Las Vegas, NV – Author, public speaker, fundraising consultant and disability advocate Linda Smith will be honored with a lifetime achievement award at the Collaboration Center Foundation’s inaugural Night en Blanc fundraising event, benefiting the Collaboration Center Foundation Disability Network and the launch of the organization’s campus expansion. The white light gala is taking place at the Collaboration Center Las Vegas Ranch on Thursday, September 23 at 6 p.m.
“I’m thrilled to be honored by the Collaboration Center Foundation, and look forward to a successful evening that will help the organization advance their endeavors to improve the lives of those with disabilities and their families,” said Linda Smith.
Smith, shining a light for all families of children with disabilities, is one of North America’s most respected voices in disability advocacy and fundraising. In 2019, Smith founded The Christopher Smith Foundation, an organization she and her family created to support the caregiving community. Established in her son’s name, The Christopher Smith Foundation (CSF) is dedicated to supporting those within the professional caregiving field who care for vulnerable citizens living with profound disabilities.
Over her many years fighting for the rights of people with developmental disabilities, Smith has raised more than a half a billion dollars for Opportunity Village and hundreds of thousands for non-profits throughout Nevada and across North America. Inspired by the struggle for acceptance she endured for her son Christopher, who was born with Down syndrome and related disabilities, and families like hers, Smith began her mission 40 years ago and along the way has created cutting-edge programs for people with disabilities. In her storied career at Opportunity Village, she raised funds to build four state-of-the-art campuses designed specifically for people with disabilities, and created signature events such as the Magical Forest, Camelot and World Santa Run.
Since leaving Opportunity Village in 2016 after a 40-year tenure as their Foundation Leader, Smith has authored two memoirs including the highly acclaimed “Unwanted” (2019), and “Confessions of a Sin City Fundraiser,” which will launch this Fall in time for the 2021 holiday season. Smith’s first book chronicles her journey from being homeless in Canada, to becoming an actress and dancer, and then mother of a special needs child. Her second book depicts stories of her early days of fundraising and the lessons she learned along the journey. Smith is currently a sought-after speaker and trainer, and as a nonprofit consultant, she is currently helping a wide range of organizations to think big and pursue their dreams.
About Linda Smith
A lifelong fundraiser, Linda Smith draws upon her professional and personal experience as a storyteller, writer, motivational speaker and disability advocate. Smith speaks with expertise on non-profit fundraising, community relations and event management. Since the birth of her son, Christopher, Smith has dedicated her life to be the voice of advocacy for people with disabilities. In 2019, Smith became a published author with the release of her memoir “Unwanted.” For more information on Linda Smith and “Unwanted,” visit http://lindaslife.com/and follow her at @livelindaslife on Facebook, Twitterand Instagra