On a breezy Arizona evening, yelpers from all around gathered on the 17th floor of Phoenix's brand new CityScape in Downtown Phoenix for Yelp Helps – the Valley's first-ever event focused around volunteerism and giving back! With a backdrop of panoramic vistas of the city skyline, nearly 300 yelpers visited with 25+ non-profits while they enjoyed desserts and cocktails to sweeten up the night.
Yelpers with a heart for giving back befriended several non-profits like Phoenix Art Museum, Desert Botanical Garden, Ronald McDonald House and Save the Family; just to name a few! Top dogs from the Lost Our Home Pet Association greeted guests with a wag and a woof. And if there wasn't already enough puppy love in the air, John C Lincoln brought out some gentle giants, Great Pyrenese therapy dogs, to showcase unique ways yelpers could donate their time. Movember showed their strong support for the 'stache to raise awareness for prostate cancer and Ear Candy showed guests the importance of music education. Throughout the evening, yelpers also visited with Alliance of Arizona Non Profits, Anne Rita Monahan Foundation, Arizona Anima Welfare League & SPCA, Arizona Opera, Arizona Quest for Kids, Arizona Theater Company, Child Crisis Center, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Future for Kids, GoodWill of Central Arizona, Labor's Community Service Agency, Life Solutions, National Kidney Foundation of Arizona, Salvation Army, and the Muscular Dystrophy Association! Some yelpers tested out the Musical Instrument Museum's minature instruments and others pooped themselves out with the Arizona Science Center's "Scat" game where they matched the animal's name with their feces. Keep Phoenix Beautiful was all smiles and rejoiced: "We have a really unique niche but this was the perfect fit for us."
With so much giving in the air, dessert sponsors sweetened up the night by providing bundt cakes from Nothing Bundt Cakes, cupcakes from Butter & Me, cheesecake from Celtic Bella Catering, alcohol ice cream from Lee's Cream Liqeuer, chips from PopChips and cookies from Honey Moon Sweets. To wash down all the delicious treats, yelpers enjoyed Cruz Tequila, Tito's Vodka, Crispin' Cider, OneHope Wine and ResQ Water. Mberry and 5 Hour Energy also made a special appearance!
While a rockin' DJ energized the crowd, yelpers enjoyed the first of many community outreach related events. Heather W sums it up best: "Yelp Helps is a wonderful concept of bringing together a bunch of local charities, good food, tasty beverages and some great music….all to get people interested in volunteering throughout the valley. So many times we get caught up in our own lives that we forget there are so many wonderful causes that can use our help. By meeting the volunteers and hearing their missions and goals, I am so motivated to get back into volunteering again."
A special thank you to the participating CityScape for hosting Yelp Helps and the non-profits, food and drink vendors who sponsored it as well as Esoterik Photography! Be sure to check out the reviews.
See you next time!
Yelp Phoenix Community Manager