WESTPORT, Conn. — Each year, as part of its submission process, the AHR Expo Innovation Awards competition donates the contest’s entry fees to a charitable organization within regional proximity to the corresponding year’s show.

For 2017, the AHR Expo announced Opportunity Village in Las Vegas will receive $22,500 in AHR Expo Innovation Awards proceeds, which will be directly applied toward HVACR upgrades and new equipment purchases at four campus locations.

Opportunity Village serves children and adults with intellectual disabilities in the southern Nevada community and aims 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.

“With 2017’s donation, Opportunity Village will receive the chance to increase its capacity to help Nevada’s disabled citizens and upgrade and expand existing facilities that provide them with valuable support services from teaching life skills to providing social recreation to offering vocational and career-oriented training,” said Clay Stevens, president of International Exposition Co., the company that manages the AHR Expo.

Proceeds will specifically be applied to thermostat replacements and other HVACR system retrofits throughout Lied Center, which is located on the Opportunity Village’s West Oakey Campus.

“We are incredibly grateful to the AHR Expo for its support of our organization,” said Cary Harned, senior grants and major gifts officer, Opportunity Village. “Every penny and in-kind donation counts when it comes to ensuring our clients are provided with the best facilities, programs, services, and staff we can give them. We welcome this gift from the AHR Expo to provide amenities that will truly enhance our clients’ lives.”

For additional information on the 2017 AHR Expo, visit www.ahrexpo.com.

Publication date: 11/28/2016

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