GO RED PARTY ON FEB. 4 AT RA SUSHI TO CELEBRATE AMERICAN HEART MONTH

RA and Menorah Medical Center partner with American Heart Association for fifth year to raise awareness and funds

LEAWOOD, Kan. – RA Sushi and Menorah Medical Center will help draw attention to heart disease during the month of February with a Go Red party and month-long fundraiser to benefit the local Kansas City chapter of the American Heart Association.

The Go Red party will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 4 and is open to the public. Guests are encouraged to wear red and enjoy complimentary appetizers. The event will help raise money and awareness for the American Heart Association in honor of its Go Red for Women movement. February is American Heart Month, drawing attention to heart disease, America's No. 1 killer, and the strides being taken through research and education to raise awareness of risk factors and to decrease death rates.

On Feb. 1, RA will launch a specially-created Go Red sushi roll and cocktail. The two Go Red menu items will be available through Feb. 28 and $3 from the sale of each will benefit the local chapter of the American Heart Association.

“RA Sushi is excited again to partner with such a worthy local charity and we hope this event and others like it will help raise awareness for heart disease in women,” said Eric Abney, general manager of RA Sushi.

Menorah Medical Center, part of HCA Midwest Health System — Kansas City’s largest healthcare provider and private sector employer — is a leader in heart care. Menorah Medical Center was the first hospital in Johnson County to be dual certified as an Accredited Chest Pain Center by the Society of Chest Pain Centers and Certified Stroke Care Center by The Joint Commission.

“The numbers are staggering, with more than 400,000 women suffering heart attacks each year in the U.S. and more than one in three adult women having form of cardiovascular disease,” says Steven D. Wilkinson, FACHE, President and Chief Executive Officer, Menorah Medical Center. “Menorah Medical Center, as a leader in heart care, is pleased to partner with the American Heart Association and RA Sushi to bring awareness to heart disease, and to emphasize the importance of a healthy lifestyle, including diet and exercise.”

RA Sushi’s own Red Heart Roll, which is only available through the end of February, sells for $12. The slightly spicy roll is a mixture of kani kama crab mix, cucumber & avocado rolled and topped with spicy tuna mix. The Red Dress Martini, which sells for $9, is an invigorating blend of pomegranate flavor, Absolut Citron vodka, Pama liqueur and fresh lemon and grapefruit juice.

At the Go Red party and with a minimum $5 donation to Go Red for Women, guests will get a lesson in sushi making from one of our expert sushi chefs at a sushi rolling station. The best part is that guests can eat their work! Menorah Medical Center and retail locations at Park Place will offer giveaways and prizes.

About RA Sushi A “RA”ckin’ vibe, popular music, and distinctive Japanese fusion cuisine sets RA Sushi Bar Restaurant apart from a typical sushi joint. RA opened its first location in Scottsdale, Ariz. in 1997 and has since expanded to include 25 locations throughout the United States. Consistently awarded for its fresh sushi, creative cocktails, killer happy hour, and musically inspired nightlife, at RA good food and good times go hand-in-hand.

RA Sushi Leawood is located in Park Place at 11638 Ash Street. Lunch is served from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and dinner is served until 11 p.m. daily. The bar is open until 1 a.m. or later. Happy hour food and beverage specials are offered Monday through Saturday from 3 to 7 p.m. and reverse happy hour is served from 10 p.m. to midnight. Industry night Flying Fish Lounge specials are offered every Sunday beginning at 8 p.m. Reservations are available through Open Table at rasushi.com/leawood.

RA has 25 locations across the country. Enjoy RA Sushi in Arizona (Ahwatukee, Mesa, North Scottsdale, South Scottsdale, Tempe and Tucson); California (Chino Hills, Corona, Huntington Beach, San Diego, Torrance and Tustin); Florida (Palm Beach Gardens, Pembroke Pines and South Miami); Georgia (Atlanta); Illinois (Chicago, Glenview and Lombard); Kansas (Leawood); Maryland (Baltimore); Nevada (Las Vegas); and Texas (two Houston locations and Plano). Look for RA on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram and check in at RA Sushi on Foursquare. For more information visit RA online at www.RAsushi.com or call the restaurant at (913) 850-6260.

About the American Heart Association Founded in 1924, the American Heart Association today is the nation's oldest and largest voluntary health organization dedicated to building healthier lives, free of heart disease and stroke. These diseases, America's No. 1 and No. 3 killers, and all other cardiovascular diseases claim nearly 870,000 lives a year. In fiscal year 2006-07 the association invested more than $554 million in research, professional and public education, advocacy and community service programs to help all Americans live longer, healthier lives. To learn more, call 1-800-AHA-USA1 or visit americanheart.org.

About Go Red For Women Go Red For Women is part of the American Heart Association’s solution to help save women’s lives. With one out of three women still dying from heart disease, we are committed to fighting this No. 1 killer, which is largely preventable. GoRedForWomen.org, a premiere source of information and education, connects millions of women of all ages and gives them tangible resources to turn personal choices into lifesaving actions. We encourage women and the men who love them to embrace the cause. For more information, please visit GoRedForWomen.org or call 1-888-MY-HEART (1-888-694-3278). The movement is nationally sponsored by Macy’s and Merck & Co., Inc.

About Menorah Medical Center Menorah Medical Center is a full-service, acute-care hospital located on the corner of 119th and Nall in Overland Park. The hospital serves the community’s healthcare needs by providing compassionate care and some of the most advanced treatment options available in the Kansas City area. Menorah has a medical staff with more than 600 physicians covering the spectrum of specialties and offers exceptional experiences and extraordinary medicine for adults, newborns, children and teens. The Menorah culture of excellence fuels a commitment to meet and exceed the highest medical standards and to continually search for new and better ways to care for patients. Menorah Medical Center was the first hospital in Johnson County to be dual certified as an Accredited Chest Pain Center by the Society of Chest Pain Centers and Certified Stroke Care Center by The Joint Commission. Menorah Medical Center is a nationally accredited Level 1 Bariatric Surgery Center. In addition, The Commission on Cancer accredits Midwest Cancer Care at Menorah Medical Center as a Comprehensive Community Cancer Program. The Breast Center at Menorah is fully accredited by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers. Menorah is also home to the area’s only CyberKnife, a non-invasive alternative to surgery for the treatment of both cancerous and non-cancerous tumors. For more information on Menorah Medical Center and its services, visit menorahmedicalcenter.com.

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