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RA Sushi’s 2009 Nicky’s Week Bartender Mix-Off Benefit for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

Xania Woodman and Earl Shelton pose for a post-battle photo
RA Sushi Bar Restaurant hosted the 2009 Nicky’s Week Bartender Mix-Off Battle on Thursday, May 28 from 6-7 p.m.   Las Vegas Weekly’s nightlife writer Xania Woodman battled it out with Q Vegas’ Earl Shelton in a mixologist showdown (Pictured above: Xania Woodman and Earl Shelton pose for a post-battle photo).

Las Vegas Weekly’s Xania Woodman is making a delicious cocktail for a RA Sushi bar guest.
Las Vegas Weekly’s Xania Woodman is making a delicious cocktail for a RA Sushi bar guest.

For one hour, Woodman and Shelton made as many drinks as possible for the thirsty patrons, with all sales and tips from the hour going to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital as part of the Nicky’s Week fundraiser held at RA Sushi. In the end, Woodman was deemed the winner of the 2009 Nicky’s Week Bartender Mix-Off Battle by raising approximately $750 for the charity.

Q Vegas’ Earl Shelton is preparing to shake up a libation for a bar guest at RA Sushi.
Q Vegas’ Earl Shelton is preparing to shake up a libation for a bar guest at RA Sushi.

“Both Xania and Earl did a great job as guest bartenders,” said Cole Sanjines, general manager of RA Sushi Bar Restaurant in Las Vegas. “Although they were competing against each other, their main goal was to raise money for St. Jude and to raise almost $1,200 in one hour is amazing. We can’t wait until next year’s Nicky’s Week fundraiser.”

The Nicky’s Week fundraiser was developed in memory of longtime St. Jude patient Nicholas “Nicky” Mailliard, of Scottsdale, who lost a long battle with brain cancer in February 2005 at the young age of 13. A nephew of one of RA’s founders, Nicky held a special place in the hearts of RA associates throughout the organization. RA initiated the fundraiser in honor of Nicky as a way to further promote the exceptional attention and support provided at no cost to families of children receiving care at St. Jude. All donations from the weeklong effort will help pay for St. Jude’s development of treatment and cures for diseases such as brain tumors, leukemia, sickle cell disease, and other life-threatening illnesses in children.

RA is best known for successfully combining distinctive sushi with a trendy, hip atmosphere. Fresh sushi is served to order along with outstanding Japanese-fusion cuisine in a fun, lively environment. Please visit www.RAsushi.com for more information.