March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month and that means Opportunity Village is looking to raise funds and awareness during its annual 31-day, March to $100K campaign.
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LAS VEGAS — March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month and that means Opportunity Village is kicking off its annual March to $100K campaign, a 31-day initiative looking to spread awareness about the inclusion of people with developmental disabilities and raise $100,000 in support of the non-profit’s myriad programs and services.
Throughout the entire month, Opportunity Village will highlight how the organization adapted to the COVID-19 pandemic while keeping its collective mindset on the future and “Moving Towards Change" — fittingly, this year's national theme brought on by the National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities (NACDD).
As awareness grows for individuals with developmental disabilities, Opportunity Village is asking the community to assist in its fundraising efforts and follow along on social media all March long to hear about very important organizational topics each week – from competitive wages and support from caregivers to new technology and Betty’s Village.
“Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month is one of my favorite times of the year and, with everything that has gone on the past year, we’re really excited to connect with this community once again and share some of the vital work our staff has done – and continues to do – during this pandemic,” said Bob Brown, President & CEO of Opportunity Village. “We owe a special amount of gratitude to our friends at Burger King for being this year’s presenting sponsor, as well as Codale Electric Supply, PhRMA, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas and Las Vegas Baby Magazine. With their help and yours, we will continue breaking down barriers to inclusion and celebrating the things we all have in common.”
“The local Las Vegas franchise group of Burger King restaurants, Glencoe Management, is excited and proud to extend our support to this year’s March to $100K event,” said Megan Keith, Director of Marketing at Glencoe Management. “This month of March feels so positive, with 2021 underway, spring in the air and the chance to support our incredible neighbors at Opportunity Village. We look forward to a terrific month!”
All funds raised during March to $100K will go into the programs and services Opportunity Village offers free of charge to over 3,000 individuals with disabilities in Southern Nevada. Public donations, matching gifts, online fundraisers and givebacks from local restaurants and experiences in the Las Vegas Valley will contribute to this initiative.
Another component of March to $100K will be Opportunity Village’s NCAA Tournament bracket competition – Picks for OV: Hoops Hoopla. During the NCAA Tournament in March, hundreds of sports fans will make donations to Opportunity Village, fill out brackets, and have the chance to win awesome prizes while competing against local celebrities, athletes and notable Las Vegans. The top five finishers of Hoops Hoopla win prizes such as dining experiences, fitness packages, golf lessons and more. The public can sign up for Hoops Hoopla from now until 7:00 a.m. on Friday, March 19 (Round of 64) at picksforov.com. The NCAA tournament will officially run from March 18-April 5 in Indiana, with the bracket being unveiled on Sunday, March 14.
To see how your business can get involved in March to $100K or to make a donation, please visit Marchto100K.com.
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
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