St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is the only pediatric cancer research center where families never pay for treatment not covered by insurance.
In the first week of June, from May 30 to June 5, all 25 locations of RA Sushi in Southern California, Arizona, East Texas, Florida, and five other states will host a fundraiser for St. Jude. Diners can choose any item on the Nicky’s Week Special menu, such as Shrimp Nigiri, Chicken Yakitori, the signature plates Tuna Tataki and Tootsy Maki. All sale profits from the Nicky’s Week menu will be donated to St. Jude.
If you’re in Houston or planning on driving by Houston, RA Sushi is opened for lunch 11a.m.-3p.m. daily, and dinner from 3p.m. to midnight at the Highland Village location, and 3p.m.-11p.m. at the CityCentre location. Last year RA Sushi in Highland Village alone raised nearly $10,000 during the week long event. This year RA Sushi in CityCentre will participate in the event for the first time.
On the Southern California front, there are six locations in San Diego, Tustin, Corona, Torrance, Chino Hills, and Huntington Beach.
The fundraiser started in 2005, in memory of the 13-year-old Nicholas “Nicky” Mailliard, shortly after his unsuccessful battle with brain cancer. Mr. Rich Howland, Nicky’s uncle and one of RA Sushi’s original founders, started the annual Nicky’s Week fundraising event to help fulfilling Nicky’s wish of finding a cure for cancer. Since 2005, the event has raised nearly $500,000 for St. Jude, and the goal this year is to add another $125,000 to that sum.
The cost of cancer treatment is on the order of $10,000 per year on the low end, and hundreds of thousands can be spent on each additional year of treatment.
So if you’re going to spend money on food and drinks during the first week of June, why not make your dollar more meaningful as well?
- 3908 Westheimer, Houston, TX 77027 (at Highland Village above West Elm)
- 12860 Queensbury, Houston, TX 77024 (in CityCentre)
- 701 Lone Star Dr., Plano, TX 75024
RA Sushi California
- 13925 City Center Dr., Chino Hills, CA 91709
- 2785 Cabot Dr., St 101, Corona, CA 92883
- 3525 Carson St., St 161, Torrance, CA 90503
- 155 5th Sreet, St 183, Huntington Beach, CA 92648
- 2401 Park Avenue, Tustin, CA 92782
- 474 Broadway, San Diego, CA 92101
*All images are courtesy of RA Sushi Bar & Restaurant. With special thanks to RA Sushi’s PR & Marketing Coordinator Stacia Schacherer for providing me with all information to complete this post.