Las Vegas Sun: 4th Annual HallOVeen Opening Night Photos October 15, 2016 00:00
It's been spookified once again! Ghouls and goblins of all ages watched in wonder as the Magical Forest was transfixed and transformed for its opening night of HallOVeen on October 14, 2016.
HallOVeen is open nightly from October 14 - October 31.
Sunday through Thursday: 5:30pm – 9:00pm
Friday through Saturday: 5:30pm – 9:30pm.
Check out these opening night snapshots featured in the Las Vegas Sun, and click the link below to view the rest of the spectacular slideshow.
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Sean's Park Grand Opening Media Coverage May 31, 2016 10:56
Opportunity Village Partners With MentalHappy to Include Opportunity Village Client Artwork in Cheerboxes May 25, 2016 10:35
Opportunity Village is partnering with MentalHappy to include unique bookmarks created by Opportunity Village clients (OVIPs) in personalized Cheerboxes.
MentalHappy is an online service that delivers personalized gift boxes referred to as a Cheerbox, to help individuals overcome anxiety, stress, worry, depression and sadness through practical and fun gifts. A Cheerbox is a fun and encouraging surprise during life’s moments when he or she needs it the most. Each personalized Cheerbox is handcrafted with four amazing happiness tools inside. An uplifting hand written motivational note is always included. MentalHappy’s mission is to make people happier, one Cheerbox at a time.
“Opportunity Village is excited to partner with an organization whose mission is to support the health and happiness of others. OVIP artists create each bookmark with love and the artists are overjoyed to share their talent and stories with Cheerbox recipients,” said Bob Brown, president and CEO of Opportunity Village.
Cheerbox recipients across the country and throughout Canada will enjoy hand-painted bookmarks from OVIPs in Opportunity Village’s Fine Art Program. Cheerboxes cost $39.00, which includes free shipping via UPS, and can be ordered online at https://mentalhappy.com/OpportunityVillage. 5% of all Cheerbox proceeds go to support the mission and efforts of Opportunity Village.
Opportunity Village’s Fine Art Program is a progressive visual arts program that encourages artists with intellectual and related disabilities to discover their artistic talents, refine their techniques or learn new ones through an individualized artistic process set in an open studio. In the studio, each artist maintains a professional studio practice as working artists, building a body of work for exhibition and sale.
About Mental Happy
MentalHappy is an online service that delivers personalized gift boxes referred to as Cheerboxes, to help individuals overcome anxiety, stress, worry, depression and sadness through practical and fun gifts. A Cheerbox contains four items or ‘happiness tools’: a gratitude jar, notebook of positive aspects and two additional items personalized to the recipient’s likes and needs. Cheerboxes are intended to motivate and inspire individuals while increasing their mental and emotional wellbeing.
2.5-acre park designed for individuals with intellectual and physical disabilities
LAS VEGAS – On Wednesday, May 11, Opportunity Village celebrated the grand opening of Sean’s Park, a 2.5-acre innovative life-learning park developed for children and adults with intellectual and physical disabilities. The first of its kind, Sean’s Park is located at Opportunity Village’s Ralph and Betty Engelstad Campus.
The program commenced with speeches from Clark County Commissioner Steve Sisolak and Opportunity Village executives Bob Brown, president and CEO; Ed Guthrie, CEO Emeritus; and Linda Smith, senior executive vice president. An OVIP (Opportunity Village Important People) sign language class signed the National anthem followed by Sean Morrissey’s family (the park’s namesake) sharing a few words regarding what Sean’s Park means to them. A miniature golf tournament concluded the event with a roster including Commissioner Steve Sisolak and Michael Morrissey, Opportunity Village Board Member; with Opportunity Village executives Bob Brown, President and CEO; Ed Guthrie, CEO Emeritus; as well as UNLV football coach, Tony Sanchez and UNLV golf coach, Dwaine Knight, each paired with a group of OVIPs. Attendees had the opportunity to create memory rocks for the park, the chance to plant a flower in one of the gardens and were able to enjoy park facilities including bowling and a shuffleboard court.
Sean’s Park offers Opportunity Village clients and other members of the community with disabilities new life-skill building equipment and activities. The park encourages conceptual learning, personal awareness, physical activity and social learning. Sean’s Park is a private facility; public interested in visiting should call (702) 262-1550 for details.
On Wednesday, May 11, Clark County Commissioner Steve Sisolak presented Sean Morrissey (the park’s namesake) a proclamation at the grand opening celebration of Sean’s Park located at Opportunity Village’s Ralph and Betty Engelstad Campus.
