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"How can I help?" Simple. You can make a tax-deductible donation donate, join us as a Friend of First Friday click here, volunteer info@firstfriday-lasvegas.org  or alert us to foundation or corporate grant opportunities. Whirlygig, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit art organization, serves the Las Vegas community by promoting the development and education of arts and artists through our programs—primarily First Friday. Corporate, personal, and foundation support will go a long way toward helping us continue to put on this popular grassroots event. Thank you for joining with us and our longtime Host Sponsor, the City of Las Vegas Office of Cultural Affairs, in supporting First Friday.

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First Friday 6th Anniversary Fundraiser


A special thanks to our host committee:

Mayor Oscar Goodman

Karen Gay/Global Citizenship Director, Cirque du Soleil-Resident Shows Division and California

Dick Geyer/President Las Vegas 18b Arts District Neighborhood Association

Sam Cherry/Downtown Developer/Whirlygig Board of Directors

Naomi Arin/Dust Gallery/Whirlygig Inc.Vice President/LVAM Board of Directors 

FIRST FRIDAY is a program of the non-profit arts organization, Whirlygig Inc. The Whirlygig Board of Directors wishes to express our thanks to all below for their generosity. Our  AUCTIONS raised much-needed funds for First Friday due to their support. Thank you to all who participated in this fun event! 

Our Sensational First Friday 6th  Year Anniversary Fundraiser was held at Newport Lofts on October 23, 2008. We raised much-needed funds to help support our popular art celebration and block party and all had a good time doing it. Thanks to all who sponsored the event; who came to the event; who donated art for the live art auction; who donated services and merchandise for the silent auction; who made sure their friends came to this event; and to the many friends of First Friday who donated their time and effort to help put on the Sensational Sixth Year Anniversary Party-.


Special thanks to our major sponsors of First Friday’s 6th Anniversary Fundraiser


Newport Lofts

Fierro Communications

La Cabana


Downtown Cocktail Room

Enchanted Florist

Jennifer and Brian Henry

Las Vegas Parking



Thanks to all of the artists who donated thier work

Robin Barcus-Slonina


Jerry Misko

KD Matheson

Leslie Rowland

Marty Walsh/Trifecta Gallery

Mark T. Zeilman


Thomas A. Bisesti


Specialty Auction Items

Office visit with the Mayor (priceless)

Mayor fan, bobblehead and comic books included


 Silent Auction Items

§  2  Memberships Las Vegas Art Museum

§  Monte Carlo-- Crazy Horse Paris  tickets

§  JW Marriott--two nights deluxe accommodations with breakfast 

§  Loews Lake Las Vegas (2 nights) and one 50-minute massage at Loews' spa (Spa Moulay)

§  Planet Hollywood package (two room nights, champagne brunch, dinner and bar voucher

§  Monte Carlo- tickets to Lance Burton

§  Las Vegas Motor Speedway--Sam's Town 300 Nascar Nationwide Series Event

§  Blue Man Group-- tickets

§  Silverton--one night stay and dinner for two at Twin Creeks

§  Hacienda Hotel and Casino, Boulder City, 2 nights, room with scenic view, Tango
 Buffet for 2

§  El Cortez Hotel & Casino 2 night, 3 day stay in the new Cabana Suites

§  Golden Nugget Dinner for 2 at Red Sushi (value $80), 2 show tickets to Defending the Caveman

§ Cinevegas--2 Locals passes

§ Triple George

§Wolf Gang Puck

§   Casa Don Juan

§  Tinoco's Bistro

§  Wine and 2 tickets to Rock n Roll Wine event

§  VOX Wine Lounge


§Mezzo Bistro Italiano

§  Mixed Zone Cafe

§   Double Down Saloon

§  Globe Salon

§  Boot Camp Las Vegas  www.bootcamplasvegas.com 

§   Skaught Gibson Hair Cut and Color

§   Grackle Graphics

§    Johnny Tocco Gym

§     Golf Tec-- www.golftec.com

§   Box--a body waxing boutique-- www.bikiniwaxing.com

§   Kiss's Salon 

§  Well Spa in Platinum Hotel

§  Gyrotonics

§  Rose Street Pilates

§  Lush Handmade Cosmetics gift basket

§  Only Vegas Luggage/Gift Package from LVCVA

§  Mary Kay Cosmetics

§  LVCVA/ Las Vegas News Bureau

§  Las Vegas Premium Outlets

§  The Weiland Group

§  Akashic Noir Series

§  Retro Vegas

§  Not Just Antiques Mart

§  The Funk House www.thefunkhouselasvegas.com

§ Las Vegas Art Museum

§ Bone Appetit, Grooming Salon and Boutique

§ Spirit Within U Gift Shoppe

§ Lee's Liquor

§ The Pop Culture Gallery

§ Gift Basket donated by Rich and Priscilla Romer



Cindy Funkhouser

Erika Pope

Jennifer Henry

Nancy Higgins

Danielle Rodenkirchen


AND the countless others who have volunteered their time and efforts to make this event such a success!


This event helps us raise funds for the production of First Friday. First Friday started in 2002 with 300 visitors and now attracts between 5-10,000 Las Vegans and tourists regularly each month. Please consider making a donation to Whirlygig to keep this popular art celebration going and growing! Thanks again from the Whirlygig Board of Directors.




















































































































































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