For those of you who came out last night, (over 60 people) our Wilmington Twestival was an incredible display of how social media can impact people, and organizations for the good. Twestivals were held simultaneously last night (February 13, 2009) for Charity: Water, in an effort to raise awareness, and donations for cleaner water in under-developed lands. Twitter was the main “tool” of social media we used to organize this event in literally 10 days..amazing. Pictures of last night are at bottom of this post, if you have any to add to this, send them! Leave comments too.
How much did our Twestival Raise?
We just got our final donation called in this morning from Ana Dawson, with Pre-Paid Legal Services, she and her associates donated $220, and plan on giving a total of $500.00! So with that amount and 100% donations off ticket sales last night we will be able to donate $1,205.00!!!
Our goal was $4,000, but in all honesty, we met, and exceeded our goal. This amount will help fund clean drinking water for 1000’s of people, Wilmington, we should be proud! Remember this was a global event, I can’t wait to see the total numbers from the over 180 cities….Be sure to visit the Twestival site, and Charity: Water site for details soon.
- Social Gathering, Networking.
- Simultaneous broadcast from cities across the globe.
- Donations accepted to fund clean drinking water projects in Africa.
- Witness results of harnessing the power of Twitter, and social media.
- Free Beer, food, clean drinking water.
What else, any prizes? Of course. The first 50 people in the door get a free t-shirt! After that, a donation of $5.00 per shirt. There will also be raffles going on, here are some other prizes being given.
- One free Surf lesson.
- iPod Nano.
- Spectrum Jewelry & Crafts Jewelry.
- Tickets to the Sea Dawgs basketball.
- Who knows what else, just get your tickets!
Please, please come. Help us reach our goal of $4,000.00, the price to fund the building of one well in Africa…
Where do I get my tickets? Please go here. Looking forward to seeing you Thursday!
In the meantime, take a look at our local promotional video, as this will about bring you to tears, and explain why we are doing this.
In September 2008, a group of Twitterers based in London UK decided to organize an event where the local Twitter community could socialize offline; meet the faces behind the avatars, enjoy some entertainment, and tie this in with a food drive and fundraising effort for a local homeless charity. The bulk of the event was organized in under two weeks, via Twitter and utilized the talents and financial support of the local Twittersphere to make this happen.
Fast forward a year, and on February 12, 2009, 100+ cities around the world will be hosting Twestivals which bring together Twitter communities for an evening of fun and to raise money and awareness for charity: water.
This is a big deal. Today, Mashable announced a global media partnership with Twestival to help ensure this is another success, where 100% of the funds raised from the campaign will go directly to support charity:water, a non-profit organization that aims to bring clean, safe drinking water to people in developing nations. This evening, SMCKC met to discuss particulars and had enjoyable time. Thanks @joey96, @markvanbaale, and @smptoday. (We missed you Cindy!!!)
Find a list of all the cities around the globe hosting a 2009 event at http://twestival.com/