HomeAid Invites You to OKRA Charity Saloon

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“Where the Fun is in Fun-draising”

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.

For each drink or food item purchased during Happy Hour until closing, guests receive a ticket for one vote to 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 Charity Saloon has raised $1,253,247.45 for local charities.


The OKRA Charity Saloon, located at Congress and Main is a historic venue 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 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.

“We invite our supporters and their friends and family to spend a fun and unique evening raising awareness about who we are and what we do. Your vote will also raise valuable funds that will go toward our upcoming projects. It will be a month-long opportunity that could make a difference in the lives of those we serve.”Patrick Mayhan, HomeAid Houston President

OKRA stands for Organized Kollaboration on Restaurant Affairs. The concept was created by a group of restaurant and bar 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.

Plan your happy hour! Email Kirsten Robbins with your September date. Vote anytime from 4 p.m. to close. Then check in on your favorite social network with hashtag #HappyHourforHomeAid. (Make sure your post settings are set to public. A drawing in October will recognize one lucky social media guru!)

2019 – Pup Squad Animal Rescue – $9,309.17
2019 – re:MIND – $9,317.13
2018 – Houston Ballet – $16,306.18
2018 – A Chance to Bloom – $14,123.52
2018 – The Children’s Assessment Center – $12,010.11
2017 – Direct Hope – $17,309.18
2017 – The Women’s Fund – $15,820.82
2016 – Association for Women in Science – $18,128.85
2016 – The Way Home Adoption – $15,913.86
2016 – DePelchin Children’s Center – $13,050.99

About the Author

Terry Swenson


A writer and a photographer, Terry Swenson is GHBA's Director of Public Relations. She is also the founder of the PictureThis Project, which puts cameras in the hands of Houston's homeless and allows them to share their story, through their lens.

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