Charity Saloon Gets a Shout-Out on The Colbert Report

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Almost everyone in the service industry enjoys receiving media accolades and mentions in the press. Anything from a positive visit by a critic to a passing mention usually bodes well for business.

One honor ranks higher than all others however. And that honor is a passing mention by political satirist and all-around American hero Stephen Colbert. Now Charity Saloon can count itself among the blessed.

There you go, every other restaurant in Houston; might as well take those old Houston Post clippings you had mounted at the local trophy store and throw them out with the old grease, because a new gold standard has been achieved.

In other Charity Saloon news, the newest batch of charities for patrons to choose from was announced this week. Each drink at the bar comes with one vote which may be given to the charity of your choice, with the month's winner receiving the next month's proceeds. They include:

Houston Area Women's Center: HAWC provides shelter, counseling and other resources to victims of domestic abuse and sexual assault in the greater Houston Area. Since 1977 has sought to end domestic and sexual violence through community awareness and education.

Houston Tomorrow: Formerly "The Gulf Coast Institute", Houston Tomorrow is a charitable nonprofit organization founded in 1998 to improve the quality of life for all the people of the Houston region through research, education, and discussion.

Aurora Picture Show: Aurora Picture Show is a non-profit media arts center that presents artist-made, non-commercial film and video. Dedicated to expanding the cinematic experience and promoting appreciation of cinema arts, Aurora events are truly one of a kind.

A 2nd Cup: An upcoming non-profit coffee shop working to end human-trafficking in Houston with a planned 2013 opening. They hope to fund after-care solutions for survivors, including housing, mentoring, tutoring and job-skills as well as provide partnership to other anti-trafficking groups.

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