Delta Theta Tau Announces 25th Annual Gala to Celebrate 50 Years of Opportunity Enterprises

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Date: December 12, 2016

Contact: Natalie Krivas
Marketing and Communications
(219) 464-9621, ext. 239
natalie.krivas@oppent.org

 

Delta Theta Tau is excited to present the 25th Annual Gala to benefit 50 years of Opportunity Enterprises on Saturday, March 11, 2017. Ticket sales will soon be available for purchase for Northwest Indiana’s most upbeat and inspirational event of the year, celebrating and supporting individuals with disabilities. The theme for the 2017 Gala is “A Golden Opportunity”.

Since the first Gala, held in 1993, local philanthropic sorority Delta Theta Tau has been a part of presenting OE’s Gala, which has raised more than $1.5 million for children and adults with disabilities.

“Last year, more than 500 of Northwest Indiana and Chicagoland’s greatest leaders attended the 24th Annual Opportunity Enterprises Gala to help raise more than $300,000,” says Delta member and Gala Committee Chair, Ann Barone. “We are determined to raise the bar of excellence even higher at this year’s event in celebration of the Delta’s 25 years of dedication to the clients of OE.”

The black-tie preferred event will be held at the Blue Chip Casino, Hotel and Spa from 6:00 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Tickets are $150 each and the night will include an open bar, gourmet dinner, exciting live and silent auction packages, as well as live music by Chicago’s Rhythm City. Opportunity Enterprises will also be offering a raffle. Pre-sales will be available in early February. Special hotel rates and packages will be available in limited quantities.

Ellen DeMartinis, CEO at Opportunity Enterprises, emphasizes the celebration of an entire community gathering to support all of its members.

“Celebrating 50 years of growth, successes, and community is something our OE family is truly looking forward to,” says Ms. DeMartinis. “Working with our community leaders and the Delta Theta Taus to put on this night of celebration and entertainment is a reflection of our continuous collaboration with an amazing community. Anyone who has been a part of OE in the past 50 years is encouraged to attend this event. They’ll never be the same.”

For tickets or sponsorship information, please contact Development Director Kacie Ensign at 219-464-9621 ext. 244 or via email at kacie.ensign@oppent.org. Tickets will be available for purchase online in early February at www.oegala.com.

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About Opportunity Enterprises:
OE works to maximize self-sufficiency and enrich the quality of life for individuals with disabilities. OE serves nearly 1,000 adults and children with disabilities in Porter County and throughout Northwest Indiana. For more information, visit www.oppent.org.

Opportunity Enterprises Seeks Support for its Angel Tree Program

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Date:         November 28, 2016
Contact:   Natalie Krivas
Marketing and Communications
Opportunity Enterprises Inc.
Phone: (219) 464 – 9621 x239
Email: natalie.krivas@oppent.org

 

Valparaiso, IN—Opportunity Enterprises is looking for community members interested in participating in its annual Angel Tree program by adding Christmas cheer to the lives of OE clients who have little or no family.

Individuals can support the program in one of two ways: individuals may request to purchase gifts for a specific client, or make monetary donations or donations of gift cards that will be used to purchase gifts.

“Our Angel Tree program makes Christmas possible for so many of our clients who wouldn’t otherwise have the opportunity to experience the joy of the season,” says Ellen DeMartinis, CEO.  “This program is a wonderful way for our community to directly affect someone’s life in a very positive, meaningful way.”

It is requested that all donations are turned in to the front desk, unwrapped, at 2801 Evans Avenue by December 9th. Individuals interested in supporting OE’s Angel Tree program may contact Jeremiah Bissonnette at 219-464-9621, ext. 269 or by e-mail at jeremiah.bissonnette@oppent.org.

 

About Opportunity Enterprises:

OE works to maximize self-sufficiency and enrich the quality of life for individuals with disabilities.  OE serves nearly 1,000 adults and children with disabilities in Porter County and throughout Northwest Indiana.  For more information, visit www.oppent.org.

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Opportunity Enterprises to Host Holiday Extravaganza & Vendor Fair on December 3

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Date:              November 22, 2016

Contact:        Natalie Krivas

Marketing and Communications
Opportunity Enterprises Inc.
Phone: (219) 464 – 9621 x 239
Email: natalie.krivas@oppent.org

 

Valparaiso, IN— On December 3rd, Opportunity Enterprises will open its doors to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for the 2016 Holiday Extravaganza. The event is free and open to the public.

 

The Simply Amazing Market is hosting a Holiday Open House, showcasing a wide variety of gourmet treats, from popcorn and fudge, to candies and holiday-themed confections. Guests can take advantage of this special day to browse and place their holiday orders.

 

“The Holiday Extravaganza is our way of welcoming the community into our OE home,” says Ellen DeMartinis, CEO.  “We are so excited to share our passion with the community and spread the holiday cheer.”

 

In addition to the Market Open House, a robust group of local vendors will be selling specialty products, with many cash and carry items available from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

 

Santa will also be available for complimentary digital photos from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. throughout the venue, arts, crafts, games, and face painting will be available.

