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Opportunity Village, Valley Health System partner on donation sites February 06, 2019 16:00

            

Click to tweet: (https://ctt.ac/veT9V) Valley Health System, @OppVillageLV open two new attended donation sites for non-profit's Thrift Store. #OpportunityVillage
 
Donations for OV Thrift Store now being accepted at Spring Valley, Centennial Hills Hospitals
 
For high-res images, please click here

 
LAS VEGAS Opportunity Village and The Valley Health System have partnered up to make giving back and donating to the Opportunity Village Thrift Store more convenient than ever with two new attended donation sites.

Two Valley Health System campuses – Centennial Hills Hospital and Spring Valley Hospital – are now accepting new and gently used items outside their properties. Opportunity Village has placed 26-foot trucks on each campus for donations. Suggested items include clothing, shoes, electronics, housewares and furniture.

“We’re thrilled to partner with one of the leading health networks in Nevada,” said Steve Chartrand, Chief Operating Officer at Opportunity Village. “Centennial Hills Hospital and Spring Valley Hospital have graciously donated their space to help Opportunity Village continue its tradition of receiving quality items for its Thrift Store. We can’t thank them enough.”

Centennial Hills Hospital, located at 6900 N. Durango Drive, and Spring Valley Hospital, located at 5400 S. Rainbow Blvd., join Opportunity Village’s third attended donation site at The Crossing Church at 7950 W. Windmill Ln.

All donation sites are open seven days a week from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

“We’re very pleased to partner with Opportunity Village on donation centers at Centennial Hills Hospital in the northwest and Spring Valley Hospital in the southwest,” said Scott Romney, Senior System Director of Business Development and Marketing for The Valley Health System. “It provides convenient locations and an environmentally friendly alternative for employees, visitors and community members to donate gently used items.”

Donations made to the Opportunity Village Thrift Store are tax deductible and benefit individuals with disabilities right here in the Las Vegas community and put many of them to work in jobs they love.

The Thrift Store, which opened in 1962, is Opportunity Village’s oldest business. It is currently located at 390 S. Decatur Blvd.

For those interested in shopping, store hours are Monday-Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. and Sunday 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. At the Opportunity Village Thrift Store there is no sales tax on donated goods.

About Opportunity Village
MissionOpportunity 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 clients – 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 $3.6 million in 2018.  They are hardworking and diligent, proudly paying taxes and happily leading more fulfilling lives.

ABOUT THE VALLEY HEALTH SYSTEM
The Valley Health System (VHS) cares for patients throughout Southern Nevada and surrounding communities. Accredited by The Joint Commission, VHS hospitals provide a comprehensive array of medical services including cardiovascular, neurosciences, maternity and women’s health, emergency and surgical care, along with specialty programs in stroke, chest pain, pediatrics, orthopedics, diabetes, wound care, surgical weight loss/bariatrics, geropsychiatric services and acute inpatient rehabilitation units. The Valley Health System is proud to be the Official Health System of the Vegas Golden Knights For more information on programs and services, visit www.valleyhealthsystemlv.com

Updated information about The Valley Health System can be found on:
Twitter: www.twitter.com/ValleyHealthLV
Instagram: www.instagram.com/thevalleyhealthsystem/
YouTube: www.youtube.com/TheValleyHealthSystem
Facebook:
Centennial Hills Hospital Medical Center
Desert Springs Hospital Medical Center
Henderson Hospital
Spring Valley Hospital Medical Center
Summerlin Hospital Medical Center
Valley Hospital Las Vegas

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

Marty Wood, Opportunity Village
woodm@opportunityvillage.org
702.880.4041


Opportunity Village announces their new CFO – Scott Edgeworth, CPA February 06, 2019 15:39

                                     

Opportunity Village announces their new CFO – Scott Edgeworth, CPA

LAS VEGAS – We are excited to announce that Scott Edgeworth, CPA, has joined Opportunity Village as Chief Financial Officer.  Edgeworth will oversee all Finance, Compliance and Accounting functions, as well as Purchasing and Information Technology.

