Over 6,500 Participants Attend 15th Annual Las Vegas Great Santa Run







Sea of Santas flood Fremont Street to participate in OV’s largest single-day fundraiser

Santas gather on Fremont Street to take part in the 15th Anniversary Las Vegas Great Santa Run.
Photo Credit:
LaLa Photography



On Saturday, December 7, Opportunity Village hosted the 15TH annual Las Vegas Great Santa Run in Downtown Las Vegas and were able to gather 6,644 Santa participants from across the world, including 6 countries and 43 states.


All proceeds from the Las Vegas Great Santa Run will go towards the programs and services for adults with disabilities at Opportunity Village.


The race, presented by Circle K, kicked off at the Fremont Street Experience and featured numerous special guests, including 5K Grand Marshal A’ja Wilson of the Las Vegas Aces, 1-mile Marshals The Chippendales, Santa Claus, Mayor Carolyn Goodman, former Mayor Oscar Goodman, and the organization’s all-Elvis dance troupe – The OV Elvi.


“For 15 years, we’ve been honored to host the Great Santa Run in wonderful Downtown Las Vegas in support of adults with disabilities,” said Adam K. Joseph, Vice President of Philanthropy at Opportunity Village. “This truly could not be done without the Southern Nevada community. From our vendors to volunteers to long-time partners, we’re absolutely thrilled with the support and outcome.”


Additional pre-race entertainment was provided by Gabriella Versace of SEXXY: The Show, Zumba by Kat and Jjohn, a Fit4Mom workout to the late George Dare’s “Run Santa Run”, DJ Mikey P, DJ Jesse Estrada, and mascots from the Vegas Golden Nights, Las Vegas Aces and Las Vegas Aviators. The starting line stage and after-party entertainment stage were hosted by Mark Shunock of Monday’s Dark and featured an impressive line-up of entertainment including Empire Records, WOW! The Vegas Spectacular, Celestia, Elvis Presley’s Heartbreak Hotel in Concert, and Kung Pow (DJ).


All Las Vegas Great Santa Run participants received a five-piece Santa suit with their registration and a commemorative medal upon completion. Another highlight of the event was Mena Hawkins, an inspirational young woman with cerebral palsy, not only crossing the finish line, but also raising over $7,200 for Opportunity Village in her fundraising efforts.


More information on Mena Hawkins can be found HERE.

Grand Marshal, A’ja Wilson, of the Las Vegas Aces, joined here by mascot Buckets.
Photo Credit:
LaLa Photography

The procession to the starting line led by Grand Marshal A’ja Wilson of the Las Vegas Aces.
Photo Credit: LaLa Photography
Participants from Team Hoyt are the first group across the starting line. Photo Credit: LaLa Photography
Participants from Team Hoyt are the first group across the starting line.
Photo Credit: LaLa Photography

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.







This Sunday, Aug. 11, Michael Jackson ONE by Cirque du Soleil will take over the court with an electrifying halftime performance during the Las Vegas Aces game at Mandalay Bay Events Center. As the Aces take on the Connecticut Sun, 13 members of the Michael Jackson ONE cast will dazzle the audience with a spectacular act showcasing fan-favorite hits “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough” and “Beat It.”


To celebrate the King of Pop’s upcoming birthday, those in attendance will have the opportunity to win tickets to performances of Michael Jackson ONE on Aug. 29.


Michael Jackson ONE performs at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino Thursday – Monday at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit cirquedusoleil.com.


Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group is the world leader in creating, producing and distributing live entertainment. With an established reputation in circus art shows, the Group further leverages its creative and innovative powerhouse to present a variety of compelling entertainment forms through its divisions, such as Cirque du Soleil, Blue Man Group, VStar Entertainment Group, The Works Entertainment, Cirque du Soleil Events + Experiences and 4U2C. Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group productions have performed in more than 65 countries in over 450 cities, with an average of over 15 million tickets sold yearly. Beyond its various experiences and shows, Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group aims to make a positive impact on people, communities and the planet through art and creativity. For more information, visit CirqueduSoleilEntertainmentGroup.com.






This Sunday, May 26, Las Vegas’ premier entertainment group, Cirque du Soleil will celebrate the Las Vegas Aces season opener at Mandalay Bay Events Center with a specially adapted performance by “O” cast members. Before tip-off, Brianna Rossi, singer in Mystére by Cirque du Soleil, will perform the national anthem. During halftime, “O” artists will take over the court as they perform the contortion act for Las Vegas Aces fans and kick off the highly anticipated season.


“O” by Cirque du Soleil performs at Bellagio Wednesday – Sunday at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Mystère by Cirque du Soleil performs at Treasure Island Saturday – Wednesday at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit cirquedusoleil.com.



Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group is a world leader in live entertainment. On top of producing world-renowned circus arts shows, the Canadian organization brings its creative approach to a large variety of entertainment forms such as multimedia productions, immersive experiences, theme parks and special events. It currently has 4,500 employees from nearly 70 countries. Going beyond its various creations, Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group aims to make a positive impact on people, communities and the planet with its most important tools: creativity and art. For more information about Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group, please visit cdsentertainmentgroup.com.


