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

 

 

 

 

 

 

OVER 6,500 PARTICPANTS ATTEND THE 15th ANNUAL
LAS VEGAS GREAT SANTA RUN, DEC. 7
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.

 

 

Early Bird Registration Opens for 15th Annual Las Vegas Great Santa Run

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION OPENS FOR 15th ANNUAL LAS VEGAS GREAT SANTA RUN

CHIPPENDALES, FIT4MOM, mascots from the Las Vegas Aviators, Aces and Lights, and more welcome early registration with an early-bird rate of $22 at Fremont Street Experience

 

 

 

 

On Thursday, June 20, Opportunity Village, along with help from a “vacationing” Santa Claus and a host of guests, brought the holiday spirit early with a Registration Launch Party for the 15th annual Las Vegas Great Santa Run. Mascots from local professional sports teams, the CHIPPENDALES, nationwide fitness group FIT4MOM, and the Tony Marques Band all helped to pump up the crowd and encourage early bird sign-ups for the event on December 7.

 

Hosted by Sunny 106.5’s Marco and Joanna, the extravaganza took place on the Main Street Stage at Fremont Street Experience in Downtown Las Vegas. Chosen by online voters, the special 15th anniversary race medal was unveiled, featuring (in true Vegas style) a classic deck of playing cards. Medals were designed by the official medal provider of the Las Vegas Great Santa Run, Running Imp.

 

George Dare’s “Run, Santa Run!” was accompanied with an on-stage workout from FIT4MOM and the CHIPPENDALES. The show would not have been complete without the performance of “Mele Kalikimaka” by the OV Ukes from the Boyd Gaming Fine and Performing Arts Program at Opportunity Village. Mascots from the Las Vegas Lights, Las Vegas Aces and Las Vegas Aviators also greeted guests and danced along to music sung by the Tony Marques Band.

 

The Las Vegas Great Santa Run has already attracted participants from all over the world to support the beloved fundraiser. The run is Opportunity Village’s largest single-day fundraising event and continues to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars to help support Southern Nevadans with intellectual disabilities. Circle K will once again serve as the Presenting Sponsor for the event. And Opportunity Village is excited to welcome LaLa Photography as the official photographer of the Las Vegas Great Santa Run.

 

Early bird pricing of $22 is available online from June 20 – June 30. After that, pricing will increase to $30 per person. Registration includes a five-piece Santa suit, swag bag and medal. Pets are also welcomed to join.

 

 

About Opportunity Village

MissionOpportunity 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 clients – 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 $3.6 million in 2018.  They are hardworking and diligent, proudly paying taxes and happily leading more fulfilling lives.

Opportunity Village Kicks Off Early Bird Registration for Las Vegas Great Santa Run, June 21

 

 

 

 

 

 

OPPORTUNITY VILLAGE KICKS OFF EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION FOR LAS VEGAS GREAT SANTA RUN, JUNE 21

 

51s, Hey Reb!, and Lights Mascots will be joined by Mayor Carolyn Goodman, FIT4MOM and more to launch early-bird sign-ups for 14th annual Las Vegas Great Santa Run

 

It might be the first day of summer, but Las Vegas has Santa on the brain. Las Vegas Great Santa Run – the most wonderful fun run of the year – will kick off early registration during its highly anticipated official launch event on Thursday, June 21.  Hosted by beloved Las Vegas nonprofit Opportunity Village in Downtown Las Vegas, the Las Vegas Great Santa Run Registration Launch will celebrate with a parade, special guests and more.

 

Beginning at 10:30 a.m., the parade will stretch from Las Vegas Boulevard to the Main Street Stage on Fremont Street Experience. Zappos llamas decked in reindeer ears will lead the procession, followed by summertime Santa himself and Las Vegas’ well-known sporting mascots from the Las Vegas 51s, UNLV and Las Vegas Lights FC.  Shortly after the parade, FIT4MOM – the nation’s leading prenatal and postnatal fitness program for mothers – will take over the Main Street Stage to engage attendees and passersby in an energetic exercise program. Also taking the stage with be Legends in Concert’s young Michael Jackson (Nathaniel Cullors) to help get you in the holiday spirit.

 

Joined by The Chippendales, Mayor Carolyn Goodman will make a special appearance to present the World Santa Alliance trophy to Opportunity Village. The award celebrates Las Vegas Great Santa Run as the world’s largest Santa fun run in 2017, beating its biggest rival in Liverpool.

 

This year, Circle K has continued the tradition of serving as the presenting sponsor of Opportunity Village’s Great Santa Run. Additionally, as the Official Host Hotel for this year’s event, packet pickup will take place at Plaza Hotel & Casino. The Plaza also will offer free parking to all registrants on race day this December.

 

”The Plaza is committed to supporting events and causes that make positive contributions to downtown and the greater Las Vegas community,” said Jonathan Jossel, CEO of Plaza Hotel & Casino. “The Great Santa Run is a longstanding, successful event that brings thousands of people to downtown while supporting the great work Opportunity Village does in the Las Vegas Valley. We are proud to be an event sponsor and look forward to welcoming all of the Santas to downtown and the Plaza.”

 

All prospective runners are invited to join the celebration to receive a limited-time $20 registration. The Las Vegas Great Santa Run is one of Opportunity Village’s largest annual fundraisers and helps the not-for-profit enhance the lives of more than 2,000 Southern Nevadans with intellectual and related disabilities. Last December, Grand Marshal Holly Madison and Honorary Chairman Wayne Newton attended to cheer on Santa-clad participants. For more information, visit www.LVSantaRun.com.