For over 20 years, Edgeworth has led financial and operational teams and functions in various industries, such as public accounting, financial services, gaming and manufacturing.  He has developed and executed successful business plans through leadership collaboration and by creating alignment throughout organizations.  He is an innovative problem solver who embraces process improvement principles and believes in transparency and accountability in order to deliver measurable and effective results.

His passion for positive culture and leading change management is in perfect alignment with the evolution and growth of Opportunity Village. Edgeworth lives in Las Vegas with his wife of twenty years, Becky, and their sons. He has served the Las Vegas community as an active volunteer for the Boy Scouts of America, in which all four of his sons participate, and has a history of lending his time and energy to vulnerable communities, where his Spanish fluency has been a major asset.

Please join us in welcoming Scott Edgeworth to Opportunity Village!

About Opportunity Village

MissionOpportunity 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 clients – 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 $3.6 million in 2018.  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 $46.9 million annually.

Press Contacts
Jenna Greene, R&R Partners
Jenna.greene@rrpartners.com
702.228.0222 / 702.318.4289

Marty Wood, Opportunity Village
woodm@opportunityvillage.org              
702.880.4041 / 702.234.5322


Opportunity Village, CG Technologies Sportsbooks Commemorate Inaugural Charity Betting Contest with Trophy Presentation and Party January 14, 2019 14:11

 

UFC legend Forrest Griffin wins celebrity betting challenge that raised $20,000 to help Southern Nevadans with intellectual disabilities

LAS VEGAS – On Saturday, January 12th, Opportunity Village and CG Technologies Sportsbooks commemorated their inaugural #PicksforOV contest with an official watch party at The Palms sportsbook in front of participating celebrities, media, invited guests, executives and sportsbook patrons.

The event included a trophy presentation to the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) and Picks for OV champion Forrest Griffin – who went 49-34-2 in the contest – and a check presentation from CG Technologies Sportsbook.

The $10,000 check from CG Technologies Sportsbook matched the donations, or entrance fees, from the 10 Picks for OV contestants. All $20,000 raised during the 17-week NFL handicapping contest will be going to support Opportunity Village’s mission in serving adults within our community with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

“We had wonderful support and a huge turnout for our inaugural Picks for OV contest and none of it would have been possible without the dedicated members of the Southern Nevada community,” said Adam K. Joseph, Vice President of Philanthropy at Opportunity Village. “It was an absolute blast, and we really have to thank CG Technologies Sportsbooks and our 10 entrants that came in and truly supported the mission of Opportunity Village and made it all happen. Congratulations to UFC and Forrest Griffin – we appreciate everything you’ve done for adults with disabilities.”

The Picks for OV contest featured notable athletes and several of the Las Vegas Valley’s most recognizable names, including UFC Hall of Famer Forrest Griffin, WBW Welterweight Champion Shawn Porter, sportscaster Al Bernstein, former Mayor Oscar Goodman and radio personality Chet Buchanan.

Professional handicapper Scott Spreitzer, Las Vegas Aces play-by-play voice TC Martin, Mayweather Promotions and the Review-Journal’s man-about-town columnist John Katsilometes also took part in the contest.

"Opportunity Village's mission and track record of uplifting people in the Las Vegas community aligns extremely well with our own company's values,” said Parikshat Khanna, CEO of CG Technology. “We were proud to sponsor ‘Picks for OV' to grow awareness of the organization and contribute funds that will directly impact those in the city we all are proud to call home."

For each week of the NFL regular season, Picks for OV participants chose five teams to win against the spread with “betting” lines supplied by the program’s sponsor, CG Technology Sportsbooks.

In March, Opportunity Village will begin its basketball fundraiser with Picks for OV’s Hoops Hoopla, a bracket contest featuring celebrity contestants going against the “public.” All entry fees will go back into the programs and services at Opportunity Village.

