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Yelp Helps Detroit At Café Cortina!



On June 15th 2011 sixteen Detroit area non-profits were on hand to educate a packed house at delicious Italian eatery Café Cortina about the work they do and how we can help. From children’s focused non-profits to animal shelters to cultural institutions and food banks, there was something represented for everyone at Detroit’s first ever Yelp Helps!

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As guests strolled through the restaurant they were treated to pours of fabulous white and red wines and tastings of Goose Island’s vintage ales like the Sofie and Fleur. The unbelievably awesome wait staff at Cortina also walked around serving delicious eats like lamb chops, flatbreads topped with prosciutto and mozzarella or roasted peppers, and tasty marinated shrimp. For dessert? Miniature cannolis satisfied the sweet tooth! Also set up were two pasta stations serving up plates of Cortina’s signature sauces for hungrier appetites.

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The rain fell, moving everything from the gorgeous patio indoors but that didn’t stop the fun as Ann Arbor’s deep funk and soul outfit Third Coast Kings brought down the house from right inside the doors.

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As guests entered they were given Yelp totes and bingo cards illustrating all 16 non-profits on hand. After a check-in at 10 out of 16 non profits, guests were then eligible to win in a drawing featuring prizes compliments of our wonderful sponsorsArab American National Museum, Brufest, City Bird, The Crofoot, The Cupcake Station, Detroit International Jazz Festival, Orbit Hair Design & Massage, The Pampered Chef Independent Consultant Michelle Small, The Redford Theatre, Sweet Lorraine's, Tara Michener, Taste Love Cupcakes, Vault of Midnight, and Zingerman's! WHEW!

Special thanks go out to our additional sponsors: Carmela Specialty Foods & Fine Wines, Fairway Packing Company, United Fish Distributors, Gerych's, and Cauley Ferrari.

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After 2 hours of fun, food, and philanthropy guests were treated to CDs and posters from the Detroit International Jazz Festival on their way out. It was a truly lovely parting gift on such a lovely evening!

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Buzz leading up to the event was considerable, including pieces from the Detroit Regional News Hub and Positive Detroit along with coverage of the event by Real Detroit Weekly.

If you’d like to see more from this fabulous evening be sure to check out the photos here and read the wonderful reviews rolling in here (including Dave S’ pronouncement that this was “best event I've been to, hands down”).

Again–a world of thanks to Adrian Tonon and the wonderful staff at Café Cortina, our amazing sponsors, Doug Coombe for the photography, Joi B (Kansas City CM) for coming in and manning check-in and being all around helper extraordinaire, Heidi M and Becky H for their added assistance and awesomeness, the Third Coast Kings for amazing tunes, Goose Island for the tasty libations, our enthusiastic guests, and most importantly—the incredible non-profits that are working so very hard to make Metro-Detroit a better place. You are truly an inspiration! Please take a look below for a list of all these great organizations and links to their sites. There’s still a chance to get involved!

Until next time, SYOY!

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Annette J

Community Manager Detroit

 

Participating Non Profits:

826 Michigan
ACCESS/Arab American National Museum
Alternatives for Girls
Boys Hope Girls Hope 
Capuchin Soup Kitchen
Community Records
Friends of the Dearborn Animal Shelter
Gleaners Community Food Bank
Kronk Gym Foundation
Orchards Children's Services
Real Church
Slow Food Detroit
The Adrian Tonon Project
The Peace Project
The Yuinon 
Vista Maria 

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