Rí Rá Las Vegas Raises $12,500 for St. Baldrick’s Foundation
On Saturday, March 2, Rí Rá Las Vegas raised more than $12,500 at its second head-shaving fundraiser for St. Baldrick’s Foundation, which funds the most promising research to find cures for childhood cancers and help survivors lead long and healthy lives.
Starting at 1 p.m., participants shed their locks at Rí Rá to support the fight against childhood cancer. The haircuts continued throughout the day, as local barbers from The Art of Shaving volunteered their time to shave heads. Stars from PEEPSHOW, including Josh Strickland and Cheaza, and local food critic Al Mancini took turns as guest barbers by shaving locks off several volunteers. One brave woman shed 26 inches of hair. In addition to raising money for St. Baldrick’s, she also donated her hair to Locks of Love. More than 40 heads were shaved on the day. During the event, guests enjoyed commentary from emcee Paul Cray.
About St. Baldrick’s Foundation
The St. Baldrick’s Foundation is a volunteer-driven and donor-centered charity committed to funding the most promising research to find cures for childhood cancers and give survivors long and healthy lives. Since 2005, St. Baldrick’s has awarded more than $100 million to support lifesaving research, making the Foundation the largest private funder of childhood cancer research grants. St. Baldrick’s funds are granted to some of the most brilliant childhood cancer research experts in the world and to younger professionals who will be the experts of tomorrow. Funds awarded also enable hundreds of local institutions to participate in national pediatric cancer clinical trials. For more information about the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, please call 1.888.899.BALD or visit www.StBaldricks.org.
About Rí Rá Las Vegas
Crafted in the warm pub style of 19th century Ireland, Rí Rá Las Vegas is located inside The Shoppes at Mandalay Place. The authentic Irish pub features a multitude of artifacts that were carefully restored in Wicklow, Ireland and shipped to their new home in Las Vegas. Rí Rá Las Vegas contains an authentic Victorian Shop bar that began its life in Ireland in the 1880s, a whiskey bar adorned with an original glazed jewelry cabinet from 1900, an oak floor from a whiskey distillery and an 8-foot-tall, 500-pound carved plaster statue of St. Patrick dating back to 1850. The pub hosts live entertainment seven nights a week in a music room constructed with artifacts dating back to 1890 from the Olympia Theater in Dublin, Ireland. Born and raised in Dublin, Rí Rá Las Vegas owners David Kelly and Ciaran Sheehan have been close friends since they were 14-years-old. Kelly and Sheehan later partnered with Jay Luther, whom Kelly met while working for Guinness. Rí Rá Las Vegas is the 12th pub the trio has opened in the U.S.