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. Seven families who were determined to give their children with disabilities the best lives possible founded Opportunity Village in 1954. Now, more than 60 years later, Opportunity Village is one of the most recognized and respected organizations of its type in the United States. As Nevada’s largest employer of people with disabilities, Opportunity Village serves more than 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 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 more than $37 million annually.

 

Fremont Street Experience December Entertainment Listing

 

FREMONT STREET EXPERIENCE DECEMBER ENTERTAINMENT LISTING

Live Entertainment

 

Fremont Street Experience, the five-block entertainment district located in historic downtown Las Vegas, transcends Las Vegas’ music scene with powerhouse lineups and free live entertainment on three stages underneath the Viva Vision canopy. Guests can enjoy live entertainment nightly and on weekend afternoons, and all performances are open to the public.

 

Main Street Stage lineup includes performances by the following acts:

  • 80’s Station
  • Country Dancing DJ
  • Crush
  • Dancing DJ
  • Garage Boys
  • Hart Attack
  • Jef Leppard
  • Monroy
  • Spandex Nation

 

1st Street Stage lineup includes performances by the following acts:

  • Alter Ego
  • BST
  • Crush
  • Tyler James as Elvis
  • Vanessa Legrand
  • Voo Doo Cowboys

 

3rd Street Stage lineup includes performances by the following acts:

  • 80’s Station
  • Alter Ego
  • BST
  • Country Dancing DJ
  • Crush
  • Dancing DJ
  • EDM DJ
  • Garage Boys
  • Hart Attack
  • Tony Marques
  • Voo Doo Cowboys
  • Wonderboogie
  • Zowie Bowie

 

For more information and a full calendar of nightly entertainment, visit www.vegasexperience.com.

 

Events

 

Opportunity Village’s ‘Las Vegas Great Santa Run’ at Fremont Street Experience Saturday, Dec. 2

Join more than 9,000 sprinting Santas on Saturday, Dec. 2 at Fremont Street Experience in downtown Las Vegas during the annual 5K fun run and one-mile walk benefitting Opportunity Village. The morning will kick off at 7:30 a.m. in front of 3rd Street Stage with free live entertainment, guest appearances by Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman and more. The 5K run begins at 10 a.m. with the Kris Kringle Jingle Walk at 10:30 a.m. Paid registration includes a five-piece Santa suit, a commemorative medal and a goodie bag with items from a variety of event sponsors.

 

Fremont Street Experience Celebrates the Holiday Season with Annual Christmas Tree Lighting in Downtown Las Vegas Tuesday, Dec. 5

On Tuesday, Dec. 5, Fremont Street Experience will kick off the holiday season during its annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony in downtown Las Vegas, hosted by Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman. The majestic, 50-foot tree will be wrapped in garland, decked with magnificent ornaments and shine brightly below the 12.5 million energy-efficient LED lights of the Viva Vision canopy. Santa Claus will be available for photos beginning at 4:45 p.m., and the tree will remain on display at Fremont Street Experience throughout the holiday season.

 

Downtown Hoedown at Fremont Street Experience Wednesday, Dec. 6

Kicking off the “12 Days of Country,” Fremont Street Experience will celebrate the return of Wrangler National Finals Rodeo (NFR) Wednesday, Dec. 6 with free live entertainment during the 31st Annual Downtown Hoedown. Beginning at 4:30 p.m., rodeo fans are invited to saddle up for the official kick-off party featuring full-length performances by some of country music’s most coveted acts including Kip Moore, Neal McCoy, Michael Ray, Carly Pearce, Drake White and The Big Fire and Chancey Williams and the Younger Brothers Band.

 

The 31st Annual Downtown Hoedown lineup includes:

 

  • 4:30 p.m. – Chancey Williams and the Younger Brothers Band on Main Street Stage
  • 5:40 p.m. – Drake White and The Big Fire on 1st Street Stage
  • 6:35 p.m. – Carly Pearce on 3rd Street Stage
  • 7:30 p.m. – Michael Ray on Main Street Stage
  • 8:40 p.m. – Neal McCoy on 1st Street Stage
  • 9:50 p.m. – Kip Moore on 3rd Street Stage

 

Grand Menorah Lighting at Fremont Street Experience Tuesday, Dec. 12

Fremont Street Experience celebrates the first night of Hanukkah with the lighting of the Grand Menorah in downtown Las Vegas on Tuesday, Dec. 12 beginning at 4 p.m. The ceremony, featuring a 20-foot Grand Menorah, will be led by a local Rabbi to welcome the holiday known as the Festival of Lights and remain on display throughout the Hanukkah season.

 

Las Vegas Bowl Dinner at Fremont Street Experience Wednesday, Dec. 13

Las Vegas Bowl Week officially kicks off at Fremont Street Experience during the Outback Steakhouse Welcome Reception on Wednesday, Dec 13 beginning at 5 p.m. Hosted by Las Vegas radio personality Chet Buchanan, competing teams will enjoy an all-you-can-eat dinner and showcase their talents off the field and on the stage under the 12.5 million energy-efficient LED lights of the Viva Vision canopy.

 

Las Vegas Bowl Pep Rally at Fremont Street Experience Friday, Dec. 15

On Friday, Dec. 15 beginning at 6 p.m., guests are invited to cheer on both teams during the annual Las Vegas Bowl Pep Rally at Fremont Street Experience. Featuring school marching bands, cheerleaders, mascots and more, the Las Vegas Bowl Pep Rally delivers the excitement that defines college football all over the country.