On Wednesday, May 11, Sean Morrissey’s family; Linda Smith, senior executive vice president of Opportunity Village; Clark County Commissioner Steve Sisolak; Ed Guthrie, CEO Emeritus of Opportunity Village; Bob Brown, president and CEO of Opportunity Village; Tony Sanchez, UNLV Football Head Coach; Dwaine Knight, UNLV Golf Head Coach; Cary Harned, Opportunity Village Senior Grants & Major Gifts Officer and Lauren Boitel, Executive Director Green Chips and EnergyFit Nevada (from left to right), lined up for the first put at the grand opening celebration of Sean’s Park located at Opportunity Village’s Ralph and Betty Engelstad Campus.
On Wednesday, May 11, guests like Madi Peck, daughter of Opportunity Village ARC Board Member Terri Peck, were able to ride on the Liberty Swing, a unique swing-set designed to enable individuals to swing while in a wheelchair at the grand opening celebration of Sean’s Park located at Opportunity Village’s Ralph and Betty Engelstad Campus.
Best Mattress Memorial Day Sale to Benefit Opportunity Village May 12, 2016 09:34
Between May 24 and May 31, Best Mattress will donate $5 from every mattress sold to Opportunity Village
LAS VEGAS – Las Vegas’ Favorite Charity, Opportunity Village is partnering with Best Mattress for a special Memorial Day sale. From May 24 through May 31, Las Vegas area Best Mattress locations will be donating $5 from every mattress sold to Opportunity Village.
Best Mattress operates 22 stores throughout the Las Vegas Valley and Utah. “Giving back to our community is what we do, it’s our way of saying Thank You to our loyal customers for their ongoing support,” said David Mizrahi, owner of Best Mattress.
Opportunity Village is dedicated to assisting individuals with intellectual disabilities on their journey to independence and becoming integrated members of the community. The organization relies on community support and partnerships to continue providing programs and services to nearly 3,000 citizens with intellectual disabilities annually.
For a list of Las Vegas Best Mattress locations, please visit http://www.bestmatt.com/locations/.
LAS VEGAS – Opportunity Village will raise the curtain on its 6th Annual Spring Performing Arts Concert, OVation, on Thursday, May 26st at 6 p.m. at the Opportunity Village Ralph and Betty Engelstad Campus located at 6050 S. Buffalo Drive.
The concert will showcase a collection of music, dance and theatre performances by OVIPs particpating in Opportunity Village’s Fine and Performing Arts Program.
“OVation provides OVIPs the opportunity to perform for the Las Vegas community and express themselves through the arts, in singing, dancing or acting, ” says Sarah Quinn, manager of the Opportunity Village Fine and Performing Arts Program. “OVIPs practice year-round for this event and when they take the stage, it truly is a magical performance.”
OVation is a free concert open to the public with food and beverages available for purchase. For more information about OVation please contact Sarah Quinn at (702) 262-1515.
Opportunity Village Announces New Hire Brad Stith as Director of Philanthropy and Campaigns May 12, 2016 09:29
LAS VEGAS –Las Vegas’ favorite charity, Opportunity Village, announced new hire, Brad Stith, who joins the organization as the Director of Philanthropy and Campaigns.
The Director of Philanthropy and Campaigns is an integral position at Opportunity Village, serving as the lead for the Christopher’s Crossing Capital Campaign and Opportunity Village’s annual giving campaign.
Stith will play a central role in working with the major gifts and campaign leadership staff to coordinate, facilitate, and shape the implementation of the organization’s campaign strategy and annual giving plans in order to build and complete a successful campaign. Serving over twenty-five years in the nonprofit sector, Stith brings considerable experience and knowledge to Opportunity Village.
“I am privileged everyday to work alongside some of the most giving and caring individuals on the planet, knowing that our work helps to improve the quality of life for thousands of individuals and families,” said Brad Stith, Director of Philanthropy and Campaigns at Opportunity Village.
Stith began his nonprofit development career in 1990 as a Development Consultant with the fundraising consulting firm Ketchum, Inc., providing capital campaign counsel and eventually serving as a Vice President of the firm. He then served as Executive Director of the Nevada Ballet Theatre in Las Vegas and managed the capital, endowment and construction efforts, resulting in the opening of the Donald W. Reynolds Cultural Center. Throughout his career, Stith has helped secure more than $300 million for worthy missions across the country.
