Vancouver's Twestival Event Happening Tonight

Thursday, February 12th, 2009 — 3:04pm PST
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In about 2 hours I’ll be heading out to the Opus Hotel to setup for Vancouver’s Twestival.

Twestival is a global event (in about 200 cities) that is taking place all day today to benefit charity:water. We sold out with 200 tickets ($10 a pop + sponsors meaning our city already raised almost $2,000) and I’m proud to take part in the largest charity event ever organized, arranged and communicated over Twitter.

I wouldn’t have been able to put this together without the help of the Opus, 6S Marketing, Molson, along with Strutta who is hosting our video contest, and Marketwire who disseminated our social media new release.

My mind is somewhat mush-like right now but I’ll have photos up later today. You can follow Vancouver’s event on Twitter using the topic #YVRTwestival, the livestream from Scribblelive, Twitterfall or read more on the official website.

The Twestival Menu

Watching the stream at Twestival

Strutta folks at Twestival

Update: John and I have arrived home and I have counted the funds raised by those on Twitter in the Vancouver area and here are the results:

  • Ticket Sales through Amiando: $1,880
  • Raffle Sales (and door sales) tonight: $1,056
  • Silent Auction: $1,075
  • Update: Drink Sales – Donated by Opus: $200
  • This means that Vancouver’s Twestival event raised has $4,211 and according to the charity:water website a well for a developing community is $4,000 — Vancouver was able to raise enough for an entire well of clean drinking water.

    Even though I organized tonight’s event that was attended by 200 people, I had help from some amazing people like Rachael, Lorraine and Raul who volunteered to work the door and raffle as well as Greg who setup the big screen and Tanya along with Jenn who stepped in throughout the evening.

    Our fabulous venue will also have a donation update for me at a later time so I’ll adjust the numbers then. Thank you so much to everyone that participated this evening — and now, I am off to sleep (and I’m not setting the alarm).

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    1. Dean says:

      Nice. I’m excited to be there and see all our twitter friends from Vancouver..!

    2. Aidan says:

      It was a great evening! It was great meeting everyone!

    3. David Morton says:

      Congratulations for doing such a great job, Rebecca.

    4. I was a great night Rebecca, you (and everyone) did an awesome job! I loved looking at the pics, it was nice to finally put so many faces to names.


    5. Chris Walts says:

      Great work, I had a tons of fun AND it was for a good cause 🙂

    6. samiam500 says:

      The event was nicely done from start to finish:-).

    7. You are awesome, Rebecca and everyone who helped make @yvrtwestival happen. It was great to get together with Vancouver tweeps and raise money for a good cause. We should try and do a Twitter-up monthly or bi-monthly. Nice to connect with everyone f2f.

      I hope you can put up your feet this weekend and relax. You deserve it!

    8. […] actually a good thing as the more people that attended, the more we raised for charity : water. Miss604 reported that about $4000 was raised, which is enough to purchase a well of clean, safe drinking water in a […]

    9. Great job on the organizing! I had a fabulous time, and I’m so happy to hear about the complete success the evening was.

    10. Raul says:

      Thanks for all your hard work, Rebecca! Have a nice weekend.

    11. Ferg Devins says:

      Rebecca…weekend over and on to the next week but upon reflection I just wanted to congratulate you and the team of volunteers that made twestivalYVR such a great success. It was great to spend the night with you all in Vancouver…Congrats…@MolsonFerg

    12. […] and attended all thanks to people and companies on Twitter. With a ton of help, I put together Vancouver’s event and thanks to the 200+ people who showed up at the Opus Hotel that evening, our city was really […]

    13. […] Twestival, organized by Miss 604, was a hit with 200 tickets sold and $4,221 raised, enough to drill a water well in […]

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