 

Ring in 2018 at Fremont Street Experiences during ‘America’s Party Downtown’ Sunday, Dec. 31

Fremont Street Experience invites partygoers to forget all inhibitions and ring in 2018 during downtown Vegas’ official New Year’s Eve party, America’s Party Downtown, hosted by Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman. On Sunday, Dec. 31 beginning at 6 p.m., guests can celebrate the new year in style with non-stop live entertainment from 12 bands on four stages, including a dedicated EDM stage, watch the iconic ball drop in Times Square and enjoy the worldwide premiere of The Killers’ new music video montage featuring famous hits such as “Mr. Brightside,” “When We Were Young” and “The Man” all on the world’s largest single video screen, Viva Vision. Throughout the evening, guests will also be treated to stunning onstage pyrotechnics, dazzling visuals, alluring dancers and aerialists, theatrical, roaming entertainment and an unforgettable Viva Vision year-in-review montage, making America’s Party Downtown the ultimate spot to ring in the new year.

 

For more information and to purchase tickets online, visit www.vegasexperience.com.

 

Viva Vision Light Show

 

The centerpiece of Fremont Street Experience in Downtown Las Vegas, the Viva Vision Light Show is the world’s largest single video screen, spanning five city blocks with dazzling, high-resolution imagery and a state-of-the-art, 550,000-watt, concert-quality sound system. Featuring 12.5 million energy-efficient LED lights suspended 90 feet above the pedestrian mall, visitors can enjoy the six-minute, complimentary light and sound shows seven days a week by artists such as Green Day, Imagine Dragons, The Who, Tiësto, Above & Beyond and more.

 

The full calendar of Viva Vision Light Shows includes:

 

  • 6 p.m. – Above and Beyond
  • 7 p.m. – The Who – Miles Over Vegas
  • 8 p.m. – Heart – Crazy on Vegas
  • 9 p.m. – Green Day – Revolution Vegas
  • 10 p.m. – Imagine Dragons – Home in Vegas
  • 11 p.m. – Linkin Park Live
  • Midnight – Tiësto – A Town Called Paradise
  • 1 a.m. – Above & Beyond

 

For more information and a full calendar of nightly entertainment, visit www.vegasexperience.com.

 

SlotZilla

 

The world’s most successful zipline attraction, SlotZilla features an 850-foot Zipline and 1,750-foot Zoomline, which launches riders from a 12-story slot-machine-themed platform to fly under the iconic Viva Vision canopy. Owned and operated by Fremont Street Experience, the urban zipline attraction in downtown Las Vegas has flown more than one million people since its debut on April 27, 2014, and celebrated its millionth flyer on Sept. 28, 2016. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.vegasexperience.com or call 844-947-8342.

 

“Fear the Walking Dead Survival”

 

Inspired by AMC’s hit TV series, “Fear the Walking Dead,” Fremont Street Experience recently introduced its newest spine-tingling attraction in Downtown Las Vegas, “Fear the Walking Dead Survival.” Every element of the highly-anticipated, zombie-themed walk-through attraction transports guests into a zombie apocalyptic world through a thrilling combination of motion rides, mazes, interactive videogames and non-stop fun. A collaboration between Fremont Street Experience, AMC and Triotech, a Canadian company known for producing technologically advanced, interactive award-winning attractions, “Fear the Walking Dead Survival” is a multi-sensory experience featuring elaborate sets, high-tech motion simulator technology and all-encompassing audio and video. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.vegasexperience.com or call 844-947-8342.

 

 

About Fremont Street Experience

Fremont Street Experience, a five-block entertainment district located in historic downtown Las Vegas, is home to the original Las Vegas Strip and features an open-air promenade of world-class gaming, dining, entertainment and shopping. Fremont Street Experience offers free live entertainment on three stages and features Viva Vision, the world’s largest single video screen – 1,500 feet long, 90 feet wide and suspended 90 feet above the urban pedestrian mall. Viva Vision features nightly spectacular light and sounds shows with 12.5 million LED lights and a 550,000-watt sound system. The one-of-a-kind venue is also home to SlotZilla, the world’s most successful zipline attraction featuring an 850-foot Zipline and 1,750-foot Zoomline, which launches riders from a 12-story slot-machine-themed platform to fly under the iconic Viva Vision canopy. The destination also houses the newest zombie-themed attraction in Downtown Las Vegas, “Fear the Walking Dead Survival,” a multi-sensory walk-through experience, inspired by AMC’s hit tv series “Fear the Walking Dead™.” With direct pedestrian access to eight of Fremont Street’s world-renowned casino hotels, more than 60 restaurants and specialty retail kiosks, Fremont Street Experience attracts more than 23 million annual visitors. For more information about Fremont Street Experience, please visit www.vegasexperience.com.

 

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Holly Madison to Serve as Grand Marshal for 2017 Las Vegas Great Santa Run

 

HOLLY MADISON TO SERVE AS GRAND MARSHAL FOR
OPPORTUNITY VILLAGE’S
2017 LAS VEGAS GREAT SANTA RUN

 

Mayor Carolyn Goodman, Chippendales, Human Nature and more to celebrate the 13th annual charity fun run

 

New York Times Best-Selling author and TV personality Holly Madison will join a sea of Santas to proudly serve as the official Grand Marshal of the 13th annual Las Vegas Great Santa Run. Returning to Downtown Las Vegas on Saturday, December 2, Las Vegas’ favorite fundraiser will also welcome Mayor Carolyn Goodman and The Strip’s famed Chippendales as the one-mile Kris Kringle Jingle Grand Marshals. Guests will enjoy special performances by the cast of Human Nature, Jennifer Romas’ Sexxy featuring Gabriella Versace, Santa and Mrs. Claus and, of course, the beloved OV Elvi – the world’s only all-Elvis dance troupe; with more entertainment to be added.

