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Opportunities Got Talent 11/23

Opportunities Unlimited of Niagara’s “Opportunities Got Talent,” an annual occasion featuring the aptitudes of individuals with intellectual and other developmental disabilities through song, dance, theater and comedy in a competitive format will take place on Sunday, November 23, 2014 at the historic Riviera Theatre in North Tonawanda. The event is open to the public with a $5 admission at the door (ages 10 and under are free). Snacks and refreshments are available to purchase. Sponsors for the event are: ARCEU NYSUT/AFT AFL/CIO Local 4265, The Niagara Orleans AFL-CIO Labor Council and New York State United Teachers (NYSUT).

Nearly 20 acts comprised of individuals with intellectual and other developmental disabilities will compete in front of a crowd of friends, family and other program participants. A panel of judges from the community will select the winners. The evening will be emceed by Cindy Bootz, associate executive director of human resources for Opportunities Unlimited of Niagara and Nick Zawacki, a direct care professional at the agency and a local musician.

This talent show affords people with musical or theatrical talents a public opportunity for expression under the direction of James Matteson and the agency’s Recreation department. Auditions and a dress rehearsal were held in the months prior to the event.

For nearly 60 years, Opportunities Unlimited of Niagara has been providing training, employment, service coordination, exceptional parenting, recreation (youth and adult), residential, geriatric, fine arts, horticulture therapy and other support services to people with intellectual and other developmental disabilities from newborn to seniors, and their families throughout Niagara County.

For more information about the agency, call 504-2617 or visit www.opportunitiesunlimited.org.