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Ladies Night always is a good time.

But Ladies Night while helping people in need is even better — even though today's Cocktails for a Cause isn't just for those with two X chromosomes.

As it does every Wednesday, Blue Martini presents its True Blue Ladies Night. But on February 3, gals and guys should stop by the Town Square hot-spot a bit early to help a family in need while taking advantage of some stellar drink specials. (Psst, guys — chicks dig dudes who help out and attend charity events.)

From 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., a benefit will be held to raise funds to assist 2-year-old William Weigel, a child living with a brain injury.

"William was a fully functioning 1-year-old old boy when accident happened," says Ketura Whitman, a family friend and the event's organizer. "He stopped breathing during a nap and his parents found him and he was resuscitated, but his brain had gone without oxygen for 10 minutes."

The Details

Cocktails for a Cause
February 3, 7 to 8:30 p.m.
Blue Martini, 949-2583

Now William has limited mobility and has lost his vision and speech. He undergoes physical therapy three times a week, occupational and speech therapy twice a week, and craniosacral therapy, massages and acupuncture weekly.

"We're raising money to pay for some of the medical costs they accumulated," Whitman says.

William's mother had to quit her job to take care of her son full-time, in addition to caring for William's twin sister and younger brother. William's father is self-employed, and his health insurance only covers minimal expenses.

"The cost of William's medical care has been outrageous," Whitman says. "We want to help the family get back on their feet."

Whitman is no stranger to charitable causes in Las Vegas.

She's also helped with a bachelor auction and calendar for the Burn Foundation, as well as Walk Me Home for the Clark County Foster and Adoptive Parent Association, among other events.

After William suffered his brain injury, Whitman realized no organization on the West Coast existed to assist children with similar injuries and raise awareness of those living with anoxic hypoxic brain injuries. She is now assisting with establishing a charity.

At tonight's event, for a $15 donation, attendees will have access to an open bar featuring Van Gogh vodka drinks and Heineken Light, appetizers, and entry into the raffle featuring prizes such as cosmetic treatments and spa packages.

For more information, contact Ketura Whitman at keturaw@gmail.com, or visit William's Facebook page.

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