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Dec 22, 2013 1:28 PM by Associated Press

Philanthropy and drinking a good mix at Texas bar

HOUSTON (AP) - It's become a place where you can eat, drink and be merry - but also give to charity.

Since opening its doors last December, a Houston bar that donates 100 percent of its profits to local charities has far exceeded expectations, helping turn cocktails and glasses of wine and beer into warm blankets and hot meals for those in need.

By the end of this year, Original OKRA Charity Saloon will have donated about $300,000 to a dozen organizations.

The group that runs the saloon had expected to donate only about a third of that amount in its first year.

The charity saloon is one of several bars around the country using that business model as a way to give back.

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