Seattle’s Yelp Helps Open Event!

Picnik collage Amid the the rumors that Seattle lacks heart, we've got proof otherwise! More than 800 local yelpers trudged through the first storm of the season and made it down to fabulous Fremont Studios to learn about over 30 local non-profits. The theme of the event? Volunteerism! With over 1200 RSVPs this event was Seattle's largest Yelp event to date. Best of all, guests left with handouts, coupons, schwag bags, full bellies, wet whistles and volunteer opportunities galore!  

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Over 30 local non-profits participated in the event by hosting raffles, art auctions, live performances, wine bottle ring toss, bean bag toss, beer pong, Connect Four and much, much more! While guests mixed and mingled in this fabulous venue, food and drinks were in no short supply. Novo Fogo cachaca, Moon Mountain and Jose Cuervo Platino helped get the party started. But what's a party without great local beer?! Big Al Brewing, Two Beers Brewing and Emerald City Beer were on hand pouring some of the best brews in town. And to reward guests who opted to be designated drivers for the evening, sponsors Zip Car and Honest Tea awarded non-drinking guests with special goodie bags in their fancy designated drivers' lounge! DRY Soda also helped wet the whistles of guests who opted for an alternative to drinking liquor and beer. Yum!

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Between all of the drinking and donating, yelpers were gettin' hungry! Chao Bistro, Kukuruza Gourmet Popcorn, PopChips, Cupcake Royale, KIND Snacks, Greek Gods Yogurt, the Nordic Heritage Museum and Treats for the Streets all helped fill those hungry tummies with yummy snacks and appetizers.

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Capturing it all on (digital) film, The World is Fun (TWIF) made sure each guest got the opportunity to take a great group photo with friends before leaving the fun-filled event, all the while Fremont Abbey Arts Center kept the party poppin' with live musical performances, dance troupes, and even live painting exhibits! The artwork was auctioned off for charity and a few lucky guests got to go home with some local masterpieces. Other guests were awarded with bottles of wine for beating out competitors at Treehouses' coloring competition. Across the room even more bottles of wine were gifted to guests who won a round of wine bottle ring toss!

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Meanwhile, the guys and gals from Grist hosted a fun round of 'beer' pong (using water) and the Movember crew challenged guests to games of Connect Four for fabulous prizes. Also in attendance there was Paws, Interconnection, Rwanda Partners (and a 6ft elephant!), Team Survivor NW, Teatro Zinzanni, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, the Lifelong AIDS Alliance, Seattle Works, FIUTS, the Vera Project, Room to Read, National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Washington Trails Association, Pacific Northwest Diabetes Research Institute, One Brick, Boys & Girls Club of King County, APIWFSE, March of Dimes, Washington Bus, Fare Start and Global Music Project.

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Wanna hear what the guests have to say about the party? Read the reviews! Haven't written your review yet? Please do!

Check out more photos of the event on Yelp's Official Flickr stream!

Many thanks to the Yelp Elite photogs too! Vanessa H, Alvin N, Henry L and Sam H.

Until next time, SYOY!

Katy H
Yelp Seattle Community Manager