RA Sushi Restaurants Raising Funds for St. Jude Hospital

RA Sushi in metro Phoenix will be donating 100 percent of its sales from a special menu this week to raise money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital to help find a cure for childhood cancers.

It’s all part of RA Sushi’s 12th annual Nicky’s Week to honor the life of Nicholas Mailliard of Scottsdale, who lost his battle with pediatric cancer in 2005 at the age of 13. Nicky was the nephew of Rich Howland, one of RA Sushi’s founders. His battle with cancer deeply impacted the RA Sushi family and inspired the annual event benefiting St. Jude.

Ra Sushi has 27 restaurants in nine states, including five in metro Phoenix and one in Tucson. Nicky’s Week is from May 23-29.

“By supporting Nicky’s Week, our guests are doing more than having a great night out; they also are helping make a difference,” said Mike Johnson, RA Sushi vice president of operations.

Fund-raising partnerships have helped St. Jude push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20 percent to more than 80 percent since it opened more than 50 years ago. Funds raised through events like Nicky’s Week help ensure families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food – because St. Jude believes all a family should worry about is helping their child live.

Supporters can help the cause by visiting RA Sushi and ordering from the Nicky’s Week menu, including the Tootsy Maki Roll, Sesame Garlic Chicken and Garlic Ponzu Yellowtail, along with select specialty cocktails, wines, beers and non-alcoholic drinks.

Select locations will host additional fund-raising events or silent auctions, and all locations will accept cash donations on behalf of the hospital.


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