“It is an honor to return to the Las Vegas Great Santa Run to serve as the Grand Marshal for this year’s celebration,” said Holly Madison. “I always enjoy working with Opportunity Village and I look forward to seeing the community come together to celebrate this wonderful cause.”

Known as one of Las Vegas’ most jolly fun runs, the internationally-recognized Las Vegas Great Santa Run raises funds and awareness for Opportunity Village’s programs and services, which provide unparalleled opportunities, enrichment and support to more than 2,000 Southern Nevada residents with disabilities and their families. The holiday event will return this year to compete against rival Liverpool and others for the international title of most Santas gathered for a fun run through the “World Santa Alliance.”

Registration is now open for the 2017 Las Vegas Great Santa Run at LVSantaRun.com and is $45 for general participation; free for children three and under; and $10 for canine companions. The package includes a five-piece Santa suit, a runner goody bag and a commemorative medal from event sponsors. Group discounts are available by contacting delosierj@opportunityvillage.org.

 

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. Seven families who were determined to give their children with disabilities the best lives possible founded Opportunity Village in 1954. Now, more than 60 years later, Opportunity Village is one of the most recognized and respected organizations of its type in the United States. As Nevada’s largest employer of people with disabilities, Opportunity Village serves more than 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 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 more than $37 million annually.

Opportunity Village’s ‘Great Santa Run’ Laces Up with Early Bird Registration

 

 

OPPORTUNITY VILLAGE’S ‘LAS VEGAS GREAT SANTA RUN’ LACES UP FOR 2017 SEASON

WITH EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION SPECIAL

Early registrants receive limited-time discount for Opportunity Village’s annual fun run

 

Santas are coming back to town as Las Vegas’ favorite charity, Opportunity Village, has opened up its early bird registration for the 13th annual Las Vegas Great Santa Run. This event has become the largest gathering of Santa-clad runners in the world and will head back to Downtown Las Vegas on Saturday, December 2.

The early bird discount for this year’s fun run presents a limited-time offer for any Saint Nicks who register for the 5K or 1-mile Kris Kringle Jingle Walk now through September 4. The discounted price is $25, and free for children three and under. Paid registration includes a five-piece Santa suit, a commemorative medal and a goodie bag with items from a variety of event sponsors. Participants are also encouraged to bring their furry friends, who can join in on the fun for $10 and will receive a doggie bag full of canine treats. Registration is available on the Great Santa Run website.

The Great Santa Run raises funds and awareness for Opportunity Village’s ongoing programs and services. This allows unparalleled opportunities to enhance and support more than 2,000 Southern Nevada residents with intellectual disabilities and the families who love them.

The holiday event will return this year to compete against rival Liverpool and others for the international title as the No. 1 Santa run through the “World Santa Alliance.”

 

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. Seven families who were determined to give their children with disabilities the best lives possible founded Opportunity Village in 1954. Now, more than 60 years later, Opportunity Village is one of the most recognized and respected organizations of its type in the United States. As Nevada’s largest employer of people with disabilities, Opportunity Village serves more than 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 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 more than $37 million annually.

 

Fremont Street Experience Fall/Winter Events

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Fremont Street Experience Fall/Winter Events

September – December 2016

All Fremont Street Experience events are free and open to the public, unless specified otherwise. Visit www.vegasexperience.com or call 702-678-5600 for more information. Along with the scheduled events, Fremont Street Experience guests can enjoy weekend afternoon and nightly entertainment and flights on SlotZilla™, the world’s most unique zipline.

bikefest

September/October
BikeFest RockFest – Sept. 29 – Oct. 2
Ever year, Las Vegas hosts BikeFest, one of the biggest motorcycle events of the year. Fremont Street Experience welcomes the crowd with a festive street party, BikeFest RockFest. jam-packed with rock n’ roll entertainment, complimented with Viva Vision® shows dedicated to some of the world’s most iconic bands.

Fremont FrightFest – Oct. 5-31
Fremont Street Experience transforms itself for the ultimate Halloween street party, Fremont FrightFest, featuring a Rock of Horror Picture Show theme. The spooktacular festivities include Halloween-themed entertainment and Viva Vision® shows, a costume contest, pub crawl and more. In addition, Fremont Street Experience member property Golden Nugget Las Vegas hosts the Fall Beer Festival bringing together consumers, craft beer vendors, live music, great food and hundreds of beers.

National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) FanFest – Oct. 27
Fremont Street Experience hosts the NHRA FanFest to celebrate the NHRA Nationals, taking place in Las Vegas annually. The stars of the NHRA head to downtown Las Vegas to interact with fans and sign autographs at Fremont Street Experience. Other event highlights include: a NHRA themed light show on the Viva Vision®, ticket giveaways and music to highlight the popular NHRA Fanfest.

November
American Heart Association Heart Walk – Nov. 5
Fremont Street Experience sponsors the annual American Heart Association Heart Walk, bringing the community together in downtown Las Vegas. The event attracts thousands of walkers from all over the Las Vegas area and encourages them to step out, have fun, get inspired and support a meaningful cause. Complimentary blood pressure screenings, BMI checks, an ask the expert table, and nutritional information are offered for participants; as well as a “Survivors Pavilion” for Heart & Stroke survivors to hang out, socialize, and learn about support groups and community outreach. Registration is required.