In support of his fundraising profession, Stith is a Certified Fund Raising Professional (CFRE) and Certified Specialist in Planned Giving (CSPG). He is a long-standing member of the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy (AHP) and currently serves on the AHP Journal Advisory Council. Previously, Stith served as president of the Association of Fundraising Professionals Las Vegas, Nevada Chapter and he served on the Southern California Association for Healthcare Development board for several years. He also recently served on the San Joaquin Valley Planned Giving Council board.
In addition to his professional affiliations and contributions, Stith has served on several nonprofit boards including St. Jude’s Ranch for Children, Safe Nest and the Las Vegas Northwest Rotary. He is a graduate of the Leadership Las Vegas and Fresno programs, and served on St. Rose Dominican Hospitals’ Medical Ethics Committee in Las Vegas and Community Medical Centers’ Institutional Ethics Committee in Fresno.
Art About People Exhibit Benefits Opportunity Village May 12, 2016 09:27
LAS VEGAS (May 6, 2106) Shapiro & Sher Group, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Nevada Properties and Emerald Homes have teamed up to present ‘Art About People,’ an exhibit of original artwork from Opportunity Village artists. More than 100 exhibits are on display and available for public preview and purchase now through May 31. Proceeds will benefit Opportunity Village, Las Vegas’ Favorite Charity, a local non-profit that serves nearly 3,000 individuals with intellectual disabilities annually.
Pieces on display in the ‘Art About People’ exhibit average $100 in price and can be viewed daily from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Sandstone Edge, a semi-custom luxury home collection by DR Horton’s Emerald Homes. Sandstone Edge is located at 1644 Quartz Ledge Court in Southwest Las Vegas near the intersection of Charleston Boulevard and Buffalo Drive.
“We really enjoy working with Opportunity Village and have auctioned their artwork at events in the past to raise money for their programs and services,” said Ivan Sher, principal of Shapiro & Sher Group. “Our parent company, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Nevada Properties, is also a corporate supporter and holds regular fundraising and volunteer events to help this incredible organization.” Sher’s business partner, Florence Shapiro, and Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Nevada Properties’ CEO Mark Stark both serve on the Opportunity Village Foundation Board of Directors.
‘Art About People’ kicked off April 30 with an opening reception at the Sandstone Edge model homes that raised $5,000 and Sher said he expects at least $5,000 more to be raised during the exhibit. “These are truly gifted artists who have created pieces anyone would be proud to display in their home or business,” said Sher. “It’s an easy way to support the organization and bring a little more style and color in your life!” The purchase price of the artwork is also tax-deductible.
For more information, call Sandstone Edge at 702-501-6301 or its sales team Shapiro & Sher Group at 702-315-0223.
LAS VEGAS - On Tuesday, March 29, Las Vegas’ male hip-hop strip show Aussie Hunks visited Opportunity Village’s Engelstad campus and conducted a hip-hop dance class for OVIPs. The Aussie Hunks concluded the class by presenting the organization a generous donation.
Opportunity Village OVIPs in the Fine and Performing Arts Program were taught new dance moves and choreography, and then performed what they learned for the Aussie Hunks. The Fine and Performing Arts Program at Opportunity Village teaches individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities music, dance, theatre and visual art, and is designed to increase awareness of the arts, support creative expression, and provide technique and training. This program promotes self-expression, social interaction and the development of peer relationships, while providing participants the opportunity to perform on stage at Opportunity Village and community events throughout the year.
Photo 1: Opportunity Village OVIPs learned new hip-hop moves from the Aussie Hunks at Opportunity Village’s Engelstad campus on Tuesday, March 29.
Opportunity Village OVIPs in the Fine and Performing Arts Program practiced their hip-hop moves with the Aussie Hunks at Opportunity Village’s Engelstad campus on Tuesday, March 29.
Opportunity Village OVIPs posed with the Aussie Hunks after the Las Vegas strip show presented the organization a donation at Opportunity Village’s Engelstad campus on Tuesday, March 29.
Opportunity Village is Collecting Gently Used Formal Wear for OVIPs to wear at the Annual Starlight Ball on April 8 March 11, 2016 11:02
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WHAT: Opportunity Village is asking the public to donate gently used formal wear for the organization’s annual Starlight Ball on April 8. Las Vegas’ Favorite Charity is requesting the community’s help to outfit OVIPs so that they look their best at one of their favorite dances of the year, a formal event filled with food, fun and lots of dancing. Opportunity Village is requesting donations of dresses, suits and tuxedos in various styles and sizes. Donations can be dropped off at the Opportunity Village Thrift Store. Make sure to mention that the donations are for the Starlight Ball when donating.
