Rí Rá Las Vegas Raises More than $27,000 for
St. Baldrick’s Foundation
On Saturday, March 3, Rí Rá Las Vegas, located inside The Shoppes at Mandalay Place, raised more than $27,000 at its first head-shaving fundraiser for St. Baldrick’s Foundation, which funds the most promising research to find cures for childhood cancers and give survivors long and healthy lives.
Starting at noon, several dancers from FANTASY at the Luxor Hotel and Casino kicked off the event as guest hairdressers and shaved the first heads at Rí Rá. The haircuts continued throughout the day, as local hairdressers from Walk In Salon by Robert Cromeans and barbers from The Art of Shaving volunteered their time to shave heads. Local food critic Al Mancini also took a turn as a guest barber by shaving some locks off a young volunteer. More than 40 heads were shaved on the day. During the event, guests enjoyed commentary from emcee Paul Cray along with live music from Wild Colonial Bhoys and Smilin’ Bob.
About the St. Baldrick’s Foundation The St. Baldrick’s Foundation is a volunteer-driven charity committed to funding the most promising research to find cures for childhood cancers and give survivors long and healthy lives. The Foundation funds more in childhood cancer research grants than any organization except the U.S. government. 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, a child’s best hope for a cure. Since the Foundation’s first grants as an independent charity in 2005, St. Baldrick’s has funded more than $78 million in childhood cancer research. 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.
Credit: Perry King