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Tucson Celebrates Their First Ever Yelp Helps-Party With A Purpose!



Yelpers with a heart for giving back gathered at the YWCA-Tucson on November 7th for the first ever Yelp HelpsParty With A Purpose– a celebration centered around philanthropy and nonprofit match-making! The party brought together 25 varied local nonprofits to connect with the community and spread knowledge about their missions and ways that yelpers can give back through volunteerism. What a perfect way to kick off the holiday season of helping!

Hundreds of yelpers enjoyed a full evening of networking, connecting and goodwill while mixing and mingling with some of the Old Pueblo's finest nonprofit organizations: Tucson Young Professionals, Local First ArizonaSanta Cruz Valley Heritage AllianceGangplank Tucson, StartUp TucsonMarch of DimesThe Shyann Kindness ProjectVolunteer Center at United Way of Tucson and Southern ArizonaIskashitaa Refugee NetworkNo Kill Pima CountyChicanos Por La CausaChildren's Museum TucsonInterfaith CommunityServicesHumane Society of Southern Arizona, First Book–TucsonGabriel's AngelsSARSEF/SciEnTeK-12 FoundationCandlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation of Southern ArizonaGospel Rescue Mission, Refugee FocusBig Brothers Big Sisters of Tucson, TIHANKXCI Community RadioThe Happy Organization, US Bartenders Guild-Tucson.

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Participating organizations brought their A-game and competed for the "Yelpers Choice Award." In lieu of paper ballots, attendees each received two voting hearts that they could drop into a jar stationed at each presenting organziation. At the end of the night the NPO that earned the most hearts (votes)earned the title of 2013 Yelper's Choice NonProfit Organization. Yelpers generously donated cash at the door and we raised over $1,200. 100% of the funds were split between our NPO sponsor venue–YWCATucson and our Yelpers Choice Award winner. Congratulations to The Happy Organization, our winner of the first ever Yelp Helps-People's Choice Award! The Happy Organization inspires Healthy, Active, Positive, Purposeful Youth! Runners up were No Kill Pima County, Humane Society of Southern Arizona and Gabriel's Angels, each went home with a gift card courtesty of El Charro and Sir Veza's Taco GarageYelpHelps3

In true Yelp fashion an array of notable nibbles and sips kept yelpers engergized all night long. Complimentary bites were provided by Renee's Organic Oven, Noble Hops, Vero Amore, Gringo Grill and Cantina, Tucson Tamale Company, Panera Bread Co, NPO participant The Happy Organization and KIND Snack. Yelpers quenched their thirst thanks to our generous drink partners: Golden Eagle Distributors, Four Peaks Brewing, 3 Amigos TequilaDeep Eddy VodkaMaya Tea Company and NPO participant USBG Tucson

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As if that wasn't enough, local musician Leila Lopez graced us with her lovely tunes. And while yelpers weren't engaging with NPOs and indulging in the delicous food and drink, they got their sparkle on with the Shimmer Pros, let their creative juices flow with Creative Juice Art Bar– wine glass painting station and hopped inside the Ohhh Photo Booth for some fun filled pics! UBER–Tucson, schooled yelpers on all things transportation. Yeeps went home with Uber swag from sunglasses to t-shirts and YelpTucson discount cards for a free Uber ride!Yelphelpsent

An enormous thank you to the YWCA Tucson for sharing their beautiful space for this event and their amazing volunteers for their hardwork. And many, many thanks to our dear friends and event partners: Andy Depew of Satyr Entertainment for providing lighting/sound & and co-emceeing, the wondrous folks (Veronica Saiz…ahem!) from Arizona Party Rental for supporting our events and helping us make magic, Big Frog Custom T-Shirts for donating snazzy Yelp Helps tees for our volunteers and Tucson Night Out for snapping additional pics for us! This event wouldn't be possible with out such incredible community partners and amazing nonprofit organizations. You all stole our hearts!

As yelper Saba B points out: "This event really DID make me feel good. The nonprofits were eager to share their endeavors which ranged from animal rescue to culinary schools for the disadvantaged. So many hearts of gold were in attendance that my own heart swelled with pride for Tucson and the yelp elites." 

Peep the pics of the event on Flickr, Read the 5-Star reviews and if you were there share 'em here.

Until next time!

Bella J

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Yelp Tucson Community Manager pictured with Haile Thomas, of the Happy Organization.

 

 

 

 

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