First Friday is held at Stoney’s Rockin’ Country in Town Square on the south end of the Strip from 5 to 7 p.m. on the first Friday of every month.
The big draw has often been interesting, high-profile VIP speakers to serve as guests of honor.
In addition to Nevada political figures – such as Govs. Guinn, Gibbons and Sandoval, Sen. Heller, Reps. Heck and Amodei, and Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman (our only two-time VIP guest of honor; but since it’s a happy hour, I’m sure you can understand why!).
We’ve also featured non-politicians such as Jon Ralston, UNLV basketball coach David Rice, local race car driver Dylan Kwasniewski, Louie Prima Jr. and Rich Little.
We’ve also featured many out-of-state speakers, such as Sen. Rand Paul, Herman Cain, Sheriff Joe Arpaio, former Governors George Pataki and Gary Johnson, former Reps. John Shadegg, J.D. Hayworth and Tom Tancredo, talk-show hosts Roger Hedgecock and Rusty Humphries, Grover Norquist of Americans for Tax Reform, and authors such as Jack Abramoff, Ilario Pantano and Christine O’Donnell.
We even honored Kim Munley, the woman cop from Texas who took down the Ft. Hood shooter a couple years ago!
The First Friday Happy Hour is open to the public. A $10 donation is requested at the door to help defray the cost of flying in out-of-town speakers.
NOTE: Effective August 2014, the First Friday Happy Hour is now officially being sponsored by the Nevada Republican Men’s Club, not Citizen Outreach…though many of us will certainly continue to attend every month!