Armstrong bars give back to gay Houston

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When you’re a gay bar mogul, giving back is especially nice during a holiday season full of loving and caring. When you’re Charles Armstrong, you can go big with thousands in donations to 12 LGBT Houston charities. He did.

After a splash during Pride (photo) and at Halloween, Armstrong and company continued an eight-year tradition of spreading holiday cheer in the form of cold hard cash.

On Christmas Eve, the local mainstay’s namesake Charles Armstrong Investments – better known to night crawlers as JR’s, Mining Company, South Beach and Meteor – shared the love of a successful 2014 with a dozen worthy causes near and dear to gay Houston’s heart. Each of the non-profit beneficiaries receives $1,000.

Charles Armstrong, President and CEO of Charles Armstrong Investments, Inc., Meteor, JR’s Bar and Grill, the Montrose Mining Company, and South Beach announces our pledge of charitable donations to twelve (12) non-profit 501 (c) (3) organizations in the spirit of the Twelve Days of Christmas for the eighth year.

Mr. Armstrong said, “I am pleased to announce that we are once again in a position to give back to our community. These organizations work hard twelve months a year to provide services to both men and women in Houston’s Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Community. Even with the challenging local economy and a national recession, we believe it is important to support and recognize these twelve organizations. I would also like to challenge other businesses and bar owners in the community to reach deep into their pockets and donate to some or all of these wonderful organizations. It has been a privilege to be able to donate a total of $90,000.00 since we began these donations in 2003. On behalf of our one hundred plus employees, management and thousands of valued patrons that support our family of clubs that run from 800 Pacific Street to 2306 Genesee, we salute the following twelve (12) non-profit organizations with a $1,000.00 donation to be distributed throughout the year 2015 to each deserving organization.”

AIDS Foundation Houston
Bering Omega Community Services
The Empire of the Royal Sovereign and Imperial Court of the Single Star, Inc. (ERSICSS)
Friends of B.A.R.C.
Houston Gay (LGBTQ) Equality Parade
Houston Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA)
Houston Transgender Unity Committee
Legacy Community Health Services
The Montrose Center
Montrose Softball League (MSL)
SNAP Spay-Neuter Assistance Program

It’s kind of nice to know that at least a small portion of your cocktail budget goes to a cause besides your own entertainment. And goodness knows that Armstrong & Co. know how to entertain you, too.


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