Opportunity Village models rock the runway at annual fundraising event, Fall into Fashion
LAS VEGAS – On Saturday, September 11, 2021, Opportunity Village’s Fall into Fashion made its highly anticipated return with the help of volunteer group, The OV Angels. Eight Opportunity Village models made their way down the runway, each wearing outfits custom-designed by Trade & Fashion Academy Las Vegas.
“Opportunity Village’s Fall into Fashion was an absolutely beautiful event from start to finish, and everyone there had the best time,” said Kevin Smith, Founder and Lead Educator at Trade of Fashion Academy Las Vegas. “There were many tears in the audience accompanied by abundant joy, and I feel eternally blessed to have been a part of this experience. Trade & Fashion Academy Las Vegas decided to join the team and support this event, because it was an amazing opportunity to combine Passion & Purpose. We loved using our talents to help the OV models show off theirs! And wow…they shined like the brilliant gems that they are. Thank You for letting us share in this wonderful moment, and congratulations to OV on a fabulous show!”
Over the course of three months, the models met with their designer to get measurements, learn about each other, and discover their style aesthetic. In addition to the clothing, the models also wore shoes donated by Hey Dude Shoes and jewelry from MJ Christensen Diamonds. The event featured a boutique shopping experience, delicious lunch, dedicated volunteers, and (of course) fashion!
“This year’s fashion show was truly our best ever,” says OV Angel, Melinda Brown. “Our OV models sparked the runway in their individually designed outfits by the Trade & Fashion Academy Las Vegas. The rapport built while working together these past few months gave them that extra boost of confidence and sass! Can’t wait for next year.”
This year’s event broke records with attendance and by raising over $21,000 for the Madi Peck Endowment Fund, which will help provide specialty equipment for Opportunity Village’s day habilitation programs. A huge thank you to everyone who helped make this event a success!
OV Model, Sarah B., looks ravishing in red. Sarah is escorted down the runway by a volunteer
with UNLV ROTCand the designer of her dress, Trade & Fashion Academy Las Vegas Founder, Kevin Smith.
OV Model and Ambassador, Joey C., owns the runway at Fall into Fashion in a classic suit,
with a not-so-classic blue sequin jacket.
Fall into Fashion emcee, Sherry Swensk, shows off a stunning diamond necklace donated by
MJ Christensen Diamonds as it is raffled off to a lucky attendee.
OV Model, Kalei S., looks pretty in pink as she makes her Fall into Fashion debut.
She is joined by a volunteer from the Nevada Burn Association as she makes her way down the runway.
View additional photos from the event and a recap video here: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1Q1iU6DwjrTlP39jL4-7vFVeBtxhBQNx1?usp=sharing
About Opportunity Village
Mission: Opportunity Village is a not-for-profit organization that serves people within the Southern Nevada community with significant intellectual disabilities, to enrich 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 over 3,000 individuals annually, providing vocational training, employment, habilitation and social recreation programs and services that improve their lives.
Folks supported in Opportunity Village’s Prevocational Training Programs and in jobs provided by the organization throughout the community, have collectively earned wages amounting to more than $3.7 million in 2020. They are hardworking and diligent, proudly paying taxes and happily leading fulfilling lives.
Primarily a self-funded organization, Opportunity Village generates the majority of its operational funding through its employment contracts, multiple business lines, fundraising efforts such as the Magical Forest and Great Santa Run, and grants on the federal and state level, saving Nevada taxpayers more than $37 million annually.
Erin Mowry, R&R Partners
Marty Wood, Opportunity Village