training to troubled youth and their families with Boys Town and later oversaw two- dozen group homes in Southern Nevada that serve nearly 70 intellectually disabled adults. He holds a Bachelors of Science degree in aeronautics from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and a Master of Arts degree in counseling psychology from National University.

 

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.

Seven families who were determined to give their children with disabilities the best lives possible founded Opportunity Village in 1954. 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, Opportunity Village serves nearly 2,000 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.

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Media Contact:

James Woodrow

Preferred Public Relations

702.254.5704

james@preferredpublicrelations.com


Opportunity Village Redesigns Thrift Store by Restructuring Space to Create Fresh New Look July 04, 2017 00:00

July 3, 2017

Opportunity Village Redesigns Thrift Store by Restructuring Space
to Create Fresh New Look


New Departments and Added Features to Enhance Customer Experience


Las Vegas
Opportunity Village announces the redesign of its acclaimed thrift store, located at 390 S. Decatur Blvd. Now reopened, the restructured space features new departments and showcased display areas that will provide customers with a fresh, enhanced shopping experience. 

Opened in 2012, the current location of the Opportunity Village Thrift Store features over 3,800-square feet of retail space offering clothing and personal care products to furniture, household items, electronics and more. Having served Las Vegas for decades, Opportunity Village’s original store was located on Main Street in the downtown Arts District, and served customers until a devastating fire destroyed the store in 2010. Sue Kurland, who was recently hired as the store’s new general manager, had the vision of recapturing the artsy, eclectic feel that customers loved about the original location.

“The Opportunity Village Thrift Store is not just a thrift store, but also serves as a retail training center for people with intellectual disabilities to learn all aspects of retail,” said Sue Kurland, General Manager. “We decided to update the store to make it more beautiful for the community that supports us by shopping here, and for our clients to feel proud when they come to work every day!”

The newly designed store now features a Kids Corner, an Online Store showcasing items currently featured on Ebay and other online shopping sites, and a Study Room where customers can relax, read a book and engage with staff. The store also features new fashion displays in the front windows, as well as furniture items styled together as a complete set so customers can envision how pieces could look in their home.

Employing nearly 30 proud, hard-working individuals with intellectual disabilities, the Opportunity Village Thrift Store accepts donations from individuals as well as local businesses and organizations, conventions and overstock from designer and name brand retail stores. Merchandise often includes donations from popular annual conventions that shoppers look forward to each year, including World Market and the National Hardware Show. The store also features special sales and promotions, and offers each day of the week throughout the month.

The Opportunity Village Thrift Store is open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sundays 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Donations can be dropped off at the store, located at 390 S. Decatur Blvd., or arranged for free pickup by calling (702) 383-5911. For more information visit https://www.opportunityvillage.org/pages/thrift-store or to reach the store directly, call (702) 383-1082.

 

 

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The Opportunity Village Thrift Store, located at 390 S. Decatur Blvd., has been restructured with new showcase display areas to provide customers with a fresh, enhanced shopping experience.

 

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The newly redesigned Opportunity Village Thrift Store, located at 390 S. Decatur Blvd., now features a Study Room where customers can browse, relax and read a book.

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Shoppers at the redesigned Opportunity Village Thrift Store, located at 390 S. Decatur Blvd., can expect to find new displays showcasing furniture, home décor and other items styled together as a complete set so customers can envision how pieces could look in their home.

About Opportunity Village
Mission: Opportunity Village is a not-for-profit organization that serves people within our community with significant intellectual disabilities, to enhance 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, Opportunity Village serves nearly 2,000 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 $3.7 million in 2016. 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 $37.4 million annually.

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