About Opportunity Village
MissionOpportunity 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 clients – 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 $3.6 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 $46.9 million annually.

About CG Technology Sportsbooks
CG Technology is one of the largest licensed bookmakers in Nevada and operator of eight Nevada sportsbooks at seven prime Las Vegas resorts, many of them on the world famous Strip and all within easy reach of the city’s 43 million annual visitors. 

CG Technology’s Sportsbooks are known for their high-definition screens, comfortable seating, and designs unique to each host resort. Their Las Vegas sportsbooks range from luxury destinations such as The Venetian, The Palazzo, and The Cosmopolitan to iconic classics like Hard Rock Hotel & Casino and Tropicana to locals’ favorites Silverton Casino, M Resort, and Palms Casino Resort.

More info is available at www.cgsportsbooks.com


Press Contacts

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

Ashton Ferguson, Opportunity Village
fergusona@opportunityvillage.org         
702.880.4071 / 702.273.7674

Nehme E. Abouzeid, CG Technologies Sportsbooks
nehme.abouzeid@cgtglobal.com
702.677.3800


Check out the 4th Quarter OVerView Newsletter! January 02, 2019 13:32


Opportunity Village to host Military Appreciation Night in the Magical Forest, Dec. 19 January 02, 2019 13:25

    

Click to tweet: (https://ctt.ac/7cr28) Join @OppVillageLV on Wednesday, Dec. 19 for Military Appreciation Night in the Magical Forest. All veterans & active military receive free admission for themselves +1 to the park. Bring a non-perishable food item to donate and get $2 off any addtl tickets. #OpportunityVillage

Opportunity Village offering free tickets to Veterans and Active-Duty Military

LAS VEGAS – Opportunity Village will be hosting Military Appreciation Night in the Magical Forest on Wednesday, Dec. 19, a special one-off event where U.S. Veterans and active-duty military receive free admission for themselves and a guest to the organization’s winter wonderland. Veterans Village CEO and Founder, Arnold Stalk, will be the honorary Mayor of the Magical Forest on this special evening.

“Opportunity Village is thrilled to show its appreciation for all these individuals who have dedicated their lives to serving this great country,” said Bob Brown, President & CEO of Opportunity Village. “We can’t thank them enough for their service and are excited to do a little something for them.’”

In addition to the free tickets, $2 discounts will also be available for other members of their family on General Admission tickets or Passports with the donation of a non-perishable food item to Veterans Village. All Veterans and Military must show valid identification to receive their free general admission tickets.

The Magical Forest’s box office opens at 5:30 p.m. Free admission includes entrance only, and does not include rides and attractions. Attendees can purchase individual ride tickets throughout the park for $3 each.

The Magical Forest offers a wide array of family-friendly holiday fun to enjoy, including nightly entertainment, delicious treats and food, The Blizzard mini-coaster, the Forest Express Passenger Train, Cheyenne’s Enchanted Carousel, the Avalanche Slide, the Ethel M Candy Cabin filled with holiday décor and gifts, and photo opportunities with Santa and his friends from the North Pole.

Opportunity Village added over 1 million new lights to the Forest this season and now features the Illumination Experience. The lighting spectacular features a synchronized music show with dancing lights that can be seen from any vantage point of the park and runs every 30 minutes from the time the Forest opens until close.

Opportunity Village’s beloved, 2.5-acre park is located at 6300 W. Oakey Blvd. Las Vegas, NV 89146. The Magical Forest is open every night from Nov. 23 – Dec. 31, 2018 at 5:30 p.m., with the exception of Christmas Day (Dec. 25). General admission tickets for adults (13+) are $12, while children’s (ages 4-12) tickets are $10. Passports can be purchased for $22 and Children’s Passports are available for $19. Children 3 and under receive free admission. Ticket information is available at www.MagicalForest.com.

If interested in sponsorship opportunities for this evening, please contact Francesca at fulcinitif@opportunityvillage.org.

