Miss Kitty in Center with Volunteers for Opportunity Village Fundraiser at the Bitter Root Ranch in Las Vegas
Cowboys and Cowgirls loved ISVodka at the 17th Annual “Miss Kitty’s Jeans to Jewels” Fundraiser for Opportunity Village on Saturday at the Bitter Root Ranch in Las Vegas.
Sweet Melanie & Heather the Feather Greet Guests at the Ranch Party
700 people decked out in jeans, bling, cowboy boots and hats came to enjoy an evening of great music, fine food and refreshing spirits donated for “Las Vegas’ Favorite Charity.” The ‘youngins’ enjoyed pony rides, a petting zoo, bounce houses and cotton candy. The sweet smell of BBQ wafted across the ranch from some of Las Vegas’ best restaurants including BOA Steakhouse, Sushi Roku, Red Iguana Las Vegas, Memphis Championship BBQ and Nothing Bundt Cakes.
The Benefit for Opportunity Village was a Hit with Over 700 Guests at the BBQ
The party took place on a real ranch with horses, cows, pastures, horse stalls, cattle pens and a mix of weeping willows, pine trees and palm trees. This is Vegas after all! Frank and Bonnie Martin were the host and hostess of the evening who kindly donated their backyard for the cookout.
Miss Kitty Rodman, the honored guest has been a supporter of Opportunity Village since 1954! She is known as a lady of action. Miss Kitty’s modesty is overshadowed by her incredible achievements as a successful businesswoman in the construction industry. She continues to be a role model for women in business and an inspiration for those who give their time and energy to community service.
ISVodka Hosted Bar Made a Splash with Guests
As guests arrived for the party they were greeted by 4 fine musicians playing electric violins and cello known as the Phat Strad String Quartet. These lovely ladies played smooth renditions of favorite hits like Baba Oriley, 25 or 6 to 4 and Sunshine of Your Love.
Heather the Feather and Sweet Melanie dressed in gold glitz and red cowgirl outfits directed guests to the ISVodka booth. Everyone had a chance to cool off from the 100 + degree weather with ice cold Lemon IStinis made with ISVodka, fresh squeezed lemon juice, fresh mint, sugar and Sprite. Our cocktails were served by the waitresses of Cadillac Ranch Restaurant.
The "IT" Girls in Pink Shirts Donated $7,500 to Opportunity Village
A wide assortment of items were donated for the Silent Auction including a basket with Ed Hardy hats and sunglasses, tickets to a Britney Spears Concert in Vegas, tickets to see the Blue Man Group at the Venetian with dinner at Wolfgang Puck’s Postrio, a helicopter tour over Las Vegas for 2 by Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters, season tickets for 2 to UNLV’s football at Sam Boyd Stadium and much much more.
The “IT” ladies who are huge fans and supporters of Opportunity Village donated a check for $7,500. And Lindsey Slanker from “A Hand Up” donated a check to Opportunity Village for $25,000. That was just the beginning!
Actor Corbin Bernsen with Auction Winners Who Paid $4,000 to have Dinner with him in LA
Actor Corbin Bernsen (Psych, The Young and the Restless, Donna on Demand, For the Love of Grace) donated a dinner with him and his Mom, actress Jeanne Cooper (Donna on Demand, The Young and the Restless, The Bold Bold and the Beautiful) for 2 anywhere in Los Angeles. The dinner was auctioned off in the Live Auction for $4,000. Immediately afterwards, another couple bid on the same dinner for yet another $4,000! Two dinners for $8,000. Opportunity Village was roping them in.
3 Violinists + 1 Cellist from "Phad Strad" Entertained Everyone with their Electric Tunes
Opportunity Village is a non-profit founded in 1954 to assist families with children who have intellectual disabilities. They offer many programs which include training, rehabilitation, advocacy, social recreation and job placement. Each year, Opportunity Village serves more than 3,000 people. They also operate 3 employment training campuses and 1 thrift store. OV is also known in Las Vegas for organizing some of the best attended and most fun events in town including Miss Kitty’s Jeans to Jewels, a Celebrity Poker Tournament, Opportunitini Rocks, Camelot at the Magical Forest, the Great Santa Run of Las Vegas and more. This year, OV will attempt a World Record with the largest gathering of Santas with over 10,000 people in the Santa Run! Opportunity Village thinks Big!
Writer-Singer Kiki Kalor