In the latest chapter in a decades-long partnership, Boyd Gaming recently announced a five-year, $250,000 commitment to Opportunity Village, one of southern Nevada’s largest nonprofit organizations.
Opportunity Village, which since 1954 has sought to improve the lives of people in southern Nevada with intellectual disabilities and the lives of their families, serves almost 2,000 individuals throughout the community.
In honor of the new commitment, Opportunity Village rechristened their fine and performing arts program to the Boyd Gaming Fine & Performing Arts Program. The program is designed to increase awareness of and support clients in a variety of artistic disciplines, including music, dance, theater and visual arts. Participants showcase their work in art exhibitions and perform on stage at Opportunity Village throughout the year.
“For decades, Opportunity Village has set the nation’s standard of excellence for serving individuals with intellectual disabilities,” said Boyd Gaming President and CEO Keith Smith. “Through their ground-breaking Fine & Performing Arts program, Opportunity Village has helped discover and nurture the incredible artistic talents of hundreds of OV clients. We are honored to be recognized in such a meaningful way, and we look forward to working with our friends at Opportunity Village as we raise the visibility and reach of the Boyd Gaming Fine & Performing Arts Program throughout the southern Nevada community."
Bob Brown, President and CEO of Opportunity Village, praised the Company’s continuing civic support.
“Boyd Gaming continues to show its unwavering support of the southern Nevada community,” said Brown. “We’re grateful to Boyd Gaming for seeing the importance in assisting individuals with disabilities, and we look forward to teaming up with one of the classiest hospitality companies in the world.”
In recognition of the Company’s decades of support, Opportunity Village honored Boyd Gaming at Camelot at the Magical Forest, the organization’s annual black-tie gala on November 8. The event was a complete sellout this year, raising hundreds of thousands of dollars for the organization.
To conclude the evening at Camelot, artists from the Boyd Gaming Fine & Performing Arts Program presented Smith with a one-of-a-kind painting depicting four key properties in Boyd Gaming’s history: California Hotel and Casino, Eldorado Casino, Sam’s Town Hotel and Gambling Hall – Las Vegas and Stardust Resort and Casino.
“We are proud to call Opportunity Village one of our closest friends and one of our most important nonprofit partners,” said Smith to attendees at the gala. “We appreciate you joining us this evening, not to celebrate us, but to support the work of one of the community’s most important nonprofit organizations, Opportunity Village.”