Tickets and sponsorships for Gov. Steve Sisolak’s two inauguration balls aren’t coming cheap.
According to an event invitation obtained by The Nevada Independent, sponsorship opportunities for Sisolak’s two planned inaugural events in Northern and Southern Nevada will run upward of $50,000, with ticket prices ranging from $1,000 to $25 for active military, veterans, students and educators. One “Inaugural Gala” will be held at the Aria Resort Casino in Las Vegas on Jan. 18, and the other at the Grand Sierra Resort in Reno on Jan. 24.
It’s not usual for governors to set up separate entities or political action committees to host inauguration events for newly elected governors, including in California, Georgia, New Hampshire, Virginia and Pennsylvania. And like the other inaugural committees, it will take some time before the funders of Sisolak’s inaugural committee are known — any funds raised by the PAC after Jan. 1 won’t be required to be reported on campaign finance reports until the end of 2019.
The invitation lists four sponsorship levels of $50,000, $25,000, $10,000 and $5,000, with the top level offering sponsors two tables of 10 at each inaugural event, 10 tickets to a “V.I.P. Photo Reception” at each event and a listing on the official invitation and “acknowledgement” at each event.
General admission for the events is $100, with $1,000 tickets offering admission, the “V.I.P. Photo Reception” and dinner.
Sisolak was sworn in as governor on Monday, and afterwards held a free public reception at the Nevada State Library and Archives.
A PAC set up for former Gov. Brian Sandoval’s inauguration reported raising over $1.1 million over a roughly six month period between 2010 and 2011, and spending it on consultants, staff and special events.