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Tory L Cooper Events – Details from CAMELOT – The Opportunity Village gala fundraiser

November 18, 2012 | By | No Comments

This is charity at its best.

Tory L Cooper Wedding and Event Planners donated their overabundance of talent to CAMELOT – the big fundraiser for Opportunity Village. With an army of volunteers from throughout the Las Vegas community, one of the Opportunity Village campuses was transformed into a winter wonderland.

Virtually every thing and everybody’s time was donated in the service of raising funds for this most excellent and efficient charity. I will attempt to list the many incredibly generous vendors as I get that information.

More than 80% of Opportunity Village’s funds are privately raised. Over 98% of the money raised at this year’s CAMELOT goes directly to funding Opportunity Village.

Fabulous Pastries from Jean Philippe Patisserie ARIA donated to Opportunity Village Camelot Fundraiser

November 17, 2012 | By | No Comments

Hat tip to the pastry artists at Jean Philippe Patisserie at ARIA, for donating this exquisite, elegant, indescribably delicious feast of sweets for Opportunity Village’s Camelot fundraiser. At the end of an evening of entertainment and generosity, all the guests were met with this kaleidoscopic exhibition of excellence. Having missed the dinner service, I snuck one or two. All I can say is “Vive la France!”

VIPs tour Opportunity Village – Billy Walters, Brad Garrett, David Copperfield, Frankie Moreno

November 14, 2012 | By | No Comments

In advance of their big gala fundraiser tomorrow evening (“Camelot”), Opportunity Village today hosted a VIP tour of some of Las Vegas’ most well known and generous people. I had the privilege and pleasure to document all the fun and excitement.

The clients of Opportunity Village, who learn job skills and do valuable work to earn a paycheck, were truly excited to meet some of the people they’ve known for years from TV and from the Las Vegas stage. Brad Garrett, of “Everybody Loves Raymond” fame, is as generous of spirit and laughter as he is tall. Talk about lighting up a room! So many clients were also ecstatic to meet in person perhaps the most famous and successful magician in the world, David Copperfield, who also gave so deeply of his time and emotion all day long. Frankie Moreno, “Best of Vegas” Best All-Around Performer of 2012 and headline act at  the Stratosphere Casino, Hotel & Tower, wowed everybody with his tremendous musical energy and generous spirit. And Billy and Susan Walters were also gracious enough to co-host the tour. Billy Walters is probably the most successful sports gamer in history, respected throughout the world of sports gambling. He and his lovely wife Susan are also among the most generous givers to Opportunity Village. In fact, tomorrow night’s Gala black tie fundraiser is in their honor.

I was truly honored to give back to this most impressive charity. This is the way charity ought to be done – nearly all private donations (80% of OV’s donations are private), a focus on giving people skills, and giving them the opportunity to earn a paycheck with dignity.

I happened to do my first tour of Opportunity Village on a pay day. I cannot overstate how excited and proud each of Opportunity’s clients (who are also its workers) were to be getting their hard-earned checks. If you love pay day, you’ve got nothing on these folks!

Stay tuned for more VIP photos, and for a whole lot of photos from the gala ball tomorrow night.

What Do People Save From Their Burning Homes?

August 27, 2012 | By | No Comments

Woman holding wedding photo of her grandparents, one of the only things salvaged from the wildfire that burned down her home.

This is so moving.

God forbid anyone reading this ever has to choose what to save from their burning home.

Staff photographer Mike Simons of the Tulsa World interviewed 10 people burned out of their homes and photographed them with the few things they were able to salvage. I encourage you to listen to the audio clips beneath each photo.

Some folks got out with nothing but the burned clothes on their backs. Others were able to grab a few things most important to them, including:

  • “22 Magnum Pistol, clothes, important papers.”
  • “My faith. [Bible] My citizenship. [certificate of US citizenship]”
  • “[a photo of] … my grandma, my grandpa… this is their wedding picture. both have passed away. this is just one of the few things you have left.”
  • “Lever-action 30.  I do a lot of hunting. And for family protection. I got several of them. They’re all loaded.”

Valley of Fire Elopement – Monica + Asa

May 19, 2012 | By | No Comments

This is a super quick sneak peak of Monica & Asa’s gorgeous fun elopement & post-wedding trash the dress session. Full treatment in time. 🙂 Gotta get back to the  backlog! 🙂 Been a very busy spring 🙂 #Grateful

Denise & Gordon at Green Valley Ranch

April 12, 2012 | By | No Comments

How cool that I get to hang out with a bunch of tough, real, sweet, fun, loving, salt-of-the-earth Alaskans, the kind who captain fishing boats in the summer, and who do brainy stuff in the winter. I could not have asked for a more relaxed, happy, in-love family of people than these guys. These beautiful photos simply reflect the beautiful vibe that was in the air around them all night long. What an honor to photograph Denise and Gordon and their truly wonderful families.Is Green Valley Ranch one of the most beautiful, grand, elegant places you’ve seen? BTW, that’s Gordon’s brother, also captain of a fishing boat in Alaska, who is officiating their marriage. Benefit of being a captain, right? Actually he had to get a license in Vegas 🙂 but he could marry you at sea without one! 🙂A coin from Great Britain, one of several significant symbols these guys incorporated into their wedding. Mom, an American citizen, was raised in England, and integrated several cherished traditions into her daughter’s wedding.
Double Sistahs!Three generations of gorgeous!A girl could get used to lounging around 🙂 – probably not something one gets to do much in Alaska.The Walk of Anticipation, sistah style. Notice the horseshoe on Denise’s arm? Another wonderful British tradition & detail.Green Valley Ranch is an oasis in the Vegas desert.

WEDDING PROFESSIONALS

Venue: Green Valley Ranch