WHO: Opportunity Village requesting donations from the public
WHEN: Formal wear donations are especially needed before the ball on April 8, but donations are always accepted.
WHERE: Donations can be dropped off at the Opportunity Village Thrift Store
390 S Decatur Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89107
OPP: Interviews with Opportunity Village spokespeople and OVIPs
All working media are invited to cover this event. If you are interested in sending a camera and/or reporter, please call Mallory Hanneke at 702-964-4222.
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OV Nation Hosts Fundraising Event at Gordon Biersch to Benefit Opportunity Village March 11, 2016 10:59
Public invited to give back to OV by attending Maibock Tapping Party
at Gordon Biersch Thursday, April 14 from 5:30-7:30 p.m.
LAS VEGAS, Nev. – On Thursday, April 14 from 5:30-7:30 p.m., the public is invited to attend the Maibock Tapping Party at Gordon Biersch located at 3987 Paradise Road, where 100% of silent auction and beer ticket sales will benefit Opportunity Village, Las Vegas’ Favorite Charity. Opportunity Village serves people within our community with significant intellectual disabilities.
Guests can be the first to taste Gordon Biersch’s Maibock, a seasonal unfiltered auburn lager brewed with pale roasted caramel malts for a warm golden hue, with a moderate level of bitterness to create a perfect balance. Loosely translated in German as “strong May beer”, Maibock is traditionally brewed in May to celebrate the coming of spring and warmer weather. Each guest will receive one complimentary beer along with a sampling of Gordon Biersch’s seasonal menu. Additional beer tickets may be purchased for $5, and can be saved and used for up to one month following the event. Happy hour items will be available until 6:30 p.m. featuring specials priced between $2.95 and $11.95. Open to anyone at least 21 years of age, the event will also include a silent auction with special items from Gordon Biersch as well as show tickets, restaurant gift certificates, retail merchandise and much more.
Formed in September of 2013, OV Nation is an auxiliary organization comprised of rising Las Vegas professionals who are committed to expanding Opportunity Village’s reach to future leaders within the community. OV Nation has planned over a dozen events, fundraisers and awareness campaigns for Opportunity Village and has independently raised thousands of dollars through fundraising efforts. OV Nation is currently engaging and activating new members and supporters – business professionals who would like to be involved and at the same time balance work, life, family and social engagements.
The mission of OV Nation is to identify, develop and engage a new generation of Opportunity Village brand ambassadors, donors, board members, volunteers and supporters. OV Nation has its own Board of Directors who spearhead the committee’s initiatives including special events, fundraising, networking, teambuilding, volunteering and supporting Opportunity Village’s ongoing programs and goals.
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Opportunity Village Clients Learned How to Exercise their Right to Vote to Prepare for the Upcoming Election March 11, 2016 10:58
Click to tweet: (http://ctt.ec/5jBUc) .@OppVillageLV OVIPs learned how to exercise their right to vote to prepare for the upcoming election #votingrights #Vegas
LAS VEGAS – Throughout January and February, OVIPs at Opportunity Village learned how to exercise their right to vote. In partnership with the Nevada Disability Advocacy & Law Center (NDALC) and the Clark County Election Department, voting machines were brought to each of the four Opportunity Village campuses and the Opportunity Village Thrift Store, where OVIPs were educated on the voting system and election process, and had the chance to practice voting.
These educational practice sessions were hosted by the A Team Nevada Chapters, which consists of more than 250 active members who are people with disabilities advocating preserving choices in employment, home and living, and recreation. The organization’s goal is to advocate, improve awareness and offer peer advisement.
Opportunity Village is dedicated to providing individuals with intellectual disabilities the programs and services necessary to assist them in their journey to independence and becoming integrated members of the community.
On January 20, the Nevada Disability Advocacy & Law Center (NDALC) and the Clark County Election Department educated Opportunity Village OVIPs about voting and how to use voting machines at the Opportunity Village Ralph & Betty Engelstad Campus.
On January 20, an Opportunity Village OVIP was shown how to cast her vote in a mock election by a Nevada Disability Advocacy & Law Center (NDALC) representative at the Opportunity Village Ralph & Betty Engelstad Campus.
On January 27, Opportunity Village OVIPs learned how to use voting machines and practiced voting in a mock election held at the Opportunity Village Thrift Store.
