Opportunity Village successfully concluded its fundraising and awareness campaign for Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month (DDAM) and March to $100K.
LAS VEGAS — As part of this year’s national theme, Opportunity Village successfully “moved towards change” alongside the Southern Nevada community this March for Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month.
Specifically, to the tune of $110,825.
Opportunity Village’s annual March to $100K campaign concluded last Wednesday and — with the help of the community — spread awareness about the inclusion of people with disabilities and raised over $100,000 for the non-profit’s myriad programs and services.
“March is always a special time of the year for Opportunity Village, as it gives our staff, program participants and their families, and the community a chance to join forces in breaking down barriers to inclusion and highlighting what people with disabilities can do,” said Bob Brown, President & CEO of Opportunity Village. “I’m so proud of what this organization accomplished in March and am grateful to all of our heroes out in the community for making a difference and supporting people with diverse abilities.”
Over this 31-day initiative, Opportunity Village highlighted how the organization adapted to the COVID-19 pandemic while keeping its collective mindset on the future and “Moving Towards Change" — the national theme set by the National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities (NACDD). As awareness grew for individuals with developmental disabilities, Opportunity Village asked the community to assist in its fundraising efforts and follow along on social media to hear about very important organizational topics each week – from competitive wages and support from caregivers to new technology and Betty’s Village.
The local Las Vegas franchise group of Burger King restaurants, Glencoe Management, was the presenting sponsor of March to $100K. Matching gifts were made by Codale Electric Supply, PhRMA and The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, and Las Vegas Baby Magazine also held a “Mommy & Me” photoshoot to support Opportunity Village.
All funds raised during March to $100K will go into the programs and services Opportunity Village offers at no cost 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 contributed to this initiative.
One major component of March to $100K was Opportunity Village’s NCAA tournament bracket competition – Picks for OV: Hoops Hoopla (Presented by Nutrishop). Event sponsors also included The FAN, HomeLight, Nevada Health Link, Squeeze In, Thrivent and WagerTalk. During the NCAA tournament, over 100 sports fans and OV supporters, including Ch. 8 anchors Ron Futrell and John Langeler, former Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman, WagerTalk personalities Teddy “Covers” Sevransky and Lawrence “The Prez” Prezman, and Ch. 3 anchor Dana Wagner, filled out brackets. The top five finishers (username in parentheses) walking away with amazing prize packages were:
- 1) Chris C. (JCC Houston)
- 2) Justin C. (Jusc83)
- 3) Neal S. (Neal S)
- 4) David T. (Tick)
- 5) Andy K. (The FAN Founder)
About Opportunity Village
Mission: Opportunity Village is a not-for-profit organization that serves people throughout our community with intellectual disabilities, to enhance their lives and the lives of the families who love them.
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.
People 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