LEXICON – Social Media & Digital Marketing Conference, May 17 & 18

LEXICON Social Media & Digital Marketing Conference, May 17 & 18
Keynote Speakers And Community Partners Announced

LEXICON is a two-day Social Media and Digital Marketing conference featuring top keynote speakers from various areas of marketing to educate, inform and inspire the public on how to properly market their business on a digital scale. The inaugural conference, aimed to provide businesses the tools for successful marketing in the digital marketing industry, will be held May 17 & 18, 2019 in the 13,000 square foot, Sake Rok venue, located in The Park, at T-Mobile Arena.

The overall focus of the conference is to provide information and insight on all facets of digital marketing: social media optimization, website management, website development, SEO management, scheduling tools, influencer marketing and brand management.

Lexicon will present more than 25 influential speakers throughout the 2 day conference, including professionals in business industrial leaders sharing key topics including social media platforms, advertising, media buying, communications, and best practices. Initial speakers include (with more to be announced):

  • • Terrance Bynum – Allegiant Air – The Importance of Social Care
    • Bryan Bass – MGM Resorts International – The Tools For Marketing Vegas Nightlife
    • Jason Soto and Jacob Gallegos – MobileSoft – Mobile Apps, The Secret Sauce
    • Dustin Klein – BrainTrust Marketing – The Digital Customer Journey
    • Jenna Nye – Off The Strip – Expanding Your Business Online Digital Footprint
    • Chelsea Shirley – Reach Local – How to Effectively Manage and Build a Proper PPC Campaign
    • Shahab Zargari – American Marketing Association – Leveraging Video for Social Media
    • Megan Fazio – Neon PR – The Good, The Bad, The Ugly
    • Alex Medick – The New Standard – Winning the Long Game with Social Media Marketing
    • JC Coats – Stripside Management Group (Cannabis Marketing) – Dreams and Marketing
    • Joseph Amato – Small Business Association – How to Navigate the SBS
    • Mark Dunaisky – D3 Risk Management Group – So You Think You’re Too Small To Be Hacked?
    • Mike Tamzil – TAMZ – The Importance of “Authentic” Story Telling
    • Dan Livengood – 2020 Brand Solutions – Why Promotional Products Work
    • Breynan Hammons – RevuKangaroo – The Power of Social Proof
    • Katie Horton – Greenspun Media Group – Creating Successful Publishing Partnerships
    • Paul Ryu – Instagram Food Bogger (@ryusauce) – IMPforce

2019 Lexicon sponsors include: Greenspun Media Group, Gaetano Brand, MG Studios, 2020 Brand Solutions, RevuKangaroo, Sake Rok, Robert Half Technology, Sofa King Creative Group and MobileSoft. Community partners featured are Better Business Bureau, Las Vegas ACES, American Marketing Association, and Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce.

Registration tickets are $199 for a Conference Pass and $349 for a VIP Pass. The two-day conference pass includes entry and access to all exhibitors, speakers, networking opportunities for the entire conference. The two day VIP Conference Pass includes conference access, as well as lunch each days, two drink tickets and access to the LEXICON Vegas VIP Mixer on Friday, May 17, 8-10pm. Tickets are available at: www.lexiconvegas.com.

LEXICON will also provide Las Vegas local companies the opportunity to get their product or service in front of hundreds of business owners throughout the two day conference. Exhibitor and sponsorship opportunities are also available.

About Lexicon Vegas:
For more information on the event, exhibitors and sponsorship packages, visit the website at LexiconVegas.com or contact INFO@LEXICONVEGAS.COM. Follow on Social Media at www.facebook.com/LexiconVegas and Twitter at @LexiconVegas. Tickets are available at: www.lexiconvegas.com.

Brett Raymer of “Tanked” to Give Away Three Signed Las Vegas Aces’ Basketballs to Lucky Fans at Slice of Vegas on August 19 at 6 p.m.




The basketball memorabilia are signed by star players such as A’ja Wilson, Ji-Su Park, Nia Coffey, Dearica Hamby and Lindsay Allen



Lively Italian restaurant, Slice of Vegas, located at The Shoppes at Mandalay Bay, is thrilled to host a drawing to give away three signed Las Vegas Aces’ basketballs to three lucky fans on Sunday, Aug. 19 at 6 p.m., following the final home game of the inaugural season. The event will be hosted by Brett Raymer of Animal Planet’s hit TV show “Tanked.”


“As a Las Vegas Aces’ fan myself, I’m excited to be part of this event at Slice of Vegas,” said Brett Raymer. “I can’t wait to see who the lucky fans are that get to take home these unique memorabilia signed by players from the very first team.”


Each basketball has been signed by the Las Vegas Aces’ star players and includes first overall pick in the 2018 WNBA Draft A’ja Wilson, forward Ji-Su Park, small forward Nia Coffey, forward Dearica Hamby, and guard Lindsay Allen. The Las Vegas Aces are part of the Western Conference for the Women’s National Basketball Association (WMBA). The team made their home in Las Vegas this past year and have been embraced by the city. With a shared home at Mandalay Bay, Slice of Vegas has been home to fans before and after Las Vegas Aces’ games since the season began.


