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Session, a downtown cocktail bar, joined forces with Tito's Handmade Vodka to raise $2,380 for the Tuscaloosa Metro Animal Shelter.

Session and the distillery raised the money by creating one specialty cocktail per month in which proceeds are donated back to the community. Owner Hunter Wiggins said this idea started when he first opened his doors over a year ago.

"We knew that we wanted to use our unique position that we were in to help people that couldn't help themselves, and being the animal lover and conservationist that I am, I knew right away that we were going to do work with Tito's," Wiggins said. "We were going to work with the Metro Animal Shelter because ... these dogs and cats never asked to be born into a world where they don't have people that love them."

Session and Tito's once again partnered up for another specialty cocktail for October. This month's cocktail, titled the "Mango Kid," will give a $1 portion of all sales to the Children's Hands-On Museum. The vodka retailer will match the total amount of sales for the month's specialty cocktail, which is made with Tito's, mango, lime and angostura.

"I think what the big thing is, with so much going on in the world, we have to not let the coronavirus pandemic keep us from doing what we want to do, which is continuing to give back to our community," Wiggins said. "So while everybody's hurting, we're still finding a way to work with our brands to get people in our bar and still contribute to our local community, the way that we want to."

For more information about Session's new monthly specialty cocktail, check out their Facebook page here.

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