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Giving Spirit

A Victory for Houston: The winner of CultureMap's Charity Challenge is . . .

By Joel Luks

The votes are in and counted for the first CultureMap Houston Charity Challenge, a two-week online contest in which readers were asked to recognize a non-profit organization for its good work. ...


Big hearts and big bucks

A $22 million drive: Dr. Cooley's record-breaking donation kick starts Med Center library's future

By Marika Rafte

No one would ever accuse Dr. Denton Cooley's heart of being too small. In fact it's just the opposite. Cooley gave large donation in Texas Medical Center Library's history. It& ...


Bottoms Up CultureMap Video

Boozing it up for a good cause: OKRA Charity Saloon swizzles a Caribbean-inspired cocktail

By Marcy de Luna

OKRA Charity Saloon, located downtown near Main Street and the Market Square Historic District, is not the first bar to open its doors at 924 Congress St. The original occupant, Casino Saloon, serv ...


Bigger & Better

An Art Asylum moves into EaDo: Part antiques, part crafts, part thrift store, it's a hoarder's dream

By Whitney Radley

"This doesn't work," Jennifer McCormick says, indicating the stacks of cardboard boxes and craft detritus crowding her. This is the official sorting room for Texas Art Asylum &md ...


Big Bucks, part II

The $3 million man: Houston attorney among top 5 contributors to Obama campaign

By Clifford Pugh

While Texas isn't a battleground state, Republicans aren't the only ones contributing big bucks to their presidential favorite. Houston attorney Steve Mostyn, 41, has given millions to& ...


CultureMap Video

Not just hip yoga, healthy yoga: Donation-based studio welcomes all to breathe to better health

By Joel Luks

Business models that incorporate doing good as part of the user experience are many. The need for consumers to feel like they are contributing to a greater cause has set companies and products such ...


CulturePoll

H-E-B celebrates new Montrose store with charitable community donation — and you can help pick the winner

By Caroline Gallay

UPDATE: In the first day of online voting, The High School for Performing and Visual Arts leads the pack. Online voting continues until Friday at midnight; voting at the new H-E-B Montrose Market c ...


In Memory

Landmark Frank Stella painting lands at MFAH thanks to the artist's love for Peter Marzio

By Tyler Rudick

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston has acquired Frank Stella’s 1961 painting, Palmito Ranch, from the artist’s renowned "Benjamin Moore" series — thanks to the respec ...


Texas Medical Center Record

M.D. Anderson Cancer Center receives $150 million gift from United Arab Emirates

By Caroline Gallay

The United Arab Emirates' Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation, founded by former UAE President Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al-Nahyan, has given the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Cente ...


Sun beats gloom

No recession in the art park: Bayou City Arts festival doubles its contributions

By Caroline Gallay

It's been a difficult time for fund-raising efforts, but the Bayou City Arts Festival surprised its 17 non-profit partners last week by doubling their expected contributions. The award ...


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