Events ~ Tweet 'n Greet With a Cause, December 9, 2010

...finally got the photos off my camera!

Tweet'n Greet With a Cause!
Cuban Revolution
60 Valley St.
Providence, Rhode Island

When Kathie and I decided we wanted to do quarterly Tweet 'n Greets, we agreed that the next one should be in December. Annemarie Woolley generously offered to have Cuban Revolution host us. It was a great success!

Kathie had the great idea to tie the Tweet-up to a good cause, and I immediately thought of the Rhode Island Food Bank. I'd wanted to do a social media-based food drive for them since the summer.

We decided to make the "entry fee" a donation to the Food Bank.

Inside of Cuban Revolution
Cuban Revolution during set-up
I'd never been to Cuban before, so I didn't know what to expect. What I found was a nice, clean place with friendly staff. There's a great mix of music, with a stage for live music on the weekends, and ball games/CNN at the bar. The manager, Rage, was so welcoming and cooperative.

Rage and his staff created a big spread for the attendees, with fresh fruit, sausage, cheese and crackers, and wonderful chicken wings. Everyone was impressed with the food.

Cuban's spread for the event
Cuban's spread for the event
It wasn't long before people started arriving. A few of the attendees were @dadekian, @becky_distefano, @sjohnkreese, @ChrisSheehy and @DJTek. It was so great to meet people you've only seen online.

Annemarie had been working behind the scenes with some surprises for the attendees: For each item of food they provided, they received a raffle ticket for some really fun prizes: tickets to the dog show, gift certificates to Cuban Revolution, tickets to Blithewold and the Newport mansions. Big thanks to the Providence Phoenix and Cuban Revolution for providing all the swag!

It was a great success. Everyone had a good time, and we even had a group who wasn't part of the Tweet-up - but had heard about it online - bring food for the drive. I'm already looking forward to the next one.

All told, we collected about 100 pounds of food for the food pantry.
food doations to RI Food Bank
first full box of food donations

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