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October 27, 2010

Yelp Helps, Kansas City!

Posted by Joi

What happens in Kansas City when you holler for help?! You get the attention of many dedicated locals all coming together to support a good cause, that's what!

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Tuesday evening, the Kansas City Yelp Community gathered at Crosstown Station for a most worthy cause: volunteerism and good will. Thirteen of the city's most passionate local non-profits set up displays that highlighted the cause behind the group and engaged many a enthusiastic response from attendees.

Upon entering the event space, everyone was deliciously greeted by a giant cupcake display spelling out the magic letters Y-E-L-P, thanks to Smallcakes. Venturing past that delish detour, they admired the breath taking floral arrangement donated by Village Gardens.

 
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Taking a break from all the talking and signing up for the groups that seemed the perfect fit, yelpers helped themselves to mini cupcakes brought in by mobile cupcakery, 3 Girls Cupcakes, along with 4 varieties of the most scrumptious Sweet Chip Cookies this world has ever seen! Although a sweet affair, there was still plenty of things to savor, including meatball sliders from Otto's at Czar Bar and mounds of lima bean hummus from Succotash.

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They refreshed themselves with complimentary cocktails, provided by Rain Organics Vodka and Buffalo Trace Bourbon as well as two varieties of Boulevard Beer and Crispin Apple and Fox Barrel Pear ciders. Vitamin Water provided a tasty non-alcholic option (although we did hear that it also mixed quite well with vodka!)

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DJ Keith provided the perfect soundtrack to the evening, while everyone chatted up the non-profits. It was clear that Kansas City has a bunch of do-gooders out there! Anyone who spoke to at least half of the non-profits present were able to get a raffle ticket to win prizes donated by Smashburger, Nica's Cafe, Retro Vixen and the floral arrangement from Village Gardens.

To round off the evening, guests stopped in to pose in the Shutterbooth to show their goofy side to compliment their goodie side. See photos here!

Thank you to all participating non profits for having such dynamic displays of their organizations:

Whoop Dee Doo, Midwest Music Foundation, KC Down Syndrome Guild, Engineers without Borders, Phoenix Family, Motuv, HALO, KC Fringe Festival, Kansas City FilmFest, IFCKC (Independent Film Coalition), Shawnee Community Services, Habitat Restore, MOCSA

Who wouldn't want to volunteer for any of these groups, right?

Thank you to all attendees, for your enthusiastic response! As Tiger W put it so well, "It was a real eye opener to see the needs of this city and how a lot of people have already stepped up.  Each one of these organizations have a heart and desire to make a difference to better the lives of many."

Thank you to Crosstown Station and its helpful as heck staff! Not to mention Chicago's own Johnny T, Community Manager extraordinaire.

Check out more photos on flickr (photos are by Chloe Mann), read the reviews (and write one of your own if you were there!).

Until our next bash, SYOY!

Joiamandarotate

Joi B

Yelp KC Community Manager

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