Spring Into Fashion with the 2nd Annual IT Girls Spring Garden Party

Opportunity Village

Spring Into Fashion with the 2nd Annual IT Girls Spring Garden Party

Join IT Girls for an afternoon of fashion, mingling and food at Equiinet’s Corporate House on Saturday, April 26

Spring into fashion with the 2nd Annual IT Girls Spring Garden Party that will take place on Saturday, April 26 at Equiinet’s corporate House from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The afternoon event will feature a boutique that will showcase the best of local vendors, including: Jewelry by Candy, Sundee Morning Hats, Las Vegas Fruit & Nuts, and many more. Following the Boutique will be a buffet-style luncheon provided by Wild Truffles Catering and a fashion show highlighting Opportunity Village’s Thrift Store fashions modeled by OVIPs. Guests will also have the option to purchase these looks for the models during the show.

Tables and seats are available now for $75 per person and $600 for a table seating ten and can be purchased by emailing blackstonec@opportunityvillage.org or calling 702-880-4068.

“The IT Girls Spring Garden Party is a wonderful event that Opportunity Village hopes to be a part of for many years to come,” said Opportunity Village’s Associate Executive Director, Linda Smith. “We hope everyone can join in the afternoon spring festivities.”

Founded in 2007, the IT Girls is a group of thoughtful and caring women who have come together in Las Vegas to deliver a message to the community that replaces fear with understanding and compassion. The intention is to spread the word that people with severe disabilities are a gift to all. It is the job of the IT Girls and the community to enhance the lives of people with disabilities by recognizing them for the unique and special talents they possess and empowering them through our efforts and understanding.
This event is presented by IT Girls and sponsored by Nevada State Bank and Opportunity Village; as well as: The Las Vegas Review-Journal, FOX 5, Equiinet and Wild Truffles.

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.

Opportunity Village was founded in 1954 by seven families who were determined to give their disabled children the best lives possible. Now, 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 nearly 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 OVIPs – individuals who were previously considered unemployable – work in jobs throughout the community and at Opportunity Village’s Employment Resource Centers, 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 engaged, 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.


Benefit Will Support Battered and Homeless Women, Children and their Pets

The Shade Tree celebrated its Ninth Annual Friends of the Shade Tree “Girls Night Out” on Thursday, May 5, at Marquee Nightclub & Dayclub inside The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.

The swanky soiree raised nearly $200,000 for the non-profit organization that benefits battered and homeless women, children and their pets.

Girls Night Out was emceed by FOX 5 news anchor, Jason Feinberg, and featured live performances by Red Rock Casino’s Zowie Bowie and FANTASY headliner, Lorena Peril, who sang “Halo” in memory of dancer Debbie Flores-Narvaez.

The benefit held a silent and live auction which featured tickets to ABC’s hit show Dancing with the Stars, a private tennis lesson with retired professional tennis player, Steffi Graf, a weekend package to the Marchesa Fashion Show during New York Fashion Week and three hosted dinners by master chef, Julian Serrano, who generously offered two more than originally planned due to its high-demand from the bidders.

About The Shade Tree
The mission of The Shade Tree is to provide safe shelter to homeless and abused women and children in crisis and to offer life-changing services promoting stability, dignity and self-reliance.

Since 1990, The Shade Tree has served homeless and abused women and children, victims of domestic violence, victims of elder abuse, victims of street crimes, female veteran, homeless youth and the physically disabled. Using programs offered by The Shade Tree, women can rebuild their lives. They can find employment, secure permanent housing and become a productive member of the community.

The shelter provides immediate safety from the harshness of the streets, street crime and domestic violence. Each person is provided accommodations that ensure the dignity and respect of everyone utilizing the shade The Shade Tree services.

The Shade Tree is the only 24-hour accessible shelter designed specifically to meet the needs of women, children and their pets in Southern Nevada. With 364 permanent beds and 50 temporary beds, The Shade Tree is the largest shelter of its kind in the state. The Shade Tree provides some 80,000 nights of shelter each year. On average, 33% of our clients are children under the age of 18. Senior citizens represent the fastest growing segment of our population.

The Shade Tree is a 501©3 non-profit organization. This means that most donations are tax deductible. We are a local ‘grass roots’ agency with no national affiliation or support.

All services are provided completely free of charge, regardless of the length of stay. This removes any barrier that might prevent a woman from accessing necessary services for herself and her children.

FOX 5 news anchor, Jason Feinberg, emceeing The Shade Tree’s Girls Night Out.

FANTASY headliner, Lorena Peril, at The Shade Tree’s Girls Night Out.