For the Love of Art event to benefit Opportunity Village at Flightlinez downtown

 

 

For the Love of Art
Flightlinez and Fremont Street Experience to hold fundraiser for Opportunity Village – with arts, crafts and cookies for sale, proceeds of event to benefit arts program


WHO:

Flightlinez zipline attraction, Fremont Street Experience, Opportunity Village and Emergency Arts.

WHAT:
Flightlinez and the Fremont Street Experience will hold an event to fund arts programs at Las Vegas’ own Opportunity Village where 100% of proceeds from a day of zipline rides will be donated to the charity. For the Love of Art will be a daylong event feature an art fair by citizens of Opportunity Village and local artists with Emergency Arts. All proceeds from zipline rides and a portion of proceeds from the art work sold will benefit the Art Enrichment Program of Opportunity Village. The art program includes Fine Art, Music, Dance, and Theater. The charity’s signature cookies will also be for sale, freshly made by the campus’ Culinary Training Program.
In addition to traditional artwork, scarves made by the Art Enrichment Program will also be on display. There is a great Opportunity Village connection with Elvis Presley that many people don’t know…In the late ’60s Elvis Presley’s manager, Colonel Parker, came to Opportunity Village for a tour and noticed that the citizens in the Employment Resource Center were working on sewing contracts. Colonel Parker then contracted the charity to sew all of Elvis’ scarves that he would kiss and throw out to his audience. Opportunity Village soon became the “official manufacturer of the Elvis Presley Scarves.”Every scarf that Elvis gave away from stage came from Opportunity Village and were shipped to Elvis across the world. Elvis himself even visited the charity. Additionally, Opportunity Village made all of the “Elvis Live at the Hilton” promotional buttons and the ribbons that were on the hound dogs sold at the Elvis performances and in his gift shop at the Las Vegas Hilton. The Art Enrichment Program at Opportunity Village, makes scarves using silk as a medium for artistic expression and their many special artists have created beautiful scarves at Opportunity Village ever since.
Scarves range from $15 to $300 and will also be part of the art display during the event.

Flightlinez and Fremont Street Experience are committed to serving the Las Vegas community by hosting charitable fundraisers throughout the year. In June, Flightlinez and the Fremont Street Experience donated nearly $18,000 to the Boys and Girls Clubs of Las Vegas and have donated more than $100,000 to local charities and community groups since launching the new charitable initiative in February.

TIMES:
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Noon until midnight

*Special photo opportunity – at noon, rides will commence with a special appearance by Elvis impersonator Jesse Garon, and other Elvis impersonators, to kick off the fun-filled day.

COST:
Noon until 6 p.m. Flightlinez Zipline rides are $15
6 p.m. until midnight Flightlinez Zipline rides are $20

WHERE:
Flightlinez
Fremont Street Experience
425 Fremont Street
Downtown Las Vegas, Nev.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:
Flightlinez owns and operates the zipline ride attraction located at the Fremont Street Experience and continuously puts forth fundraising efforts to support charities and worthwhile causes in Las Vegas. For more information on Flightlinez, please visit www.fremontstreetflightline.com.

Opportunity Village was founded in 1954 and is a local not-for-profit organization serving people in our community with intellectual disabilities and their families. Opportunity Village provides vocational assessment, training, employment and social recreation programs and services that enable them to be more productive and socially integrated into the community. Opportunity Village is 80% self-funded and saves Nevada taxpayers $22 million a year through fiscal responsibility and hard work. Opportunity Village serves 1,700 individuals daily and is Nevada’s largest employer of people with disabilities. In 2010, Opportunity Village paid over $4 million in wages to people many consider unemployable.