Thousands in attendance for annual fun run
Thousands of Santas flooded Downtown Las Vegas on Saturday, December 2, marking the return of the 19th annual Las Vegas Great Santa Run, with both humans and pets joining in the festivities.
Co-Grand Marshals, Jabbawockeez and Blue Man Group hyped up the crowd ahead of the 5K and one-mile races.
Additional special guests included FOX5’s Jason Feinberg and Alyssa Deitsch, Mayor Carolyn Goodman, The Chippendales, Miss Nevada Taylor Blatchford, SPICE Wannabe, Adam London, Lorena Peril, OV Holiday Troupe, Travis Cloer, Zowie Bowie, Steph Payne, DJ Jesse Estrada and more.
“This year’s Great Santa Run was an amazing event, and it couldn’t have happened without the wonderful individuals and groups in this community,” said Bob Brown, President & CEO of Opportunity Village. “We are very thankful to all of our sponsors, volunteers, performers and registrants for helping us raise awareness and critical dollars for the people we serve at Opportunity Village.”
The Las Vegas Great Santa Run, presented by Circle K, featured entertainment, contests and both 5K and one-mile courses allowing festive Santas to run and walk in support of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities at Opportunity Village.
Festivities kicked off at the Downtown Las Vegas Event Center at 8 a.m. and concluded with an after-party that featured live entertainment and a variety of vendors.
About Opportunity Village
Since 1954, Opportunity Village has been dedicated to helping people with disabilities find the very best version of themselves.
Through workforce development, community employment, day services, inclusive housing, arts and social recreation, they can find new friends, realize future career paths, seek independence and community integration, and unleash creative passions.
Opportunity Village thrives with the funding from our social enterprises, signature events and the generous philanthropy of our donors and community partners.
Together, we are successfully empowering, employing, and serving people with disabilities – positively impacting lives. For more information on Opportunity Village, visit www.opportunityvillage.org.