Rich Pedroncelli / AP
Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012 | 3:24 p.m.
Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney will rally supporters in North Las Vegas on Friday before traveling to Reno for a series of private fundraisers.
The North Las Vegas campaign rally was added to Romney’s schedule at the last minute. The campaign had been considering a public event in Reno to coincide with the fundraisers, but decided against it out of respect for one of the victims in the Aurora, Colo., shooting.
Funeral services for former Reno resident Jonathan Blunk, who died shielding his girlfriend from bullets in the movie theater shooting, also are scheduled for Friday. In observance of the funeral, Romney will be doing no public or media events in Reno.
Instead, he will give a speech to supporters at Sierra Truck and Body Equipment in North Las Vegas. Doors open to the public at 7:15 a.m.
He then flies to Northern Nevada, where he’ll attend fundraisers hosted by Reno businesswoman Patty Wade and casino mogul Ben Fahari.
Contribution levels range from $2,500 for a general reception at Wade’s home to a $25,000 a plate luncheon at Fahari’s sprawling mansion in southwest Reno. For $50,000, donors will be awarded “preferred status” at the Republican National Convention.