Las Vegas Rock & Roll Marathon – Nov. 12-13
With the mission “to be the most entertaining marathon & half marathon in the world!,” the Las Vegas Rock & Roll Marathon has become one of the city’s most entertaining races. Patrons have the opportunity to run against the backdrops of the famed Las Vegas Strip and underneath the Viva Vision® canopy at Fremont Street Experience in Downtown Las Vegas. The rockin’ race consists of a marathon and half-marathon to benefit the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America. Registration is required.

Downtown Hoedown – Nov. 30
Fremont Street Experience wrangles in the top country music talents for all cowboys, cowgirls and country music fans alike to celebrate the return of the annual National Finals Rodeo to Las Vegas with free concerts under the neon lights. The Downtown Hoedown features a star-studded line up of some of yesterday and today’s top country artists on all three stages. This event kicks off 12 Days of Country featuring free nightly entertainment from a rowdy line-up of top local artists/acts and exclusive custom holiday-inspired country show taking place during National Finals Rodeo.

December
Las Vegas Great Santa Run – Dec. 3
The annual Las Vegas Great Santa Run at Fremont Street Experience brings more than 10,000 “Santas” to downtown Las Vegas, gathering around the starting line to complete this race benefitting local the nonprofit organization, Opportunity Village. The Las Vegas Great Santa Run is a ‘must’ for visitors and locals alike, as well as a community involvement activity for local businesses and a holiday tradition for families. This event features live entertainment and is fun for the whole family. Registration is required.

Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony – Dec. 6
Fremont Street Experience’s annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony brightens up the holiday season in Downtown Las Vegas as Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn G. Goodman and Santa Claus light Downtown Las Vegas’ official Christmas Tree. The 50-foot tree is decked with festive decorations shining brightly below the 12.5 million lights of the Viva Vision® canopy. The Christmas Tree is displayed at Fremont Street Experience throughout the Christmas holiday.

Downtown Throwdown Barbeque Championships – Dec. 9-10
In conjunction with the Nevada Barbecue Association, each year during National Finals Rodeo, Fremont Street Experience brings the Downtown Throwdown Barbecue Championships to downtown Las Vegas for a fierce competition as cooks fire up the grills. The event features a Chili Cook-Off and Barbecue Cook-Off, in which the public is invited to enjoy delicious samples of chili, ribs, chicken, brisket and pork from some of the best cowboy cooks around. The two-day event is topped off by an awards ceremony in which patrons and judges will decide who is the cream of the crop.

Las Vegas Bowl Official Pep Rally – Dec. 16
Fremont Street Experience is the official host for the Las Vegas Bowl Pep Rally, which brings collegiate teams, cheerleaders, mascots, bands and fans to downtown Las Vegas to get in the spirit of bowl season.  The public is invited to head down to Fremont Street Experience for interactive contests, a battle of the college bands and performances from the cheerleaders before the big game.

Grand Menorah Lighting Ceremony – Dec. 24
The famous neon lights of the Viva Vision® canopy will be complemented with a touch of holiday spirit as Fremont Street Experience kicks-off the holiday season with the annual Grand Menorah Lighting Ceremony. Each year Rabbi Shea Harlig and Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn G. Goodman participate in a ceremony, including festive themed entertainment, to light the Grand Menorah.

Downtown Countdown – Dec. 31
Rock in the New Year with the ultimate New Year’s Eve street party during the Downtown Countdown celebration at Fremont Street Experience – downtown Las Vegas’ official New Year’s Eve party.  Just before midnight, revelers say goodbye to the previous year with a year-in-review retrospective on the Viva Vision® canopy, a midnight countdown led by Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn G. Goodman and an epic Fireworks by Grucci produced show synchronized with virtual fireworks on Viva Vision® as part of the citywide celebration. Attendees are invited to celebrate the New Year under the canopy with room and drink specials all within walking distance underneath the lights of the Viva Vision® canopy. Event is limited to patrons 21+ and ID will be required upon arrival. In addition, New Year’s Eve marks the only night of the year Fremont Street Experience has paid, ticketed admission.

*Dates subject to change.

About Fremont Street Experience
Fremont Street Experience, a five-block entertainment district located in historic downtown Las Vegas features Viva Vision, North America’s largest video screen – 1,500 feet long, 90 feet wide and suspended 90 feet above the urban pedestrian mall. Viva Vision features nightly spectacular light and sounds shows with 12.5 million LED lights and a 550,000-watt sound system.  Fremont Street Experience is a one-of-a-kind venue that includes free nightly concerts and entertainment on three stages. SlotZilla, the world’s most unique zipline attraction, features the 850-foot Zipline and the 1,750-foot Zoomline as people launch from a 12-story slot-machine themed takeoff platform to fly under the Viva Vision canopy. With direct pedestrian access to 8 casinos, more than 60 restaurants and specialty retail kiosks, Fremont Street Experience attracts more than 17 million annual visitors. Fremont Street Experience can be found online at http://www.vegasexperience.com.

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Internationally Recognized Creators of “Las Vegas Great Santa Run” to Host First Santa Run Summit, October 16 and 17

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Internationally Recognized Creators of “Las Vegas Great Santa Run” to Host First Santa Run Summit, October 16 and 17

Las Vegas’ Opportunity Village Invites Fellow Race Directors and Fundraisers to Sin City for Educational and Networking Conference

 

As one of the leaders in the popular world of philanthropic fun runs, Opportunity Village, a beloved Las Vegas nonprofit and creators of the Las Vegas Great Santa Run, will hold its first Santa Run Summit October 16 through October 17. The conference will feature exciting sessions and workshops for race directors, fundraisers and event managers from around the globe who are currently hosting or would like to coordinate a Santa-themed race event or other fundraiser.

