If you were looking for that perfect opporutnity to get your warm and fuzzies on, the O'Reilly Theater was the place to be last Monday! The first ever Yelp Helps Pittsburgh was hosted with the wonderful Pittsburgh Public Theater, in conjunction with their run of Good People. What a perfect way to kick off the holiday season of helping!
Over 100 guests were able to check out 20 awesome area Non-Profits and gather the goods on how to do good in the city. Stacy C "met some interesting people, learned about non-profits I had never heard of before and even found potential opportunities to give back to my community. I like the idea of being able to cook for guests at Family House or becoming a tutor for the Literacy Council. I even found out about a Beatles info session at WYEP that I will happily attend." Rock on!
While yelpers scooped up the deets at different NPO booths, they were able to stop by the Elbow Room and 1947 Tavern for delicious mac n' cheese and pulled pork sliders or step outside for the Franktuary food truck servin' up some pipin' hot poutine. Jennifer G slurped up "a heavenly" S'mores shake from Burgatory but, the sweets didn't stop there! Om Nom Bake Studio supplied The Brick, a delicious blend of chocolate and peanut butter whipped into a bar, plus green tea and peppermint cookies. If guests wanted to wet their whistle, they need look no further than Wigle Whiskey, who was sampling up their new Ginever, whiskey based Gin. Or hop on over to the hops table with Great Lakes Brewing Company to sample one of three brews; the Edmund Fitzgerald, the Burning River and the Eliot Ness. And, no Yelp event is complete without an array of some fruity Fuze to please any person's palate.
The evening ended in a Town Hall Series panel discussion hosted by PPT. Lead by KDKA-TV's Lynne Hayes-Freeland, guests were able to hear from some of the Burgh's most involved do-gooders, including Heather Starr Fiedler, creator of Play It Forward, Pittsburgh; Kristen Holloway, founder of Operation: Troop Appreciation; Thomas Hughes, volunteer board member from Assemble; and Mac Howison, Program Officer for Catalytic Funding from The Sprout Fund, who were able to share the wealth of knowledge they've learned from their valiant volunteering efforts. Will this become an annual affair? The reviews point towards YES!
Thanks to the participating Non-profits: Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, National Ovarian Cancer Coalition, East End Cooperative Ministry,WYEP & WESA, Dress for Success, Mattress Factory, Attack Theatre, Animal Rescue League, Strong Women, Strong Girls, Family House, American Liver Foundation, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Toonseum, Gay 4 Good, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, Senator John Heinz History Center, Gilda's Club, Greater PIttsburgh Literacy Council, and Big Brothers, Big Sisters.
Also, a big thank you to the Pittsburgh Public Theater, Producing Artistic Director Ted Pappas, Director of External Affairs Louis Castelli, Assistant Director of External Affairs Elliott Mower and the amazing staff for treating Yelpers to such an amazing evening! Also, thanks to Ray Miles Creative for the printing and fab photo's that you can check out here and Nathan Shaulis of Porter Loves Photography for the Toonseum sponsored photobooth pics. If you want to catch more of the event buzz, hop over to the event listing to read all about the excitement from your fellow yelpers.
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