 

Popcorn & Painting has returned by popular demand. From 3:30 p.m. – 5 p.m., participating artists will paint a holiday-themed picture on canvas, customizable to the artist’s liking. Open to ages 7 and up (or younger with parental assistance). Registration is $25 and available online. First come, first served, space is limited.

 

To register for Popcorn and Painting, for a Vendor Booth, or for more information, please visit the event website at www.oppent.org/holiday2016.

 

For more information about OE’s Simply Amazing Market, please visit http://www.simplyamazingtreats.com/ or call (219) 464-2670.

 

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About Opportunity Enterprises:

OE works to maximize self-sufficiency and enrich the quality of life for individuals with disabilities.  OE serves nearly 1,000 adults and children with disabilities in Porter County and throughout Northwest Indiana.  For more information, visit www.oppent.org.

Opportunity Enterprises Seeking 600 Volunteers for Pack-a-thon

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Date: August 16th, 2016

Contact: Natalie Krivas
Marketing and Communications
(219) 464-9621, ext. 239
natalie.krivas@oppent.org

Opportunity Enterprises Seeks Volunteers for Packathon Event

VALPARAISO, IND. – Opportunity Enterprises is seeking a large group of volunteers for its annual Packathon event. This year’s Packathon is scheduled for Saturday, September 17th at OE’s main facility, located at 2801 Evans Avenue in Valparaiso. The event, which will celebrate its 19th year this year, runs from 8:00 am – 2:00 pm, or until packing is complete.

800 volunteers gather together annually to help OE pack over 45,000 runner bags for the Bank of America Chicago Marathon. This is a great opportunity for scout troops, corporate teams, youth groups, sports teams, school clubs and organizations, or friends and family to serve their community and earn service hours. Volunteers 8 years of age and older are encouraged to come out for high energy fun, a live DJ, and free lunch.

Volunteers are required to pre-register at oppent.org/pack2016, and are asked to arrive at 8:00am on the day of the event and stay until all packing is complete.

To find out more about the event, contact Events Coordinator Dani Landgrebe at 219-464-9621, ext. 333, or via e-mail danielle.landgrebe@oppent.org.

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About Opportunity Enterprises:
OE works to maximize self-sufficiency and enrich the quality of life for individuals with disabilities. OE serves nearly 1,000 children and adults with disabilities throughout Northern Indiana. For more information, visit www.oppent.org.

Members of the Community Team Up to Host a Block Party and OE Client Summer Dance on August 18th

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Date: August 12, 2016

Contact: Natalie Krivas
Marketing and Communications
(219) 464-9621, ext. 239
natalie.krivas@oppent.org

Members of the Community Team Up to Host a Block Party and OE Client Summer Dance on August 18th

VALPARAISO, IN—Valpo Parks and the Valparaiso University Graduate School have teamed up to host a fun-filled event for the community and the clients of Opportunity Enterprises. The Block Party and OE Client Summer Dance will take place at the William E. Urschel Pavilion in Downtown Valparaiso’s Central Park on August 18th, from 4:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

“This event is a great occasion to gather members of the community in such a fun way,” says Ellen DeMartinis, CEO of Opportunity Enterprises. “Our clients will have the added benefit of mingling with the community before heading out to the dance floor with their friends.”

The event will begin with a variety of activities, including face painting, a bean bag toss, complimentary ice cream from Valpo Velvet, and more – open to the entire community – from 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., followed by an OE-client-exclusive Summer Dance, from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Many thanks go out to Valpo Parks and the Valparaiso University Graduate School for sponsoring the venue, to 27 Entertainment for donating their deejay, and to the many volunteers and staff working hard to make this event a success for all.

“Valpo’s Graduate School community welcomes the opportunity to be part of an exciting event that celebrates both the mission and clients of Opportunity Enterprises.” says Michael Ramian, Valparaiso University Graduate School’s Director of Graduate Enrollment Operations.

For more information about this event, contact OE Event Coordinator Dani Landgrebe at (219) 464-9621, ext. 333, or via e-mail at danielle.landgrebe@oppent.org.

 

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About Opportunity Enterprises:
OE works to maximize self-sufficiency and enrich the quality of life for individuals with disabilities. OE serves nearly 1,000 children and adults with disabilities throughout Northern Indiana. For more information, visit www.oppent.org.

NAP Credits Available Through Opportunity Enterprises

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Date: July 26, 2016

Contact: Natalie Krivas
Marketing and Communications
(219) 464-9621, ext. 239
natalie.krivas@oppent.org

Link available: www.in.gov/myihcda/nap.htm

NAP Credits Available Through Opportunity Enterprises

Opportunity Enterprises is pleased to announce that the organization has 2016 Neighborhood Assistance Program (NAP) tax credits available for allocation. For every dollar donated to OE through this program, the donor will receive 50% of their total donation back in the form of tax credits through the state of Indiana.

The credits will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis to those who make donations toward renovation projects at Opportunity Enterprises’ Porter County residential sites. These sites are home to more than 50 men and women with disabilities and donations through NAP will ensure their continued safety, comfort, and well-being.