 

Joining Opportunity Village will be members of the World Santa Alliance, a community of Santa fun run directors and organizers from around the world. Taking place at its Oakey Campus in Las Vegas, Opportunity Village, members from the World Santa Alliance and other professionals in the fun run industry will host a variety of educational and networking sessions for attendees, including Fundraising Best Practices; Event Marketing, Promotion & Social Media; and Santa Run 101 & Beyond.

 

Opportunity Village will commemorate a decade of the Las Vegas Great Santa Run on Saturday, December 6 in Downtown Las Vegas. The Great Santa Run has raised millions of dollars in the past 10 years to support programs for Southern Nevada residents with disabilities. Gathering more than 11,000 Kris Kringles in 2013, the Great Santa Run is the three-year reigning champion of the “World Santa Challenge,” a contest for the largest Santa Run in the world.

 

“We are thrilled to work with individuals who are just as passionate as we are about fundraising for their respective causes,” said Linda Smith, Chief Development Officer and Associate Executive Director of Opportunity Village. “The Great Santa Run is near and dear to our hearts, so we can’t wait to share the bevy of knowledge we’ve procured from putting on this race for some many years.”

 

During the Santa Run Summit, Opportunity Village will host a media preview for this year’s Great Santa Run, including sneak peeks of this year’s festivities and other thrilling announcements. In addition, Santa Run Summit attendees will go behind the scenes at Opportunity Village’s Magical Forest, a stunning Christmas-themed attraction that serves as one of organization’s major fundraisers.

 

Costs for participating in the Santa Run Summit are as follows: individual conference registration is $250; and vendor tables are $100. To register, visit Opportunity Village’s website.

 

About Opportunity Village

Opportunity Village is a not-for-profit organization that serves people in our community with significant intellectual disabilities, enriching their lives and the lives of the families who love them by providing meaningful work and life experiences. Voted by Las Vegas Review-Journal readers for “Best Community Organization,” Opportunity Village is Nevada’s largest employer of people with disabilities. Serving nearly 3,000 individuals annually, Opportunity Village provides its clients with vocational training, employment, habilitation and social recreation programs and services to make their lives more productive and interesting.

 

This year, Opportunity Village will also celebrate its 60th anniversary. To commemorate this milestone, the organization will aim to raise $136 million, which will be used to fulfill several key initiatives, including the development of its first residential village at the Engelstad campus, followed by a new campus and residential village in the Northwest Valley.

 

Opportunity Village’s ‘Las Vegas Great Santa Run’ CELEBRATES 10th Anniversary On December 6

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OPPORTUNITY VILLAGE’S ‘LAS VEGAS GREAT SANTA RUN’ CELEBRATES 10th ANNIVERSARY ON DECEMBER 6
 

 

Santa Claus is coming to Downtown Las Vegas for the 10th anniversary of Opportunity Village’s largest annual fundraiser, the Las Vegas Great Santa Run®, on Saturday, December 6, 2014. This marks not only a notable year of the iconic event, but also the 60th anniversary of Opportunity Village, the beloved Las Vegas non-profit.

 

Thousands of Saint Nicholas lookalikes will race, run, and walk to raise funds for Opportunity Village. Santa Clauses will have the choice of participating in a 5K and one-mile Kris Kringle Jingle walk that passes numerous Downtown Las Vegas landmarks and historic sites. As in years’ past, the Great Santa Run will engage participants with costume contests, live entertainment, food, celebrity appearances, and much more, as local businesses will join in on the celebration in support of Opportunity Village.

 

The Great Santa Run raises funds and awareness for Opportunity Village’s programs, which provide unparalleled opportunities, enrichment and support to nearly 3,000 citizens with disabilities and their families throughout the Las Vegas Valley. This fundraising event has been the reigning champion of the “World Santa Challenge” for three consecutive years and hopes to uphold that tradition in 2014.

 

Registration is now open for the 2014 Great Santa Run and is priced at $45 for individuals; $40 per person on a team of five or more; and $30 for children under 17-years-old. Registration includes a five piece Santa suit and a runner goody bag from event sponsors. Participants are also encouraged to bring their canine companions, who can join in on the fun for $10 and receive a doggie bag full of treats and toys. Registration is available on the Great Santa Run website.

 

 
 
About Opportunity Village
Opportunity Village is a not-for-profit organization that serves people in our community with significant intellectual disabilities, enriching their lives and the lives of the families who love them by providing meaningful work and life experiences. Recently voted by Las Vegas Review-Journal readers for “Best Community Organization,” for the second year in a row, Opportunity Village is Nevada’s largest employer of people with disabilities. Serving nearly 3,000 individuals annually, Opportunity Village provides its “OVIPs” with vocational training, employment, habilitation and social recreation programs and services to make their lives more productive and interesting.

