Opportunity Village opens 30th Magical Forest season with Tree Lighting Ceremony.
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LAS VEGAS – On Friday, November 26th, Opportunity Village kicked off its milestone 30th Magical Forest season with exciting performances, a firework show, “snow,” and more at their annual Tree Lighting Ceremony!
Hundreds of attendees, including Mayor Goodman, Congresswoman Titus and Chippendales, came out to support Opportunity Village at their annual Magical Forest Tree Lighting Ceremony on Friday, Nov. 26, 2021. (Opportunity Village)
Attendees included Santa Claus, Congresswoman Dina Titus, Mayor Carolyn Goodman, Chippendales and NV Energy Executive Vice President of Business Development and External Relations Tony Sanchez. Festive performances were put on by Lily Arce of Fantasy Show and the Raiders House Band and the Doral Academy Choir.
The Magical Forest, presented by NV Energy, was closed in 2020 due to COVID-19. It is one of Opportunity Village’s largest fundraisers of the year, raising critical funds for over 3,000 people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Southern Nevada.
The 2021 season runs through January 2, 2022. Additional information can be found at MagicalForest.com.
Mayor Carolyn Goodman, Santa Claus, Congresswoman Dina Titus and NV Energy’s Tony Sanchez activate the switch to light up the Magical Forest on Friday, Nov. 26, 2021. (Opportunity Village)
Opportunity Village Vice President of Philanthropy Stacy Ostrau (left) and OV Ambassador Vanessa S. (right) admire the fallen confetti at the Magical Forest Tree Lighting Ceremony on Friday, Nov. 26, 2021. (Opportunity Village)
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