Papillon Group gave Santa a ride to town via an EC130 helicopter. He touched down in the College of Southern Nevada parking lot at the entrance of the Magical Forest to greet nearly 300 individuals with intellectual disabilities, OVIPs, served by Opportunity Village who were anxiously awaiting his arrival.
Santa brought Mrs. Claus and Alli the Elf to take photos and hand out treats before heading inside the Magical Forest to begin preparing for the evening’s grand opening. (Click here to purchase tickets for the Magical Forest.)
Celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2015, Papillon (French for “butterfly”) is the world’s largest and longest-running aviation tour company with more than 600,000 passengers served annually on 75 state-of-the-art helicopters and airplanes, specifically designed to reveal panoramic views. Papillon is the only company that flies the entire length of the Grand Canyon, with bases in Las Vegas; Boulder City, Nevada; Grand Canyon West; Grand Canyon National Park and Page, Arizona.
Opportunity Village is a not-for-profit organization that serves people within our community with significant intellectual disabilities, to improve their lives and the lives of their families. Nevada’s largest employer of people with disabilities, Opportunity Village serves nearly 3,000 individuals annually, providing vocational training, employment, habilitation and social recreation programs and services that make their lives more purposeful and fulfilling.