Opportunity Village Announces Lisa Clark as an Artist-In-Residence for its NOVA Initiative March 11, 2016 10:53
LAS VEGAS, Nev. – Opportunity Village, Las Vegas’ Favorite Charity, announces Lisa Clark as an Artist-In-Residence for the organization’s New Opportunities for Visionary Arts (NOVA) initiative. Clark joins NOVA as a Mosaic Artist and Art Facilitator.
Based on the Creative Abundance Model, created by Susan Dlouhy and Patty Mitchell, NOVA provides OVIPs flexibility to participate in a variety of activities that create a path to employment and earning wages, based on their individual talents and interests. Studios have been created at all four Opportunity Village campuses revolving around a culture focusing on choice and creative expression. OVIPs and staff have the opportunity to participate in this new initiative.
As an Art Facilitator, Clark will lead OVIPs to experience personal growth and insight by guiding them through the artistic process using projects that have been specifically designed to raise self-esteem, promote individual success, provide relaxation and encourage creativity. Under Clark’s leadership, OVIPs will design projects that foster inclusion, safe participation and provide choices that help the individuals develop a sense of personal identity by creating a lesson plan or project plan, clarifying supplies needed and then facilitating the project through its completion.
Previously, Clark was a Community Training Specialist at Transition Services, Inc. where she worked with groups of adults with intellectual disabilities in work skill training and product development for handcrafted art items to be sold in the organization’s retail store, Studio 8 Ten. She was also a Volunteer Facilitator for various projects in Opportunity Village’s Fine Art Program. In 2009, Clark worked with adult artists and staff from the Opportunity Village Art Enrichment program to facilitate and design a large collaborative mural that was mounted on the wall at the original Opportunity Village Thrift Store location. During 2008, she worked with community artists and artists from the Opportunity Village Art Enrichment Program to create a collaborative art piece for the organization’s Contemporary Arts Center Collaborative Exhibition and Art Auction.
Clark is a published writer and is the author of Good Luck Charms and Protective Amulets: Their Meanings and Origins and Art Facilitation for Special Needs Populations, Cats After Dark Press, LLC, available for viewing on Amazon.com. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Social Services and Business Management from the University of Phoenix, attended the Art Center College of Design at the College of Southern Nevada, and also took Mosaic intensive classes in Italy and Turkey.
Opportunity Village Announces Michael Dodson as an Artist-In-Residence for NOVA Initiative February 10, 2016 10:40
LAS VEGAS, Nev. – Opportunity Village, Las Vegas’ Favorite Charity, announces Michael Dodson as an Artist-In-Residence for the organization’s New Opportunities for Visionary Arts (NOVA) Initiative. Dodson joins the newly launched NOVA concept which assists OVIPs in discovering and exploring their individual creative expression at Opportunity Village’s Oakey Campus.
Based on the Creative Abundance Model, created by Susan Dlouhy and Patty Mitchell, NOVA provides OVIPs flexibility to participate in a variety of activities that create a path to employment and earning wages, based on their individual talents and interests. NOVA studios have been created at all four Opportunity Village campuses revolving around a culture focusing on choice and creative expression. OVIPs and staff have the opportunity to participate in this new program.
“My passion for art and helping others enjoy life led me to my position here at Opportunity Village. I love seeing OVIPs excited about creating art and I hope to assist in further expanding the NOVA culture,” said Dodson.
Dodson is an accomplished local artist who is partnering with Opportunity Village to support, mentor and inspire OVIPs and Opportunity Village staff as they engage in the creative process. He is preparing the art studio, teaching basic drawing and painting, working on large-scale projects and assisting OVIPs in expressing themselves to create unique pieces of art based on their interests. Dodson has previously worked with several art galleries, auction houses, web-based art companies, print studios and has completed art commissions throughout Las Vegas. He is an expert in the practice of taking ideas and building them into physical, expressive pieces of art. Upon completing high school in Las Vegas, Dodson earned a Bachelor of Science degree and Master’s degrees in Contemporary and Modern Art History and History of the Art Market in New York before returning to Las Vegas.
Senior Executive Vice President of Opportunity Village, Linda Smith, Speaks at “Celebration of Life” Event for René Angélil February 10, 2016 10:40
Click to tweet: (http://ctt.ec/Siszc) Linda Smith of @OppVillageLV was honored to speak at the “Celebration of Life” event for René Angélil at the @ColosseumatCP.
LAS VEGAS – On Wednesday, February 3, Linda Smith, Senior Executive Vice President of Opportunity Village, was a featured speaker at Caesars’ and AEG’s “Celebration of Life” event for René Angélil at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace.
