HomeAid was recently honored by being selected as one of four charities to compete for funds at OKRA Charity Saloon in downtown Houston. Beginning September 1, HomeAid will be showcasing a display that depicts HomeAid's mission - to build new lives for homeless families and individuals through housing and community outreach. Three other charities will compete for funds with their own displays throughout the month. For each purchased drink or food item, guests receive a ticket for one vote that they cast that evening for their favorite charity. The charity with the most votes at the end of September receives the next month's proceeds. Since 2011, OKRA has raised $1,253,247.45 for local charities.
The OKRA Charity Saloon, located at Congress and Main is a historic venue that was originally opened in 1882 as the Original Casino Saloon and remained open until Prohibition. The building has also been home to a barber shop and a jazz club. The central, oval-shaped bar is accented by exposed brick walls with gas light fixtures. The original circle arch and barrel vault ceilings are still intact today. OKRA is located at 924 Congress Ave. Houston Texas 77002.
OKRA stands for Organized Kollaboration on Restaurant Affairs. The concept was created by a group of restaurant and business owners in Houston who recognized a need for a public voice for independent businesses in the industry. The idea was to pursue community and charitable initiatives in the city.
Since 2003, HomeAid Houston has completed 54 projects that added over $14 million in real estate to Houston’s homeless community. For more information on HomeAid Houston visit www.homeaidhouston.org or call 281-970-8970