WESTPORT, Conn. – Each year as part of its submission process, the AHR Expo Innovation Awards Competition collects entry fees that are then donated in full to a charitable organization within regional proximity to the corresponding year’s show.
For 2017, the AHR Expo announces Opportunity Village as the recipient of $22,500 in AHR Expo Innovation Awards proceeds, to be directly applied toward HVACR upgrades and new equipment purchases at three existing and one new campus location.
Founded in 1954, Opportunity Village serves children and adults with intellectual disabilities in the southern Nevada community – aiming to enhance their lives via vocational training, community employment, day services, advocacy and arts and social recreation. Through its success in helping severely disabled citizens build friendships, career paths, independence and creative passions, Opportunity Village has grown to become Nevada’s largest nonprofit community rehabilitation program.
Proceeds will specifically be applied to thermostat replacements and other HVACR system retrofits throughout Lied Center, located on the Opportunity Village West Oakey Campus. Constructed from 1990 to 1992, this is the oldest of the organization’s three campuses and, as the organization’s primary location, houses numerous programs and services provided to its nearly 3,000 community clients.
In total, the organization owns three locations – the West Oakey, Ralph & Betty Engelstead and Walters Family campuses. Activities at a fourth North Campus location, leased by Opportunity Village, will eventually be moved to a new campus (on which construction is slated to commence in 2017).
Additionally, the funds will be applied toward transforming all campus sites into updated, efficient and dynamic spaces for Opportunity Village clients, staff and visitors.
For additional information on the 2017 AHR Expo, to be held Jan. 1-Feb. 1, visit www.ahrexpo.com.