Opportunity Village announced back in July that The Las Vegas Great Santa Run would be going virtual for the first time in its 16-year history. The event, which typically welcomes nearly 10,000 participants, is one of the not-for-profit’s signature fundraising events and cancelling just wasn’t an option for the organization.
The switch to virtual was a difficult, but necessary one. Opportunity Village knows that much of the event’s appeal stems from the exciting Fremont Street environment, the live entertainment, and seeing thousands upon thousands of Santa-clad runners gather in one place. Would the community show up for them?
The answer was a resounding yes. Presenting sponsor Circle K was on board as were countless others. And not only that, nearly a thousand individuals registered – which for a virtual event is a clear success. Not so different from the in-person structure, participants each received a Santa suit, special edition finisher’s medal, race bib, and goody bag.
Adam K. Joseph, VP of Philanthropy for Opportunity Village stated, “The switch to virtual was necessary given the current situation and we were definitely nervous, but the Southern Nevada community showed up for Opportunity Village – as they always do! This fundraising event is crucial to us and we are just so grateful to have so many people invested in this organization and the work that we do.”
To make things more interesting (and a whole lot of fun) The Las Vegas Great Santa Run introduced a variety of friendly competitions for participants to win some swoon-worthy prizes. These included a Fundraising Competition, Pet Costume Contest, Scavenger Hunt, and a Cupcake Giveaway. Winners walked away with staycations, dining gift certificates, tickets to sporting events, gift baskets, and more!