 

Name:           Opportunity Village’s Las Vegas Great Santa Run
Date:           Saturday, December 6, 2014
Time:           8 a.m.: Registration and entertainment begin
                10 a.m.: 5K run starts, with one-mile walk following
Location:       Downtown Las Vegas
Website:         LasVegasSantaRun.org
Twitter:                @GreatSantaRunLV, @OppVillageLV
Facebook:       Facebook.com/OpportunityVillage

 

Photos: 11,221 Santas Join Shania Twain for Las Vegas Great Santa Run

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EVENT RECAP: MORE THAN 11,000 KRIS KRINGLE LOOKALIKES JOIN SHANIA TWAIN AT LAS VEGAS GREAT SANTA RUN

 

On Saturday, December 7, Opportunity Village made history as 11,221 participants dressed like Kris Kringle for the ninth annual Las Vegas Great Santa Run in Downtown Las Vegas. Led by Grand Marshal Shania Twain, the iconic event beat its personal record and defeated Liverpool rivals for the “World Santa Challenge” championship.

“We were blown away by the outpouring of support from the Las Vegas community,” said Linda Smith, Associate Executive Director of Opportunity Village. “This was truly one of our best events yet, and we look forward to keeping the momentum going into the run’s 10th year.”

Shania Twain, who currently headlines SHANIA: STILL THE ONE at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace looked glamorous in a white Santa hat and chic black and white cape.

“I want to give all of you a big thank you for supporting this beautiful cause,” she told the excited crowd as she beamed from Fremont Street Experience’s Third Street Stage.

After the national anthem, sung by JERSEY BOYS star Jeff Leibow, Twain guided the racers to the starting line on East Fremont Street where she was escorted by none other than Santa Claus in a shiny, red Jeep “sleigh” provided by Sahara Chrysler Dodge Jeep. Twain led the traditional “on your mark, get set, go!” countdown to start the race and the thousands of runners took off for the 5k, followed shortly by a one-mile Kris Kringle Jingle walk.

In honor of the event’s return to Downtown Las Vegas, Mayor Carolyn Goodman declared the morning’s festivities as the city’s official “Las Vegas Great Santa Run Day.” Representatives from Liverpool’s Santa Dash were on-hand to award the “World Santa Challenge” trophy to Opportunity Village, which has now held the coveted title for nine years. Shania Twain’s Great Santa Run team won the prize for the most funds raised and The Venetian/Palazzo took the title of the largest race team.

Throughout the day, racers were treated to acts from Las Vegas’ hottest performers: Jabbawockeez taught the Santas a special dance as part of their #CokeRedMoves campaign and had everyone grooving with the official Coca-Cola polar bear; Zumba girls, Kat & J-John, warmed up the audience with exciting aerobics; Chris Phillips of Zowie Bowie had the crowd singing along to holiday classics; Opportunity Village’s “OV Elvi” drummed and danced to some of Elvis’ greatest hits; and George Dare belted out event’s official theme song, “Run, Santa, Run!”

Hungry racers stopped by popular food truck Lobster ME for a post-race bite, and event sponsors Krispy Kreme, Circle K Convenience Stores, Jamba Juice and Core Power provided runners with free food samples throughout the morning. The fun continued after the race as Hennessey’s Las Vegas hosted the official Great Santa Run after party.

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Photo Credits:
Denise Truscello & Wire Image – Shania Twain & Santa; Mayor Carolyn Goodman & The Chippendales; Shania & the crowd of Santas; Shania Twain, Mayor Carolyn Goodman and Opportunity Village representatives
Opportunity Village – Jabbawockeez; Santas on Fremont Street

About The 2013 Las Vegas Great Santa Run

The Las Vegas Great Santa Run® serves as the largest annual fundraiser benefitting Opportunity Village, with thousands of participants flooding the streets for a 5K run and one mile walk each year. The 2013 Great Santa Run took place on Saturday, December 7 in Downtown Las Vegas.

 

About Opportunity Village

Opportunity Village is a not-for-profit organization that serves people in our community with significant intellectual disabilities, enriching their lives and the lives of the families who love them by providing meaningful work and life experiences. Recently voted by Las Vegas Review-Journal readers for “Best Community Organization,” for the second year in a row, Opportunity Village is Nevada’s largest employer of people with disabilities. Serving nearly 3,000 individuals annually, Opportunity Village provides its “OVIPs” with vocational training, employment, habilitation and social recreation programs and services to make their lives more productive and interesting.

Shania Twain to Serve as Grand Marshal for Las Vegas Great Santa Run

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SHANIA TWAIN TO SERVE AS GRAND MARSHAL AT OPPORTUNITY VILLAGE’S LAS VEGAS GREAT SANTA RUN

 

 Country superstar Shania Twain will proudly serve as the Grand Marshal of Opportunity Village’s Las Vegas Great Santa Run on Saturday, December 7, 2013. Marking the 5k’s ninth year, Twain will join thousands of Kris Kringles in Downtown Las Vegas for the nonprofit’s largest annual fundraiser.

“It is an honor to partner with Opportunity Village on this incredible event,” said Twain, who currently headlines SHANIA: STILL THE ONE at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace. “I love getting involved with the Las Vegas community and am excited to give back to such an amazing organization this holiday season.”

As part of her Grand Marshal duties, Shania will welcome more than 10,000 Santa lookalikes and kick off the race alongside Opportunity Village’s “OVIP” clients. To encourage registration, Twain will head a Great Santa Run team for her fans to join, raising money for the wonderful, unique services provided by Opportunity Village. The following fundraising goals will lead to exclusive prizes, including:

  • $50 – Official Team Shania T-Shirt
  • $250 – Access to Team Shania VIP Tent with complimentary breakfast; Team Shania T-Shirt
  • $500 – A pair of tickets to SHANIA:STILL THE ONE; access to Team Shania VIP Tent with complimentary breakfast; Team Shania T-Shirt
  • $1,000 – A pair of VIP tickets to SHANIA:STILL THE ONE with VIP Meet and Greet after the show; access to Team Shania VIP Tent with complimentary breakfast; Team Shania T-Shirt

Sign up to be a part of Team Shania at the Great Santa Run here.

