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Jacksonville Elite Event: The 6th Annual Yelpies at Hyatt Regency



Tuesday evening marked one of our most special events of 2018, The 6th Annual Yelpies at Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront. 140 Yelpers stepped into a newly renovated space, filled with warm hospitality and the most delicious cuisine. Before the fun even began, Yelpers generously donated over 200 toys for our toy drive beneficiary, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Jacksonville, Inc. We love giving back to the community, especially this time of year, and are incredibly humbled to play a small role during the Holiday Season.

After Yelpers dropped off their donations and scanned their party passes, it was time for food, drinks, and fun! Hyatt Regency’s new restaurant, Shor Seafood Grill & Tavern pulled out all the stops with hors d’oeuvres, cocktails, entrees, desserts, and so much more. Fan favorites were the Tuna Crudo, Rum & Steak, Sustainable Salmon, Bourbon Reviver and the interactive dessert station where Chef Jon presented Key Lime shooters to attendees.

The dispersing of this year’s Yelpies was a wild ride — full of laughs and tears of joy. We are unbelievably honored to award our top contributing Elite Yelpers year after year. This year’s winners were:

  1. Funniest of the Year: Jay P.
  2. Complimenter of the Year: John R.
  3. Couple of the Year: Larry W. & Tesha P.
  4. Rookie of the Year: Markos K.
  5. True Yelper: Ariel N.
  6. Friendliest of the Year: Rebecca N.
  7. Writer of the Year: Michelle D.
  8. Newbie Impact Award: Chris O.
  9. Photographer of the Year: Mari J.
  10. Veteran Impact Award: Vanessa T.
  11. Yelptime Achievement Award: Maisha R.
  12. Reviewer of the Year: Ariel N.

All in all, it was an evening none of us will soon forget. We even commemorated the night with Yelp Elite 2018 ornaments for guests to decorate their trees with, courtesy of Cut & Paste Decals. Read all reviews of the event and check out the spectacular photos, courtesy of Verance Photography.

Yelp Jacksonville would like to personally thank Nyree Armoreda, the Hyatt Regency, and everyone who contributed to the planning process in order to ensure our community with a 5-star experience.

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