Opportunity Village Celebrated Life and Legacy of Elvis Presley with
Elvis Impersonator Contest and special performances by the OV Elvi
Opportunity Village, Las Vegas’ favorite charity, commemorated the anniversary of Elvis Presley’s death on Friday, August 16 with an Elvis impersonator contest and a special performance by the OV Elvi. The Elvis impersonator contest was hosted by Elvis impersonator Jesse Garon, and featured a panel of judges that included members of the OV Elvi, news anchor Beth Fisher from KTNV Ch. 13 (ABC) and Opportunity Village’s Associate Director Linda Smith. Opportunity Village was the official manufacturer of Elvis’ scarves, and artists in the Fine & Performing Arts program continue to create hand painted scarves today, available for sale in our Engelstad Campus Boutique.
About Opportunity Village
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.
Opportunity Village was founded in 1954 by seven families who were determined to give their disabled children the best lives possible. Nearly 60 years later, Opportunity Village is one of the most recognized and respected Community Rehabilitation Programs in the United States.
Nevada’s largest employer of people with disabilities, Opportunity Village serves more than 3,000 individuals annually, providing vocational training, employment, habilitation and social recreation programs and services that make their lives more productive 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 $7.6 million in 2012. 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 $33.7 million annually.