About Opportunity Village
MissionOpportunity 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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Opportunity Village to host First Responders Appreciation Night in the Magical Forest, Dec. 14 January 02, 2019 13:21

                                        

Click to tweet: (https://ctt.ac/eyfOG) Join @OppVillageLV on Friday, Dec. 14 for First Responders Appreciation Night in the Magical Forest. All paramedics, EMTs, police officers, firefighters, and rescuers receive free admission for themselves and a guest to the non-profit's enchanted park. #OpportunityVillage
Opportunity Village offering free tickets to all First Responders in the Las Vegas Valley

LAS VEGAS – Opportunity Village will be hosting First Responders Appreciation Night in the Magical Forest on Friday, Dec. 14, a special one-off event where paramedics, emergency medical technicians (EMT), police officers, firefighters, and rescuers in the Las Vegas Valley receive free admission for themselves and a guest to the organization’s winter wonderland.

Highlighting the night will be a fireworks display that will go off at Opportunity Village’s beloved, 2.5-acre park located at 6300 W. Oakey Blvd. Las Vegas, NV 89146. The firework show will begin at 6:30 p.m.

 “Opportunity Village is thrilled to show its appreciation for all these individuals who have dedicated their lives to serving others,” said Bob Brown, President & CEO of Opportunity Village. “We can’t thank them enough for their continued hard work and for showing this community exactly what it means to be ‘Vegas Strong.’”

In addition to the first-responders and a guest receiving free tickets, $2 discounts will also be available for other members of their family on General Admission tickets or Passports. All first responders must show valid identification to receive their free general admission tickets.

The Magical Forest’s box office will open at 5 p.m. for first responders, and the park officially opens at 5:30 p.m. Attendees can also purchase individual ride tickets throughout the park for $3 each.

The Magical Forest offers a wide array of family-friendly holiday fun to enjoy, including nightly entertainment, delicious treats and food, The Blizzard mini-coaster, the Forest Express Passenger Train, Cheyenne’s Enchanted Carousel, the Avalanche Slide, the Ethel M Candy Cabin filled with holiday décor and gifts, and photo opportunities with Santa and his friends from the North Pole.

Opportunity Village added over 1 million new lights to the Forest this season and now features the Illumination Experience. The lighting spectacular features a synchronized music show with dancing lights that can be seen from any vantage point of the park and runs every 30 minutes from the time the Forest opens until close.

The Magical Forest is open every night from Nov. 23 – Dec. 31, 2018 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 be purchased for $22 and Children’s Passports are available for $19. Ticket information is available at www.MagicalForest.com.

If interested in sponsorship opportunities for this evening, please contact Francesca at fulcinitif@opportunityvillage.org.

About Opportunity Village
MissionOpportunity 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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Opportunity Village to host annual Tree Lighting Ceremony January 02, 2019 13:19

     

Opportunity Village to host annual Tree Lighting Ceremony to kick off 28th Magical Forest

What: Santa Claus will fly in from the North Pole courtesy of Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters before taking part in Opportunity Village’s annual Tree Lighting Ceremony, which features several special guest appearances and live performances.

Who:
Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus, Mayor Carolyn Goodman, Congresswoman Dina Titus, Chippendales, Human Nature, Lorena Peril and the girls of FANTASY at the Luxor, Opportunity Village executives, staff and clients, and Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters executives.

When: Friday, Nov. 23.
Media check-in: 5 p.m.
Live performances: 5:50 p.m.
Tree Lighting Ceremony to begin with Santa arriving via helicopter: 6 p.m.

Where: Opportunity Village’s Magical Forest
6300 W. Oakey Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89146

The Magical Forest is open every night from Nov. 23 – Dec. 31, 2018 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 be purchased for $22 and Children’s Passports are available for $19. Ticket information is available at www.MagicalForest.com.

