March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month and Opportunity Village is set to kick off its March to $100K fundraising initiative.
LAS VEGAS – March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month and Opportunity Village is set to kick off its March to $100K campaign, a 31-day initiative that seeks to spread awareness about the inclusion of people with developmental disabilities and raise $100,000 in support of its programs and services.
All money raised during March to $100K will go into the programs and services Opportunity Village offers free of charge to their nearly 2,000 clients in Southern Nevada. Public donations, matching gifts, online fundraisers, private parties, and givebacks from local restaurants and experiences in the Las Vegas Valley will be where the money derives from.
“Our March to $100K gets tremendous support from our long-time and new donors alike,” said Adam K. Joseph, Vice President of Philanthropy at Opportunity Village. “This community truly joins together to lift up the nearly 2,000 people with intellectual and developmental disabilities Opportunity Village serves every year.”
One 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 entrants make donations to Opportunity Village, fill out NCAA Tournament brackets, and get the chance to win awesome prizes while competing against celebrities, athletes, prominent Las Vegans and OV clients. The top five finishers of Hoops Hoopla win prizes such as staycations, show tickets, dining experiences and more. The public can sign up for Hoops Hoopla from now until 9 a.m. on Thursday, March 19. The NCAA tournament will run from March 19-April 6.
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.
Jenna Greene, R&R Partners
702.228.0222 / 702.318.4289
Marty Wood, Opportunity Village
702.880.4041 / 702.234.5322