Down Syndrome Organization of Southern Nevada (DSOSN), the leading nonprofit organization and primary source of education, information, and support for Southern Nevada families affected by Down syndrome, has partnered with the Collaboration Center Foundation, a nonprofit community for achievement and inclusion, focused on providing family and peer engagement, social interaction, recreation, therapy and education to families with children with special needs, to jointly host the 32nd Annual Festival of Trees and Lights starting November 13 at Las Vegas (LV) Ranch, located at 8390 W Windmill Lane.
“Collaboration Center Foundation and Down Syndrome Organization of Southern Nevada are thrilled to welcome community members to our first collaborative fundraising event, the Annual Festival of Trees and Lights,” says Lynda Tache, CEO of Collaboration Center Foundation. “We know that this year has been extremely challenging, especially for those living with special needs, and we love that we’re able to offer a Vegas holiday tradition at our new campus to bring joy to everyone’s hearts. By visiting this magnificent display of splendor and lights, guests are supporting two local charities committed to serving those with disabilities while getting in the holiday spirit.”
Unlike years prior, this year’s holiday tradition has turned into a community collaboration event and will decorate LV Ranch with a collection of brilliantly decorated trees, wreaths, menorahs, and baskets. Benefiting both organizations equally, the holiday decor will be available for bidding through an online auction November 13-19 and will be on display for socially distanced, in-person family viewing nights November 13-15 from 4-8:30 p.m., with a cocktail reception on November 19 from 6-8:30 p.m.
“Our partnership with the Collaboration Center Foundation illustrates the commitment of creating pathways to resources, life skills, support groups and awareness for families of children with Down syndrome or other intellectual and developmental disabilities,” says Jeffrey Grassi, acting Executive Director and Board Chairman of DSOSN. “By jointly hosting this year’s Festival of Trees and Lights, we are giving the Las Vegas community an opportunity to support the beautiful children we have been blessed with.”
Open to the Las Vegas community, the family viewing nights will be available by ticketed-reservation only for one hour time slots and are limited to 35 guests per slot. Adhering to social distancing guidelines and Nevada’s mask mandate, guests will be able to explore the LV Ranch grounds, view and bid on the online auction items on display, and enjoy treats and various photo opportunities.
At the end of the week, a limited amount of event sponsors and members of the community will be able to attend a night of celebration that includes a hosted cocktail reception, special entertainment, and additional opportunities to participate in the online auction as it closes.
Proceeds raised from the Festival of Trees and Lights will remain local and allow both organizations to continue servicing individuals and families with intellectual, developmental and physical disabilities.
To make a family viewing night reservation, purchase a tickets for the celebration night, or to participate in the online auction, please visit fotl.givesmart.com. Individual tickets for family viewing nights are available for $10 or $30 for a family of five, with an extremely limited amount of individual celebration tickets available for $250. Sponsorship opportunities are also available.
For more information about the Festival of Trees and Lights, please visit https://www.dsosn.org/festival-of-trees-and-lights.