About Opportunity Village
MissionOpportunity 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


Opportunity Village’s Magical Forest to open with Tree Lighting Ceremony, Nov. 23 January 02, 2019 13:15

    
Click to tweet: (https://ctt.ac/us2p1) Join @OppVillageLV on Friday, Nov. 23 for its Tree Lighting Ceremony to kick off the 28th annual Magical Forest! #OpportunityVillage

Santa Claus is set to fly in from the North Pole courtesy of Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters for the kick off of the 2018 Magical Forest season and the debut of the Illumination Experience lightshow spectacular

LAS VEGAS – Santa Claus is coming to town! Opportunity Village, with the help of Jolly Old Saint Nick and friends, will kick off its largest fundraiser – the Magical Forest – for the 28th season following the organization’s Tree Lighting Ceremony on Friday, Nov. 23.

Upon landing in a helicopter provided by Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters, Santa Claus will be joined by Mrs. Claus, the Chippendales, Human Nature, Lorena Peril of FANTASY at the Luxor, Congresswoman Dina Titus, and others as Mayor Carolyn Goodman flips the switch at 6 p.m. to illuminate the 2.5-acre park located at 6300 W. Oakey Blvd. Las Vegas, NV 89146.

This year, however, Mayor Goodman won’t just be lighting a tree. She will be lighting up the entire Magical Forest to debut the Illumination Experience lightshow spectacular, which includes a synchronized music show with dancing lights to your favorite holiday tunes that can be seen from any vantage point of the park. The Illumination Experience will run every 30 minutes from the time the Forest opens until close.

The Magical Forest, running nightly through Dec. 31 (with the exception of Christmas Day), is expected to attract over 100,000 guests.

“After a record-breaking HallOVeen season, we’re eager to bring back Southern Nevada’s favorite winter destination,” said Adam K. Joseph, Vice President of Philanthropy at Opportunity Village. “The Magical Forest is a vital fundraiser to our organization, and we’re anxious to kick it off for the 28th time.”

The Magical Forest offers a wide array of family-friendly holiday fun to enjoy, including nightly entertainment, delicious treats and food, The Blizzard mini-coaster, the Forest Express Passenger Train, Cheyenne’s Enchanted Carousel, the Avalanche Slide, the Ethel M Candy Cabin filled with holiday décor and gifts, and photo opportunities with Santa. There will also be three new rides – The Sizzler, Wacky Worm Coaster and Samba Balloons – and midway attractions added to the festivities.

The Magical Forest is open every night from Nov. 23 – Dec. 31, 2018 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 be purchased for $22 and Children’s Passports are available for $19. Ticket information is available at www.MagicalForest.com.

About Opportunity Village
MissionOpportunity 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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Magical Forest set to host second annual Pumpkin Paws! January 02, 2019 13:11

    

 Paws, claws, winged or webbed, we invite spirited creatures – and their mortals – for a monstrously good time in the Magical Forest for Pumpkin Paws.

LAS VEGAS – Pumpkin Paws, now in its second year, aims to scare up some fun for even the furriest members of the family. The event, scheduled for October 28th from 10:00 AM until 2:00 PM, will have professional fur-tography, pet-friendly rides, costume contests scheduled for 11:00 AM and 1:00 PM, special guests including Bark-Andre Furry and Cosmo of the 51s, and more. Admission for humans (ages 3+) is just $10 and includes access to the Magical Forest and both the Forest Express Ghost Train and Cheyenne’s Enchanted Carousel. Pets are free.

“This event was such a hit last year,” said Bob Brown, President and CEO of Opportunity Village. “Pets are members of the family and who wouldn’t want to have theirs join them for a day of fun at HallOVeen? Last year we saw a lot of dogs, but also cats, rabbits and even a pig – I can’t wait to see who shows up this year.”

Tickets are available for purchase at the gate or online at PumpkinPawsLV.com. All funds raised at this event help support programs and services for adults with intellectual disabilities in Southern Nevada at Opportunity Village. If you or your business are interested in sponsorship opportunities at Pumpkin Paws, please contact Lindsey Hibbard at hibbardl@opportunityvillage.org.

