Yelpers with a heart for giving back gathered at Pueblo Grande Museum and Archaeological Park on October 20th for a night of philanthropy, food, drinks and fun! Coming to Phoenix for the second year in a row, Yelp Helps is a party centered around philanthropy and lets Valley non-profits educate the local community on their missions and ways that yelpers can give back through volunteerism. And with over 29 non-profits present at Yelp Helps 2011, there was definitely plenty of giving in the air!
During the warm October evening, yelpers mixed and mingled with the 29 present non-profits. While a flutist and guitarist from Canyon Records filled the air with Native American classics, guests learned about volunteerism opportunities against the backdrop of an ancient archaeological dig of a 1,500 year old Hohokam tribe. Throughout the evening, a slide show highlighting pictures from the non-profits played in the background while yelpers played Yelp Helps bingo and chatted with Alliance of Arizona Non-Profits, Arizona Consortium for the Arts, ASU Lodestar Center, Arizona Theater Company, AZ Centennial, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona, CASS, Crohn's and Colitis Foundation Southwest Chapter, Ear Candy, Future for Kids, Goodwill AZ, John C Lincoln, Keep Phoenix Beautiful, Labor's Community Service Agency, Local First, Lost Our Home Pet Association, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Mended Little Hearts of Phoenix, Muscular Dystrophy, Musical Instrument Museum, National Kidney Foundation of Arizona, Phoenix Art Museum, Pueblo Grande Museum and Archaeoligcal Park, Ronald McDonald House, Salvation Army, Save the Family, St Mary's Food Bank and the Tovrea Carraro Society.
Ronald McDonald made an appearance and wowed the crowd with his charm and enthusiasm all while an artist from Arizona Consortium for the Arts did a live painting adapted from the evening's festivities. Arizona is currently celebrating 100 years of being fabulous so in honor of the cactus state's birthday, guests got the special opportunity to take a photo with the AZ Centennial's Copper Chopper (that's a motorcycle made from Arizona copper mines). And as if that wasn't enough, the museum offered VIP behind the scene tours of the dig and a Pipaash singing group surprised the crowd with an authentic Native American performance.
Yelp events aren't complete without food and drinks and luckily Yelp Helps had plenty of both! Hungry from all the chatting, yelpers enjoyed bruschetta from Brio Tuscan Grille, sushi from Jimmy Woo's, sandwiches, salad and ice cream from Wildflower Bread Company, chicken and portabella mushroom tacos from Rubios and cupcakes from TopIt Cupcakes.
All the food and conversation with non-profits made yelpers thirsty, so they quenched their thirst with vitaminwater, smartwater, Arroyo vodka, Cruz tequila, beers from SanTan Brewing Company and got an energy boost from Rockstar!
Yelpers left with new non-profit friends and an awareness for all the good the NPOs are doing in the Valley. Non-profits left with lists full of new volunteers and everyone left with a heart full from an evening with a great cause. Take a look at the pictures and reviews from the evening!
Until next time!
Yelp Phoenix Community Manager