To learn more about participating in the NAP program through a donation to Opportunity Enterprises, please contact Kacie Ensign, Development Director at Opportunity Enterprises, by phone at (219) 464-9621, ext. 244 or e-mail at kacie.ensign@oppent.org. To find out more about the NAP program, visit www.in.gov/myihcda/nap.htm.

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About Opportunity Enterprises:
OE works to maximize self-sufficiency and enrich the quality of life for individuals with disabilities. OE serves nearly 1,000 children and adults with disabilities throughout Northern Indiana. For more information, visit www.oppent.org.

Members of the Community Team Up to Host a Community Ice Cream Social and OE Client Summer Dance on June 22

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Date: June 20, 2016

Contact: Natalie Krivas
Marketing and Communications
(219) 464-9621, ext. 239
natalie.krivas@oppent.org


Members of the Community Team Up to Host a Community Ice Cream Social and OE Client Summer Dance on June 22

VALPARAISO, IN—Valpo Parks and the Valparaiso University Graduate School have teamed up to host a fun-filled event for the community and clients of Opportunity Enterprises. The Ice Cream Social and OE Client Summer Dance will take place at the William E. Urschel Pavilion in Downtown Valparaiso’s Central Park on June 22nd, from 5:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.

“This event is a great occasion to gather members of the community in such a fun way,” says Ellen DeMartinis, CEO of Opportunity Enterprises. “Our clients will have the added benefit of mingling with the community before heading out to the dance floor with their friends.”

The event will begin with an Ice Cream Social – open to the entire community – from 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., followed by an OE-client-exclusive Summer Dance, from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Many thanks go to Valpo Parks and the Valparaiso University Graduate School for sponsoring the venue and Valpo Velvet’s ice cream, to 27 Entertainment for donating their deejay, and to the many volunteers and staff working hard to make this event a success for all.

“Valparaiso University is proud to be part of such an engaging and welcoming community, “says Michael Ramian, VU’s Director of Graduate Enrollment Operations. “Our graduate school staff and students welcome opportunities to be part of wonderful events like this.”

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For more information about this event, contact OE Event Coordinator Dani Landgrebe at (219) 464-9621, ext. 333, or via e-mail at danielle.landgrebe@oppent.org.

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About Opportunity Enterprises:
OE works to maximize self-sufficiency and enrich the quality of life for individuals with disabilities. OE serves nearly 1,000 children and adults with disabilities throughout Northern Indiana. For more information, visit www.oppent.org.

Extra Mile to Host Fun-Run for OE Runners Season on June 27

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Date: June 20, 2016

Contact: Natalie Krivas
Marketing and Communications
(219) 464-9621, ext. 239
natalie.krivas@oppent.org

Extra Mile Hosts Kick-Off Run for OE Runners Season on June 27

Opportunity Enterprises is excited to announce a kick-off run on June 27, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., hosted by Extra Mile (1300 East Lincolnway, Valparaiso) for registered OE Runners or runners who are interested in learning more about becoming a part of the OE Runners team. This year, the team will be training for fall races with special perks at the United Way of Porter County Valparaiso Half Marathon on October 23 and the Indianapolis Monumental Marathon, Half-Marathon, and 5K on November 5.

The event will include a 5K Fun Run, and a storewide event at Extra Mile, where guests will have the opportunity to meet with key members of the running community:

Extra Mile – United Way of Porter County – Athletico – Dr. Paul Sommer (Podiatrist) – Higdon Trainers – Galloway Trainers – Harvest Circle Workshop superfood snacks and more.

OE staff will be available to answer questions, sign up runners, take note of uniform sizes, and get runners pumped up for the start of the training season.

Interested community members are encouraged to stop by at any time during this event.

Runners who sign up for the 2016 OE team receive group training, online updates, a Fun-Run and Party in the month following the races, team shirts, and more. OE Runners, a team that has been around for nearly 19 years, is excited to participate in the Valparaiso Half Marathon and the Indy Monumental this year.

“If you’ve ever wanted to run, this is the way to do it,” says Bruce Nelson, a Galloway-trained member on the OE Runners team. “Fun runs are great for reuniting with past runners, but also meeting new people, and learning about all of the things that come out of running for OE.”

Runners for OE will also have the benefit of connecting with an OE client. “We are so excited to share our mission in this unique way with our community,” says Kacie Ensign, Development Director at OE. “Our runners have a whole team of people cheering them on throughout the season at the races, and our clients and staff are so excited to make that connection with such a dedicated group of people.”

For more information about becoming an OE Runner, volunteering, or sponsoring, contact Events Coordinator Dani Landgrebe at (219) 464-9621, ext. 333 or via e-mail at danielle.landgrebe@oppent.org.

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About Opportunity Enterprises:
OE works to maximize self-sufficiency and enrich the quality of life for individuals with disabilities. OE serves nearly 1,000 children and adults with disabilities in Porter County and throughout Northern Indiana. For more information, visit www.oppent.org.

 

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