On Nov. 18, McCarran International Airport executives made a generous donation of holiday decorations to Las Vegas’ Favorite Charity, Opportunity Village. The donation included two 12 foot Christmas trees, seventeen seven foot Christmas trees, two three foot wreaths, one six foot wreath and 35 bags of Christmas décor.
“The Magical Forest continues to grow and expand year after year so this donation truly makes a difference to our organization and the thousands of visitors that attend each year,” said Linda Smith, Senior Executive Vice President at Opportunity Village.
The holiday decorations will be used at Opportunity Village’s Magical Forest, a cherished southern Nevada tradition that began 24 years ago. The Magical Forest is open nightly through Jan. 3 at Opportunity Village’s Main Campus located at 6300 W. Oakey Blvd., Las Vegas, Nevada 89146. Tickets are available for purchase at http://www.MagicalForest.com or at the Magical Forest box office. All proceeds directly benefit the programs and services offered at Opportunity Village.
Opportunity Village was founded in 1954 by seven families who were determined to give their children with disabilities the best lives possible. Now, more than 60 years 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 (who we call OVIPs), 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 $3.9 million in 2014. They are hard-working 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 nearly $35 million annually.