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SoCal Yelp Elites celebrate the Yelpies at BMW Buena Park



Yelp Community Managers from left to right: Evan K (Long Beach), Hannah N (San Diego), Hayley H (OC), Thuy Dan T (SGV), Sarah R (LA West), Brad B (Associate Regional Lead), and Margaret P (LA East) – not pictured: Mylesha D (IE + Coachella Valley), Maddy M (SFV)

It was a magical evening celebrating the 2022 Yelp Elite Squad underneath the Southern California night sky, filled with laughs, smiles, and holiday spirit at the BMW in Buena Park! The Yelpies is a yearly celebration to our Yelp Elites for supporting local businesses.

In the spirit of giving, this event also fundraised over $4,200 for Barks of Love, a 501c3, whose mission is to ‘decrease the total number of animals being euthanized each year, provide a safe and caring home for animals that are being neglected, abused and/or abandoned, and offer community education and awareness.’

What an event! The food, the snow, the silhouette drawing, the games + prizes – well done, Yelp!

YELP ELITE CHRYSTINA B

To celebrate the end of a wonderful year of Yelping, the local Yelp Community Managers came together to throw a 650+ person event filled with over 50+ vendors and entertainment! From a magic show to photo-ops, holiday carolers, and a Yelpies ice sculpture, there were tons to see, eat, and drink at this five-star event.

It was such a nice way to gather with the YES Community and do what we like to do best: eat, drink and document it. There was a good variety of vendors and I like that I get to try different places that I may not know about. These events are such a great way to showcase different restaurants and vendors.

YELP ELITE MICHI L

And of course, what’s a Yelpies celebration without highlighting the best of the best of each Yelp Elite Squad! There were a total of six categories for winners in Los Angeles, Long Beach, Orange County, San Fernando Valley, San Gabriel Valley and the Inland Empire – bringing together Yelp Elites from seven different squads.

  • Keeping Yelp Useful
  • Complimenter of the Year
  • Photographer of the Year
  • Reviewer of the Year
  • Rookie of the Year
  • Best All Around Elite

In addition, many Yelp Elites were inaugurated into the 2022 Top Reviewers Club, snagging a special edition Yelpies whiskey mug and certificate for writing 100+ reviews in 2022!

A special thank you to the 50+ vendors that came to participate (in alphabetical order). From hot cocoa to soju and curry to doughnuts, there was a spread to bring joy to all.

Participating businesses:

Beach City Deli & Bbq | Bevel Coffee | Bobaful Drinks | California Fish Grill | California Grill | Champion’s Curry | Crab Bite | Curly Bartender LLC | Descanso Mexican Restaurant | Dream Pops | https://www.drunkfruit.com/ I Dulce Vida Tequila | Egg N Bird | Empress 1908 Gin | Great Maple | Honey Pot Meadery | ICED ABOVE | King Richard’s Antiques Center | L8 Life | LA Paris Creperie Catering | Locally Coffee | Maddie’s Cafe and Grill | Makku | Mamas Comfort Food & Cocktails | Metrolink | Milkis | Old Hillside Bourbon Company | Palm Bay International | PLANT Botanical | Red Bull | Shootz | Small Batch Doughnuts | Sol Flower | Soonhari | Study Break Hard Seltzer | Tequila Cabal | Ubatuba Açaí | Winter Fest | Yogurtland | Yoju

Donated Products: 

Blue Ice Vodka | Body Armor | LUNAR Hard Seltzer | Tito’s Vodka | Topo Chico

Entertainment:

Beer and Magic | Kira Alvarez Productions | Magic Momentz | PBG Entertainment | Silhouettes by Nancie | Sylhouettes by Sylvia

Decorations:

Circle Maker Studio | Long Beach Ice | Super Fun Phil Factory

A special shoutout to Metrolink for helping to provide complimentary transportation to the Yelpies by train and to The Source of Buena Park for providing additional parking for our special guests. Lastly, thank you to our photographers of the evening, Clinton Lu Photography and Erik C, and our cinematographer, VANREY Cinema for capturing the special moments throughout the special evening. 




This blog was co-written by SGV Sr. Community Manager, Thuy Dan Tran.

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