Opportunity Village honored the Las Vegas Aces and raised critical funds for people with disabilities at their 20th annual Camelot at the Magical Forest on Thursday, November 11th.


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LAS VEGAS – On Thursday, November 11th, Opportunity Village honored the Las Vegas Aces at the organization’s 20th annual Camelot at the Magical Forest and raised critical funds that will directly go towards the critical programs and services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Southern Nevada.

Mark Davis, Owner of the Las Vegas Aces, and Nikki Fargas, President of the Las Vegas Aces, are joined on stage by members of their organization as they are honored at the 2021 Camelot. Photo Credit: Opportunity VillageMark Davis, Owner of the Las Vegas Aces, and Nikki Fargas, President of the Las Vegas Aces, are joined on stage by members of their organization as they are honored at the 2021 Camelot.
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Among the over 300 guests in attendance at the black-tie gala were several prominent members of the Southern Nevada community, including Mark Davis, Billy Walters, and Nikki Fargas.

The fundraiser, emceed by 98.5 KLUC’s Chet Buchanan, included a cocktail reception, dinner, live and silent-auction fundraisers, and entertainment provided by the Pop Strings Orchestra “The Raiders House Band,” Jasmine Trias and Ben Stone of “This is Christmas” – a new show debuting at The Venetian, Trapeze Las Vegas, and “The OV Elvi.”

“We were thrilled to be able to honor the Las Vegas Aces at this year’s Camelot,” said Stacy Ostrau, Opportunity Village’s Vice President of Philanthropy. “To be able to recognize the impact this team has had on the people we serve, and the Las Vegas community as a whole, is an incredible privilege. Thank you to the sponsors, donors and guests who made this night possible.”

“After making our way through a difficult 2021, this year’s event showed us not only that we can survive, but that we have the team and the community support to thrive,” said Bob Brown, Opportunity Village’s President & CEO. “This year’s Camelot was a sold-out event – every seat was filled. That accomplishment in itself proves that Las Vegas is ready to get back out there and show their commitment to charities like OV, and their love for the Las Vegas Aces!”

Mark Davis smiles alongside his new artwork after making the winning bid on a collaboration between experimental artist, Scott Froschauer (far right), and Opportunity Village artists. Photo Credit: Tiffany MitchellMark Davis smiles alongside his new artwork after making the winning bid on a collaboration between experimental artist, Scott Froschauer (far right), and Opportunity Village artists.
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Opportunity Village Ambassador, Lizzy S., is joined on stage with Chuck Neuwohner, Chief Program Officer, to share her story of independence and how it has grown since moving to Betty’s Village. Photo Credit: Betsy PettetOpportunity Village Ambassador, Lizzy S., is joined on stage with Chuck Neuwohner, Chief Program Officer, to share her story of independence and how it has grown since moving to Betty’s Village.
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The Pop Strings Orchestra “The Raiders House Band” performs as Camelot guests enjoy their dinner.  Photo Credit: Betsy PettetThe Pop Strings Orchestra “The Raiders House Band” performs as Camelot guests enjoy their dinner.
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Christian Kolberg, Auctioneer, congratulates winning bidder Nicole Rogers on her Live Auction win.  Photo Credit: Betsy PettetChristian Kolberg, Auctioneer, congratulates winning bidder Nicole Rogers on her Live Auction win.
Photo Credit: Betsy Pettet

Bob Brown, President and CEO of Opportunity Village, welcomes guests to the 20th annual Camelot celebration. Photo Credit: Betsy PettetBob Brown, President and CEO of Opportunity Village, welcomes guests to the 20th annual Camelot celebration.
Photo Credit: Betsy Pettet

The crowd waves brightly colored Las Vegas Aces’ thunder sticks in the air to honor the team and their leadership. Photo Credit: Betsy PettetThe crowd waves brightly colored Las Vegas Aces’ thunder sticks in the air to honor the team and their leadership.
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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.

PRESS CONTACTS 

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Marty Wood, Opportunity Village 
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