To be entered into the drawing, fans are encouraged to stop by Slice of Vegas anytime between now and August 19 to enter their name into the drawing. No purchase necessary. It is limited to one entry per person and participants must be present the day of the drawing (Aug. 19 at 6 p.m.) at Slice of Vegas to win.


About Slice of Vegas

Lively Italian restaurant, Slice of Vegas, opened in April 2012 at The Shoppes at Mandalay Place. The menu features fresh New York-style pizza with a thin, chewy crust, fresh pastas, unique salads and a variety of sandwiches. The restaurant also offers an extensive vegetarian menu, with vegan options and gluten-free pizzas included.


Slice of Vegas is open daily from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to midnight on Fridays and Saturdays. For those looking for a late-night snack, Slice of Vegas offers a Deli Counter, serving pizza by the slice, sandwiches and more. The Deli Counter is open until 2 a.m. on Friday and Saturdays.


To make a reservation, call (702) 632-6470. For more information, visit www.sliceofvegaspizza.com.


Like Slice of Vegas on Facebook HERE.

Follow Slice of Vegas on Twitter HERE.

Follow Slice of Vegas on Instagram HERE.


About Titan Brands

A developer of restaurants and nightlife concepts for resorts, casinos, malls and tourist destinations. Titan Brands is the exclusive license-holder for the Hussong’s Cantina brand and operates two Hussong’s Cantina locations in Las Vegas – one in Boca Park and one at The Shoppes at Mandalay Place. Titan Brands also owns and operates Slice of Vegas at The Shoppes. The company is dedicated to core values that guide decision-making and promote a genuine family environment. Steadfastly adhering to those principles, Titan Brand’s success is attributed to fostering strong management talent to operate unique brands in great locations.


For more information about Titan Brands, visit TitanBrands.vegas.

MGM Resorts NBA Summer League 2018 Tips Off with Exciting Fan Experiences at MGM Grand and Mandalay Bay


MGM Resorts NBA Summer League 2018 Tips Off with Exciting Fan Experiences at MGM Grand and Mandalay Bay


MGM Resorts NBA Summer League, tipping off this weekend at Thomas & Mack Center and Cox Pavilion, will feature all 30 NBA teams for the first time. During this historic time in basketball, Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino and MGM Grand Hotel & Casino will host a variety of events for fans July 6 – 17, featuring fun-filled activations from iconic brands including Pepsi and Jack Daniel’s, in addition to daily appearances by current and former NBA players.


Mandalay Bay

NBA Fan Village at Rhythm & Riffs Lounge presented by TYLT

  • Rhythm & Riffs will feature daily meet and greet opportunities July 6 – 11:
    • July 6 at 6 p.m. – Nia Coffey, Las Vegas Aces
    • July 7 at 6 p.m. – Horace Grant, NBA Legend
    • July 8 at 6 p.m. – Jaime Nared, Las Vegas Aces
    • July 9 at 7:30 p.m. – Jordan Bell, Golden State Warriors
    • July 10 at 6 p.m. – Jamie Young, Boston Celtics
    • July 11 at 6 p.m. – Larry Hughes, National Basketball Retired Players Association
  • Jack Daniel’s will create a half-court activation inside the lounge for fans to enjoy. There also will be daily Jack Daniel’s specials.
  • NBA Lab will build a popsocket wall including 3,600 popsockets representing each NBA team. On Wednesday, July 11 fans will be able to interact with the popsockets and even bring home the unique popsockets off the wall as souvenirs.
  • Pepsi will host a sampling station with mini cans and full cans of its products for guests.

MGM Grand

MGM Grand Main Lobby

  • The famous MGM Grand lobby lion will join in on the Summer League excitement when he sports an MGM Resorts NBA Summer League Jersey and is surrounded by hanging banners representing each of the 30 teams participating in this year’s event. This will be a great photo opportunity for fans and will also act as the location of the daily meet and greets at MGM Grand.
    • July 12 at 6 p.m. – Lisa Leslie, National Basketball Retired Players Association
    • July 13 at 6 p.m. – NBA Legend
    • July 14 at 6 p.m. – Sam Perkins, National Basketball Retired Players Association
    • July 15 at 6 p.m. – Spencer Haywood, National Basketball Retired Players Association
    • July 16 at 6 p.m. – Las Vegas Aces Player

Tap Sports Bar

  • The wall just outside TAP Sports Bar will be decorated with a replica NBA court as well as a life-sized Larry O’Brien Trophy for interactive photograph opportunities.

The Central

  • IPT Play will feature approximately 30 ICONai Small-Stars for guest interaction at The Central at MGM Grand. MGM Resorts will give away the Small-Stars to fans Monday, June 16 as special souvenirs.
  • Artist Victor Solomon will showcase an art installation at The Central at MGM Grand that includes custom stained-glass basketball hoops, providing fans with a fantastic photo opportunity near the one-of-a-kind art piece.