Las Vegas Event Photography – Opportunity Village – Camelot black tie fundraiser 2014 honoring Penn Jillette
I am privileged any time the folks at my favorite Las Vegas charity – Opportunity Village – ask me to document their annual fundraising event, Camelot. This last week was my 3rd or 4th time in the 5 years we’ve lived in Vegas. I love shooting Las Vegas event photography anyway, but it is even more enjoyable when I am documenting for a truly uplifiting group, an exceptionally well run charity that has positive impact on the daily lives of hundreds of intellectually and developmentally disabled adults who, in another place and time, might be throw away people. I am grateful for the existence of Opportunity Village, and for the uncountable hours of all the staff and volunteers and donors who make it possible.Penn and Emily are a little verklempt while watching a video showing their works for Opportunity Village.Penn tearing up a little seeing a video of all the awesome stuff he does for Opportunity Village. Penn Jillette belting out a punk version of Lou Reed’s “Sweet Jane” – he shook the house.Billy Walters always looks like he’s having fun. He has contributed and arranged for the donation of millions of dollars to Opportunity Village over the years.
Proof that Teller can talk!Penn & Teller with Teller doing the talking. Amazing!Celebrity Chef Vic walking the Red CarpetWAY MORE PHOTOS BELOW – KEEP SCROLLING The generous donors who have purchased tables at Opportunity Village’s “Camelot” are greeted like heroes by the people served by OV. Las Vegas Fox 5 news woman Monica Jackson. She was MC for the evening.Las Vegas Fox 5 anchor Monica Jackson greets the people we serve at Opportunity Village and receives a hero’s welcome. The Honorees – Penn and Emily Jillette arrive at the red carpet receiving line.
The ubiquitous Joel Jarvis and the effervescent elite event planner Tory L. Cooper, who got married on exactly the same day as me and my wife Chris!
DECOR One of the hudreds of volunteers who make Camelot happen – at nearly 100% efficiency.More of the hundreds of folks who donated their time to Opportunity Village’s Camelot fund raiser. Picture postcard perfect. Opportunity Village’s Magical ForestThe perfect symbol of how Opportunity Village helps the disadvantaged with a hand up. Many of these people in another place or time would be ignored, forgotten, left to wither.THIS IS A GYMNASIUM! Because Opportunity Village is so careful with other people’s money, their black-tie event is squeezed into a square box gymnasium on their property, the kind with linoleum floors and crank-up basketball hoops. Through the dedicated efforts and donations of hundreds of professionals this gym is transformed into an elegant, magical space. Edward Guthrie, Executive Director of Opportunity Village.More dedicated Opportunity Village employees. THE PEOPLE WE ARE SERVING Chief Development Officer Linda Smith.Man about town Joel Jarvis. GENEROUS PEOPLE Nevada Lt. General-elect Mark Hutchison showing his support for Opportunity Village