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.

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MEDIA CONTACTS:
Kristin Hoxie
Opportunity Village
702-880-4043
hoxiek@opportunityvillage.org

Jenna Greene
R&R Partners
702-318-4289
jenna.greene@rrpartners.com


Check out the 3rd Quarter OVerView Newsletter! October 15, 2018 16:17


Vegas Fright Nights & HallOVeen Open To The Public This Weekend! October 03, 2018 08:54


Opportunity Village set to open two largest fall fundraisers

Click to tweet: (https://ctt.ac/qs5RQ) Join @OppVillageLV this fall inside the Magical Forest for the sixth annual HallOVeen and inaugural Vegas Fright Nights — Las Vegas' newest indoor haunted house attraction. #OpportunityVillage

HallOVeen, first-year haunted house to take over Magical Forest

LAS VEGAS – Halloween is steadily approaching, which means Opportunity Village is all set to open its enchanted Magical Forest decorated in spooky fall finery for what will be two of the organization’s largest fundraisers of the year – HallOVeen and Vegas Fright Nights.

Entering its sixth season, the kid-friendly HallOVeen will be accompanied for the very first time by Vegas Fright Nights – Las Vegas newest indoor haunted house attraction. Both events, priced separately, will open nightly at 5:30 p.m. starting Friday, October 5 and run from Oct. 5-7, 12-14 and 19-31 inside the gates of Opportunity Village’s Magical Forest, located at 6300 West Oakey Blvd. Las Vegas, NV 89146.

“HallOVeen at the Magical Forest has quickly become a wonderful fall tradition in the Las Vegas community,” said Adam Joseph, Vice President of Philanthropy at Opportunity Village. “This year will be even more special as we add the remarkable Vegas Fright Nights to the mix. We can’t wait to see friends, family and loved ones take part in our Halloween Heaven this season. By doing so, you are supporting the Opportunity Village mission to help adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities prosper where it matters the most.”

About HallOVeen:

The Magical Forest will be shrouded in Halloween finery for the sixth annual HallOVeen, beckoning ghouls and goblins of all ages with a spine-tingling good time. There will be photo-ops a plenty, tasty treats and trinkets galore and a spooktacular display of Halloween-themed trees. Park goers will enjoy signature attractions — The Forest Express Ghost Train, Cheyenne’s Enchanted Carousel, The Avalanche Slide, The Blizzard Mini-Coaster and more — to go along with three new rides in 2018: Wacky Worm Coaster, Samba Balloons and The Sizzler.

About Vegas Fright Nights:

Two haunted house experiences have completely overtaken the gymnasium inside Opportunity Village’s Oakey Campus. Nightmare Manor and Clown Invasion in 3D are jam-packed with spine-tingling special effects, breathtaking animatronics and shriek-inducing scare zones. The new, heart-pounding experience does not have an age limit, but it’s strongly recommended families take a look at warnings and FAQs listed on VegasFrightNights.com before entering. The first hour of each night is reserved for those seeking a less intense visit.

Also new for 2018 is The Last Ride, a simulated coffin ride that “buries” individuals alive in a pitch black wooden casket while friends and attendees watch from the outside on the Casket Cam. The Last Ride tickets can be purchased as a standalone attraction for $5 or be added at a reduced rate onto your HallOVeen and/or Vegas Fright Nights ticket packages.

Ticket prices for HallOVeen start at $12 for adults and $10 for children (12 and under). Passports, ticket packages and additional information can be found at HallOVeen.com.

Ticket prices for Vegas Fright Nights are $10 online and $15 at the gate. Nightmare Manor and Clown Invasion in 3D are both included on the ticket. Ticket packages and additional information can be found at VegasFrightNights.com.

