Magical Forest finally opens doors despite serious setbacks


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Magical Forest finally opens doors despite serious setbacks

By Jennifer Kastner. CREATED Nov 24, 2013

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Opportunity Village, a local non-profit for local residents with intellectual disabilities, finally opened its holiday fundraiser event on Sunday. This all comes after a series of recent setbacks.

The event is called The Magical Forest and it's located at 6300 West Oakey Boulevard. It's a community winter wonderland experience that was supposed to open its doors on Friday, but the rain forced organizers to close the venue.

On Saturday, the rains also forced them to stay closed. Planners said about half of the roughly 3 million holiday lights at the event stopped working after the rainwater got into the wiring. On Sunday, the lighting system had to be thoroughly checked to be sure it was safe for guests.

Only days before the rain situation, organizers were dealing with another major blow. They said a thief ripped off more than 600 tickets to their holiday fundraiser. The stolen tickets were valued at about $7,700.

Opportunity Village said the only reason it discovered the stolen tickets was because someone reported they were being sold over Facebook for half off the regular price. The charity believes a volunteer is to blame.

"That's pretty sad. Stealing from a charity and from the people that need the help the most," said Operations Director Steve Koontz.

No arrests have been made. "You're always going to have those little bumps in the road but we look past that. We just don't let that stop us," said Event Manager Amanda Mitchell.

The Magical Forest will host an official grand opening light ceremony this upcoming Friday.

For ticket sales, dates and times to The Magical Forest, click here.