“It was truly an honor to be asked to be a featured speaker last night at this beautiful and moving farewell celebration,” Smith said. “Both René and Celine have been loyal champions of Opportunity Village and the wonderful people we serve. They were a major factor in the growth and success of Opportunity Village. René’s spirit will live on in our hearts forever.”
Smith joined Caesars Palace President Gary Selesner, AEG President John Meglen, journalist Robin Leach, Las Vegas Review-Journal columnist Norm Clarke, musician and producer David Foster along with several others in a heartwarming tribute to René Angélil, Celine Dion and their family. René Angélil and Celine Dion have been long-time supporters of Opportunity Village and have had a significant impact on building awareness in the community for the organization and supporting the fight to give individuals with disabilities the best lives possible
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Photo 1: Linda Smith, Senior Executive Vice President of Opportunity Village, spoke at the “Celebration of Life” event on Wednesday, February 3 at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace.
Photo 2: Celine Dion hugs OVIPs after Linda Smith, Senior Executive Vice President of Opportunity Village, spoke at the “Celebration of Life” event on Wednesday, February 3 at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace.
Photo 3: OVIPs stand in respect of René Angélil, Celine Dion and family at the “Celebration of Life” event on Wednesday, February 3 at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace.
Opportunity Village Clients Learn How to Exercise their Right to Vote January 19, 2016 16:21
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Opportunity Village Clients Learn How to Exercise their Right to Vote
WHAT: Throughout January and February, OVIPs at multiple Opportunity Village campuses are going to learn how to exercise their right to vote. In partnership with the Nevada Disability Advocacy & Law Center (NDALC) and the Clark County Election Department, voting machines will be brought to the Opportunity Village campuses where OVIPs will be educated on the voting system, election process and have the chance to practice voting. This self-empowering endeavor is hosted by the A Team Nevada Chapters.
The A Team Nevada consists of more than 250 active members who are people with disabilities advocating to preserve choice. Their goal is to advocate, improve awareness and offer peer advisement.
Opportunity Village is dedicated to providing individuals with intellectual disabilities the programs and services necessary to assist them in their journey of seeking independence and becoming integrated members of the community.
WHO: Opportunity Village OVIPs
WHERE: Wednesday, January 20 at 10:00 a.m.
Opportunity Village’s Ralph & Betty Engelstad Campus
6050 S. Buffalo Dr. Las Vegas, NV 89113
Wednesday, January 27 at 8:30 a.m.
Opportunity Village’s Thrift Store
390 S. Decatur Blvd. Las Vegas, NV 89107
Wednesday, February 3 at 10:00 a.m.
Opportunity Village’s Walters Campus
451 E Lake Mead Pkwy. Henderson, NV 89015
Wednesday, February 24 at 10:00 a.m.
Opportunity Village’s Oakey Campus
6300 West Oakey Blvd. Las Vegas, NV 89146
OPP: Footage of OVIPs practicing to vote and using the machines
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Carlos Santana and Hermes Music Donate Instruments to Opportunity Village’s Fine and Performing Arts Program September 16, 2015 15:00
Carlos Santana and Hermes Music Donate Instruments to Opportunity Village’s Fine and Performing Arts Program
LAS VEGAS – Yesterday legendary musician Carlos Santana visited the Engelstad Campus of Las Vegas’ most notable charity – Opportunity Village. After a heartfelt and touching tour of the facility with Opportunity Village executives Ed Guthrie and Linda Smith, Santana was treated to a moving performance by Opportunity Village’s new performing arts group, The OVertones. The group performed a special medley of some of Santana’s greatest hits, which he was truly honored and humbled to experience. The visit featured a donation of more than 60 musical instruments from Santana and longtime associate Hermes Music, including acoustic guitars, tambourines and cowbells for Opportunity Village’s Fine and Performing Arts Program.
Santana has been a big supporter of the Las Vegas community and it has become his tradition before each of his House of Blues runs to visit charitable organizations that make our city thrive, or recognize local groups or schools that are doing great things for our community. The House of Blues headliner returns to shows at the House of Blues on September 16.
PHOTO CREDIT: ERIK KABIK
Carlos Santana interacts with OVIPs during a visit to Opportunity Village’s Ralph and Betty Engelstad Campus on Tuesday, September 15, 2015, where he and longtime associate Hermes Music donated more than 60 instruments.
Carlos Santana tours Opportunity Village’s Ralph and Betty Engelstad Campus and meets with OVIPs on Tuesday, September 15, 2015, where he and longtime associate Hermes Music donated more than 60 instruments.
