National Finals Rodeo to Las Vegas in 1985 and in 1988, thanks to the late Benny Binion, also a ProRodeo Hall of Famer, he became involved with Las Vegas Events and the Wrangler NFR Committee.
“Michael has always been a big supporter of the PRCA and professional rodeo,” said PRCA Commissioner Karl Stressman. “Although we have had some tough negotiations throughout the years, Michael has always been a friend of our sport. He was a major factor in the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo moving to Las Vegas, and has provided us endless hospitality at the South Point over the years.”
Gaughan also is a long-time sponsor, first locally, and then nationally, of the NFR and the PRCA.
Wrangler NFR Charity Bowling Tournament, Gold Coast Hotel and Casino Bowling Center. To support the Justin Cowboy Crisis Fund and Speedway Children’s Charities. Bowling, silent auction and more. Free Admission. Fee required to bowl (teams and individuals welcome). More information: Paulette Anderson, 702-632-8242.
Outside the Barrel with Flint Rasmussen. Cowboy Christmas, Las Vegas Convention Center, South Halls. Part of Rodeo Live presented by RODEOHOUSTON. Free admission/open to the public.
Wrangler NFR Autograph Session, Tie-Down Ropers. MGM Grand, main lobby. Free admission/open to the public. First come/first served; contestants depart at 2 p.m.
The South Point also has hosted the PRCA National Convention since 2006. The South Point is also a sponsor/supporter of the ProRodeo Hall of Fame and its events and Gaughan is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Hall of Fame.
“The NFR has been great for the city, and the city has been great for the rodeo,” Gaughan said. “Having the NFR in Las Vegas has really changed the month of December in Las Vegas. December used to be a slow month here, and now December is always my best month every year. Hosting the PRCA National Convention