“We are thrilled to have Ms. Twain involved in Las Vegas’ jolliest 5k,” said Linda Smith, Opportunity Village’s Chief Development Officer. “Her participation is a testament as to how far this run has come over the years, and we couldn’t be more excited to flood the streets of Downtown Las Vegas with Santas!”

2013 will see the event’s return to Downtown Las Vegas, the original birthplace of the Great Santa Run. The race course will begin under the glowing overhead screens of Fremont Street Experience and continue throughout downtown, passing a number of landmarks and some of Las Vegas’ most captivating architecture. Participants can choose to run in the 5k or the one-mile Kris Kringle Jingle walk.

Additionally, this year the Great Santa Run will fight to keep its reigning title of World Santa Challenge Champion. This friendly competition takes place between festive fun runs in cities across the globe, including Liverpool, Tasmania and Osaka, to see which race can accrue the most participants. During its nine year existence, the Las Vegas Great Santa Run has won the coveted award eight times.

As in years past, the Great Santa Run will entertain with live performances, food, costume contests, celebrity appearances, and more, as local businesses join in on the fun in support of Opportunity Village.

Pre-registration is open for the 2013 Great Santa Run at LasVegasSantaRun.org and costs $40 for individuals, $35 for team members (team pricing applies to groups of five or more) and $25 for children 12 and under; day-of registration is $50 for adults and $35 for children. The participation fee includes a five-piece Santa suit and gifts, with proceeds going to Opportunity Village.

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About Opportunity Village

Opportunity Village is a not-for-profit organization that serves people in our community with significant intellectual disabilities, enriching their lives and the lives of the families who love them by providing meaningful work and life experiences. Recently voted by Las Vegas Review-Journal readers for “Best Community Organization,” for the second year in a row, Opportunity Village is Nevada’s largest employer of people with disabilities. Serving nearly 3,000 individuals annually, Opportunity Village provides its “OVIPs” with vocational training, employment, habilitation and social recreation programs and services to make their lives more productive and interesting.

 

Las Vegas Great Santa Run’s Thousands of Red-Suited Supporters Defend World Title Dec. 1










THOUSANDS OF RED-SUITED SUPPORTERS TO DEFEND WORLD
TITLE AT LAS VEGAS GREAT SANTA RUN DEC. 1

More than 10,000 runners to flood the streets of Town Square, Las Vegas in support of Opportunity Village’s largest annual fundraiser this Saturday morning

WHAT: Las Vegas will be the center of Santa’s attention this Saturday, as thousands of supporters don their red and white suits to defend the “World Santa Challenge” title at the eighth annual Las Vegas Great Santa Run® – the largest fundraiser for beloved local charity, Opportunity Village – at Town Square, Las Vegas this Saturday, December 1.

A special program will rev up the Santa masses starting at 9 a.m., featuring some of the city’s best entertainers. This includes Jabbawockeez, Lorena Peril and the girls of FANTASY, Chippendales, and of course, George Dare will serenade the crowd with the event’s official song, “Run Santa Run!” plus many more.

Guided by local personalities including Mayor Carolyn Goodman, world-famous ventriloquist Terry Fator, celebrity journalist Robin Leach and Opportunity Village representatives, the pre-event program also will feature Jeff Leibow of JERSEY BOYS singing the national anthem, signifying the kick-off of the 5K run and one-mile Kris Kringle Jingle walk, beginning at 10 a.m.

At the finish line, Santas will enjoy entertainment by Legwarmer’s an 80’s Musical from Planet Hollywood and good eats from Vegas’ favorite food trucks. Popular mobile eateries including Lola D’s, Fat Daddy’s Ice Cream & Treats, Great BAO and several others will donate 15% of the day’s sales to the Las Vegas Great Santa Run and Opportunity Village.

Following the races, an awards ceremony will honor the largest team, the team that’s raised the most funds, winners of the 5K, the best dressed Santa and best dressed dog.

WHEN:             Saturday, December 1

8 a.m.: Registration opens
9 a.m.: Pre-run program begins
10 a.m.: 5K and one-mile races start
11 a.m.: Trophy ceremony

                                              

WHERE:
Town Square, Las Vegas*

6605 Las Vegas Blvd South
Las Vegas, NV 89119

*Entertainment and ceremonies will take place in the parking lot adjacent to Stoney’s

About The 2012 Las Vegas Great Santa Run
The Las Vegas Great Santa Run® serves as the largest annual fundraiser benefitting Opportunity Village, with thousands of participants flooding the streets for a 5K run and one mile walk each year. The 2012 Great Santa Run will take place on Saturday, December 1 at Town Square Las Vegas. Registration is $40 for adults, $35 for team captains, $25 for children ages 2-12 and $10 for dogs. Day of registration is $50 for adults and $35 for children. Registration fee includes a five-piece Santa Suit and great gifts; all proceeds benefit Opportunity Village. For more information and to register your team, visit www.LasVegasSantaRun.org.

About Opportunity Village
Opportunity Village is a not-for-profit organization that serves people in our community with significant intellectual disabilities, enriching their lives and the lives of the families who love them by providing meaningful work and life experiences. Opportunity Village is Nevada’s largest employer of people with disabilities and serves nearly 2000 individuals annually, providing vocational training, employment, habilitation and social recreation programs and services that make their lives more productive and interesting.