Carlos Santana meets Opportunity Village’s band The OVertones after they performed a Santana music medley during his visit to the organization’s Ralph and Betty Engelstad Campus on Tuesday, September 15, 2015, where he and longtime associate Hermes Music donated more than 60 instruments.
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Concert Violinist Candy Carson Tours and Performs at Opportunity Village August 04, 2015 15:25
Presidential Candidate Dr. Ben Carson’s Wife Visits Opportunity Village
LAS VEGAS – On Tuesday, August 4, Candy Carson, a graduate of Yale University and former concert violinist toured the Opportunity Village Engelstad Campus and performed a short program. The Opportunity Village’s Village Blend vocal group performed an opening number before Carson took the stage. At the conclusion of the program, Chief Development Officer Linda Smith and CEO Edward Guthrie of Opportunity Village presented Carson a handmade scarf by Amanda D., an OVIP artist in the organization’s Fine and Performing Arts program.
Carson is the wife of presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson. Dr. Carson toured the campus in May and hosted a fundraiser for Opportunity Village.
Former violinist Candy Carson performs at Opportunity Village’s Ralph and Betty Engelstad Campus on Tuesday, August 4, 2015.
Chief Development Officer Linda Smith and CEO Edward Guthrie of Opportunity Village present Carson a handmade scarf from an OVIP at the Ralph and Betty Engelstad Campus on Tuesday, August 4, 2015.
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Concert Violinist Candy Carson Tours and Performs at Opportunity Village August 03, 2015 15:59
LAS VEGAS – Candy Carson, a graduate of Yale University and former concert violinist will be touring the Opportunity Village Engelstad Campus on Tuesday, August 4. In addition to her tour, she will also perform a short program at 10:00 a.m.
Candy is the wife of presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson. Dr. Carson toured the campus in May and hosted a fundraiser for Opportunity Village.
If you are interested in a tour call 702-259-3741 or email email@example.com.
Grimaldi's Pizzeria Partners with Opportunity Village August 03, 2015 14:57
Grimaldi’s Pizzeria Partners with Opportunity Village for a
Night of Entertainment and Fundraising on August 12
LAS VEGAS – Concluding a month-long philanthropic promotion, Grimaldi’s Pizzeria and local nonprofit Opportunity Village will partner for a night of entertainment and fundraising from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Wednesday, August 12 at the Grimaldi’s Pizzeria Boca Park location.
Patrons who donate $5 to Opportunity Village now through Wednesday, August 12 will receive a $5 off card to Grimaldi’s to be used during a future visit, and a raffle ticket to be entered into a drawing for prizes. Prizes include gift cards to other popular local restaurants and retail outlets. At the event, guests can also enjoy live entertainment with DJ Deniro spinning the hottest hits throughout the night, as well as a balloon artist to entertain families. Known for its award-winning, coal-fired, brick oven pizza and calzones, Grimaldi’s is proud to support Opportunity Village and their mission.
“Opportunity Village is such a great organization to the Las Vegas community,” said Marla Gold, General Manager. “We are honored to be able to support them and hope that people come out to give back to a great cause.”
About Opportunity Village
Mission: Opportunity Village is a not-for-profit organization that serves people within our community with significant intellectual disabilities, to improve their lives and the lives of their families.
Opportunity Village was founded in 1954 by seven families who were determined to give their children with disabilities the best lives possible. Now, more than 60 years later, Opportunity Village is one of the most recognized and respected organizations of its type in the United States.
Nevada’s largest employer of people with disabilities (who we call OVIPs), Opportunity Village serves nearly 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 Grimaldi’s Pizzeria:
In the world of pizza, Grimaldi’s is an institution that has garnered more awards than any other pizzeria in the country with more celebrity sightings than most 5-star restaurants. Using only the freshest ingredients, a “secret recipe” pizza sauce, handmade mozzarella cheese and dough, Grimaldi’s serves traditional pizza (as it began in Naples, Italy) in an upscale yet casual, family oriented pizzeria. The intense heat of the oven evenly bakes the pies to create Grimaldi’s famous crispy and smoky thin crust that Zagat has voted best pizza year after year. Grimaldi’s Pizzeria has five locations in Las Vegas and one in Sparks, Nev. Las Vegas locations include The Shoppes at The Palazzo, Rainbow and 215, Boca Park Fashion Village The Fashion Show Mall and Richmar Plaza. The Sparks restaurant is located in The Legends at Sparks Marina.