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


Las Vegas Burger King Restaurants set to run fundraising campaign for Opportunity Village September 05, 2018 13:07

                    

Click to tweet: (https://ctt.ac/YKU6b) Love @OppVillageLV? Visit any #LasVegas @BurgerKing during the month of September to help support adults with disabilities in Southern Nevada. #OpportunityVillage

Burger King looks to surpass last year's donation for nonprofit's Magical Forest


LAS VEGAS
— For the second consecutive year, 43 Burger King restaurants in Southern Nevada will participate in a month-long fundraising campaign to support Opportunity Village, a local non-profit serving adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. 

The campaign, which collectively raised $31,563 last year, begins on September 1st and runs through the month.

One hundred percent of all proceeds raised at the 43 Burger King locations, which are owned and operated by Glencoe Management, will support Opportunity Village's Magical Forest — one of Southern Nevada's renowned holiday traditions that features hundreds of dazzling trees and a wide variety of family-fun entertainment running November 23 to December 31.

"Glencoe Management is thrilled to be holding our second annual fundraising campaign to benefit Opportunity Village," said Megan Keith, Director of Marketing of Glencoe Management. "Last year’s inaugural campaign surpassed our expectations; with our guests’ assistance we raised over $31,000 for Opportunity Village’s Magical Forest. We plan to beat that amount this year.”

During the September campaign, Burger King guests who donate $1 will receive a pair of coupons for a return visit: one for free French Fries or Onion Rings; the other, for one free, soft-serve ice cream.

Funds raised will be allocated back to Opportunity Village’s myriad programs and services that seek to enrich the lives of adults with disabilities and give each of them a sense of Pride, Purpose and a Paycheck.

"We can’t thank Burger King and Glencoe Management enough for their kind hearts and commitment to supporting adults with disabilities in Southern Nevada," said Bob Brown, President and CEO of Opportunity Village. "Their generosity will touch many lives across our organization and also help spread the critical message of inclusion all around the Las Vegas Valley.”

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
Megan Keith, Glencoe Management
mkeith@glencoelv.com
702.254.7400

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

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


 

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Opportunity Village, CG Technology Sportsbooks launch Picks for OV August 28, 2018 13:40

Click to tweet: (https://ctt.ac/3Oi27) This fall, @OppVillageLV and @CGTechnology_ will be introducing #PicksforOV, a fall football handicapping contest featuring prominent members of the #LasVegas community going head-to-head during the 17-week NFL season!

LAS VEGASOpportunity Village has partnered with CG Technology Sportsbooks to launch Picks for OV, a unique fall football fundraising initiative that will feature several of the Las Vegas Valley’s most recognizable names competing in a friendly handicapping contest for 17 weeks.

For each week of the National Football League (NFL) regular season, which runs from September 6th through December 30th, Picks for OV participants will choose five teams to win against the spread with “betting” lines supplied by the program’s sponsor, CG Technology Sportsbooks.

"We're thrilled to partner with one of the state's leaders in sports wagering and mobile-device betting," said Adam K. Joseph, Vice President of Philanthropy at Opportunity Village. "We always strive to find creative ways to raise the much-needed funds for the people we serve, and Picks for OV is an absolute exciting initiative in the gaming capital of the world!”

Participants include former Mayor Oscar Goodman, 98.5 KLUC’s Chet Buchanan, the Review Journal’s man-about-town columnist John Katsilometes, Fox Sports Radio’s TC Martin and Las Vegas Sports analyst and handicapper Scott Spreitzer. Additional entrants will be announced soon to also compete against an Opportunity Village client-based team.

All contestant entrance fees, or “bets”, will be used to support Opportunity Village’s mission in serving adults within our community with intellectual and developmental disabilities. In addition, CG Technology Sportsbooks will be matching up to $10,000 for fundraising support.

For more information on Picks for OV, please contact Daryl Sprague at 702-880-4054 or spragued@opportunityvillage.org.

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

Marty Wood, Opportunity Village
woodm@opportunityvillage.org
702.880.4041

 

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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