LAS VEGAS – On Thursday, May 21, 2020, Opportunity Village hosted a drive-thru parade where employees of the organization waved signs and cheered as individuals served by the organization drove by with their families and caregivers. 

The staff members wanted a chance to show the people they used to see every day, in the programs and services at Opportunity Village, just how much they missed them.

Nearly fifty cars made their way through the parade, some making several trips. While most cars were filled with Opportunity Village clients and their families, other special guests included former Governor Brian Sandoval, Opportunity Village Foundation Board Member Lauralyn McCarthy Sandoval of Aristocrat Gaming, Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske – who also serves on the OV Board of Directors, and the Vegas Golden Knights’ mascot, Chance.

Opportunity Village plans to host a drive thru parade at their Oakey Campus next. This event will take place Wednesday, May 27th from 8:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.

Staff members, wearing masks and social distancing, lined the exterior of the Opportunity Village Ralph and Betty Engelstad Campus where they held homemade signs with messages for the clients.
Opportunity Village client Max, who is known for being the voice of Elvis when performing with the OV Elvi, waves and holds up his own sign as he drives thru the parade with his family.
Staff members, wearing masks and social distancing, lined the exterior of the Opportunity Village Ralph and Betty Engelstad Campus where they held homemade signs with messages for the clients.
OV Ambassador, Joey C., takes pictures on his phone of the drive thru parade as he and his sister make their way through the parking lot.
Chance, of the Vegas Golden Knights, made his way to Opportunity Village to help spread some joy to OV staff and clients at the drive thru parade.

View additional photos from the event here: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1ky7sasiOHgIMSag8aEpPWgt1rd6iMllt  

About Opportunity Village
Mission: Opportunity Village is a not-for-profit organization that serves people within our community with significant intellectual disabilities, to improve 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 nearly 2,000 individuals annually, providing vocational training, employment, habilitation and social recreation programs and services that make their lives more purposeful and interesting.

Opportunity Village citizens – individuals who were previously considered unemployable – work at Opportunity Village’s Employment Resource Centers and in jobs throughout the community, collectively earning wages amounting to more than $3.7 million in 2016.  They are hardworking and diligent, proudly paying taxes and happily leading more fulfilling lives.

Primarily a self-funded organization, Opportunity Village generates the majority of its operational funding through its employment contracts and fundraising efforts such as the Magical Forest and Great Santa Run, saving Nevada taxpayers more than $37 million annually.

 

PRESS CONTACTS
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