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MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET Celebrates 1,000 Shows on Aug. 4 With Special Performance by Opportunity Village’s Village Blend Vocal Group at Harrah’s Las Vegas July 15, 2015 12:36
LAS VEGAS– In celebration of the smash-hit musical MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET’s 1,000th performance on the Las Vegas Strip this August, local non-profit Opportunity Village’s Village Blend vocal group will join the cast onstage for a special encore performance on Tuesday, Aug. 4 at 7 p.m. in the Harrah’s Las Vegas Showroom. Members of Village Blend will take the stage for a one-night-only performance of Carl Perkins’ legendary tune “Blue Suede Shoes” alongside the talented cast during the finale. Tickets are available at the Showroom box office, by visiting MDQVegas.com or by calling (702) 777-2782.
The Village Blend is Opportunity Village’s version of a stage choir, combining both vocals and choreography to perform a dynamic show. This is Opportunity Village’s newest performance group to hit the stage. Featuring talented individuals with intellectual and related disabilities, Village Blend is one of many programs within OV’s Fine and Performing Arts division that allow the OVIPs’ creative skills to soar.
A significant connection between the past and the present, Opportunity Village was the original manufacturer of the scarves of one of MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET’s famed icons, Elvis Presley, which he tossed to his adoring fans during his record-setting run at the International Hotel in the ‘70s. In true MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET fashion, the cast is thrilled to welcome this organization to the stage in celebration of this outstanding milestone.
The Tony® Award-Winning musical, MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET takes place on December 4, 1956, when Sam Phillips, the “Father of Rock ‘n’ Roll,” brought iconic musicians Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins together at the Sun Records storefront studio in Memphis for the first and only time.
MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET brings that legendary December night to life with the extraordinary story of secrets, betrayal, and the once in a lifetime celebration of four friends that is both poignant and funny. Relive the era with the smash-hit sensation featuring an incredible score of rock ‘n’ roll, gospel, R&B and country hits, performed live onstage by world-class actors and musicians. Showcased hit songs include: “Blue Suede Shoes,” “I Walk the Line,” “Great Balls of Fire,”“Sixteen Tons,” “Who Do You Love?,” “Fever,” “Folsom Prison Blues,” “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On,” “Hound Dog,” and more. For more information on MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET, please visit www.MDQVegas.com
MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET performs Monday and Thursday at 5:30 p.m. & 8 p.m., Tuesday, Friday and Sunday at 7 p.m., 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday; dark Saturday. Ticket prices range from $62.70 – 86.90 plus all applicable fees and are available at the Harrah’s Showroom box office, by visiting Ticketmaster.com or by calling (702) 777-2782. For groups of 10 or more, please call (866) 633-0195 or (702) 853-5950.
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Opportunity Village to Present Unforgettable Experience to Chris Strub with Campus Tour and Day of Volunteering June 20, 2015 08:23
Social traveler highlights organizations nationwide with “50 States, 100 Days” campaign
LAS VEGAS – Opportunity Village will host Chris Strub of #TeamStrub as part of his “50 States, 100 Days” awareness campaign on June 17th at the Engelstad and Oakey campus from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. Opportunity Village will conduct an hour-long tour filled with handshakes, hugs and high-fives then train Strub on volunteering. He will help artists in the Opportunity Village Art Studio then assist OVIPs in the Employment Resource Center. After volunteering, he will tour the organization’s Oakey campus, home of the Magical Forest, and meet more people Opportunity Village serves.
Not-for-profit organizations in all 50 states are the focus this summer as part of Strub’s 100-day social media powered journey. Strub, an advocate for people in need from Greenville, S.C., will spend a day volunteering with a different organization in every U.S. state, which began May 15 in Charleston, S.C. and will finish August 21st in Asheville, N.C.
“We are very excited to host Chris Strub during his visit in Las Vegas and can’t wait to introduce him to the inspiring individuals of OV,” says Veronica Atkins, special events manager of Opportunity Village. “We love working with people from around the world to advocate and educate them on the mission of OV as well as issues surrounding individuals with intellectual disabilities.”
Strub is using Snapchat, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Meerkat to help raise awareness of the many organizations making a difference in the lives of people across the country. Strub also aims to raise national awareness for Pay Away the Layaway, a New York-based charity that pays layaway bills for families in need during the holiday season.
For more information, including the full trip itinerary, visit www.teamstrub.com. Keep up to date with Strub’s journey by visiting his Facebook page at www.Facebook.com/TeamStrub as well as his SnapChat, Twitter, Instagram and Meerkat pages at the handle @ChrisStrub.