A Give-Get Gala in the Triangle!

Sunday fun day? You bet. Yesterday, 100 Triangle yelpers and 16 charitable organizations convened at the Durham Arts Council for Yelp Helps. A 501(c)(3) itself, the venue — with it's naturally lit lobby and serendipitously themed community portraits exhibition — was the perfect space for such an event!

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Guests received a Passport to Charity which was stamped at each exhibit they visited and traded in for a swag bag full of Yelp and PBR goodies — plus the chance to win one of 4 $50 gift certificates to City Beverage. NC Greyhound Adoption Promotion (NCGAP) brought their beautiful dogs for everyone to spend time with, and the Volunteer Center of Durham handed out tees for sign-ups. Elite yelpers Serena S, Mary C, and Nick D shared their passions for Be the Match; Triangle Impact; and Young Nonprofit Professionals Network respectively. It was a delightfully diverse list of organizations — many of them local grassroots efforts — sharing the ways in which they're making the Triangle a better place! Many thanks also to National Inclusion; Sustain Foundation; The Scrap Exhange; Southeast German Shepherd Rescue (SGSR); Genesis Home; Triangle Gives Back; Doughman; SeeSaw Studio; Strong Women Organizing Outrageous Projects (SWOOP); and KidZNotes for your time, energy, and efforts with the event — and out in the community!

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It's no secret that yelpers like to eat and drink, and our amazing sponsors made sure there was no shortage of goodies like meatballs, wraps, brownies, vapor distilled water, and beer. HUGE thanks to our generous sponsors The Picnic Basket, smartwater, PBR, and Shutterbooth for keeping our tummies full, thirst quenched, and faces smiling. And snaps to the entertainers — Jimmy Lovelace, Chris Chappell, and Magic Mike — for rounding out the event with toe-tapping tunes and awe-inspiring tricks!

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Remember to vote for the organizations participating in the Pepsi Refresh Project! It's quick and free to sign up — so please give our local groups some love:

National Inclusion
SGSR (Southeast German Shepherd Rescue)
SWOOP (Strong Women Organizing Outrageous Projects)

Ahh… we still have warm fuzzies — even moreso after reading the rave reviews! Get a gander at the event photos on Flickr (thanks Phil G!); and the Shutterbooth shots coming soon here.

Until next time, SYOY!

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