GoodShop online to help the Museum!

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It’s that time of year again where everywhere we turn we’re being asked to shop ’til we drop!

If you are the type of person who will do just about anything to avoid the holiday mall traffic you should try shopping online. There’s so much available online and now there’s a way to support charities like the Houston Museum of Natural Science while shopping online from the comfort of your own home!

GoodSearch is an online search engine (like google or yahoo) that donates to the charity of your choice each time you search – I even have the GoodSearch toolbar on my internet window so I can search and donate without even thinking twice! So – GoodSearch has taken it a step further and created GoodShop which is perfect for those of you who like to shop online! GoodShop partners with online retailers so that when you click on a particular online shop from the GoodShop homepage a percentage of your purchase price goes to the charity of your choice! What’s even better is that there is such a variety of online retailers participating (Apple store/Itunes, Best Buy, Nordstrom, Zappos, and Barnes and Noble just to name a few) you can find almost anything you’re looking for via the GoodShop page! There are also deals and coupons that the online shops will sometimes offer to GoodShoppers via the GoodShop page!

So here’s how it works:

1.Go to the GoodShop page

2. Select your Charity (HMNS is already loaded so all you have to do is search Houston Museum)

3. Click on the store of your choice out of the 700 participating retailers and buy something! Up to 30% of your purchase will go to your selected charity!

4. Tell all of your friends!

Eating The Way To A New Wing

We’re turning 100 next year – and we’ve launched an $85 million capital campaign that will help us fulfill our mission – the advancement of the general knowledge of natural science – throughout our second century. Among many goals, the funds will be used to expand our exhibition halls, including the creation of a new Hall of Paleontology, designed to be one of the most dramatic and comprehensive in the world. Today, Nicole fills us in on one of the easy ways you can support this mission, just by eating out.

Katz’s Deli on Westheimer – just off Montrose – has given the Museum the “Benefit Table” for the month of August.  What does that mean?

Smoked Salmon, Creme Fraiche, Capers, Onion, Roquette, multigrain baguette - The French Quarter
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The benefit table is a special table for parties of 6 or more who come to nosh at Katz’s. Ten percent of your bill at the end of the meal (not including tax) is donated to the cause of the month and, for August, the Museum’s capital campaign has been selected as the cause.   

Eat delicious goodness and support your favorite Museum at the same time.  (I reccomend the rueben and Dave likes the fried pickels and bortsch.)
Stir Fry
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All you need to do is eat, pay, and repeat if you are seated at the benefit table.  IF THE TABLE IS ALREADY TAKEN, alert your server that you wanted to sit there and that you would like a portion of your bill donated to the Museum and that should take care of it.  What could be easier?

We will see you there.