Good Food for Good Causes

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Seems there's never any shortage of disasters on a personal or national scale. Here's two benefits that try to help ease the pain. 

At Coco Asian Bistro & Bar in Fort Lauderdale, chef-owner Mike Ponluang is hosting a "Party for a Purpose" on Saturday, June 4, from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The party is an all-you-can-eat Thai and sushi buffet, along with an all-you-can-drink bar and entertainment by Rich Hurt. It's also a celebration of the restaurant's five-year anniversary.  

The purpose is relief for the victims of the Japanese earthquake and Thai floods, with 100-percent of the proceeds going to the Japanese Earthquake Relief Fund and Thai Red Cross Society. Tickets are $20 and can be obtained by at the restaurant or by calling 954-525-3541. 

At RA Sushi in Palm Beach Gardens and Pembroke Pines, the week of May 29 through June 4 is the restaurants' annual "Nicky's Week" benefit for St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital. 

Named for the 13-year-old nephew of one of RA's founders who died of brain cancer, the benefit has raised some $700,000 for the hospital since 2005. Proceeds from a variety of drinks and dishes will be donated, with a goal this year of $125,000.


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