This Monday, a crisp and autumnal Berkeley night, yelpers from all over the Bay Area gathered their goodwill and gumption and headed over to Yelp Helps, the East Bay's first do-good event! Over 700 guests sauntered into the David Brower Center to learn about ways to give back to some of the Bay's most dynamic and amazing non-profits.
Over 30 organizations were on-site armed with information to get yelpers excited and involved. Loved Twice, a non-profit dedicated to delivering gently used and new baby clothes directly to underprivileged newborns, asked guests to volunteer their writing skills to help the organization write grants. The Bay Area Girls Rock Camp showed off their talents with a live performance by program's rockin' graduates, Chixx Mixx. And Girls Inc. got everyone's attention with their liquid nitrogen ice cream! As party-goers chatted up vendor booths, Youth Radio put their talents into action with live interviews of festive and philanthropic helpers.
But these non-profits were only the tip of the iceberg! Throughout the 4-story space, other participating organizations found equally compelling ways to engage guests, create awareness and get volunteer sign-ups. Just ask Christine L: "I loved seeing so many organizations out and seeing so many people passionate about the cause they represent. I signed up for a couple volunteer opportunities so this event did what it was suppose to do – get people involved and informed!"
Of course this smashing soirée couldn't have been complete without the support from the smattering of food and beverage sponsors! Many thanks to SKYY Vodka, Espolón Tequila, Don & Sons Wines, Cupcake Vineyard, Terra Valentine Wines, Trumer Pils, DRY Soda, Q Tonic, House Kombucha, and Amanda's. But what's an event without the grub to wash it all down? Gather was on hand with their expertly prepared good-for-you bites while Pietisserie impressed guests with mojito and beet pies! With sweet tooths in full effect, NK Chocolates delighted yelpers with their handmade truffles! There to capture the action, The Laugh Box treated party-goers to strip style photos! As always, a tremendous time had by all! A very special thank you to the hard-working staff at the Brower Center and our partners in event planning crime, Quantum Music Event Planners!
Until next time,
East Bay Community Manager