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The March 24, 2011 Twestival Seattle—Tweet, meet, give—was a super event, bringing together Social Media Club Seattle and the international Twestival 2011 for FareStart—all at Ray’s Boathouse in Seattle.

“Twestival is a single day, global movement which uses the power of social media to organize offline events that mobilize communities in support of local causes. Since 2009 over 200 cities have participated by hosting offline events raising close to $1.2 million for 137 causes; most notably education and clean water.” from Twestival.com

Twestival’s synergy combines forces, and captures $$ for non-profits along the way….everyone was going to attend regardless to socialize and network, so contributing to good in the process keeps the ‘social’ in social media.

Funds were raised for FareStart, but also attending and spreading good news were Zebigo and See Your Impact—both standing to change the way we live, do a little good and lighten our carbon footprint on this crowded planet. (Zebigo and Microsoft Alumni were official event sponsors.)

Zebigo is a rideshare-ridematch service for Silicon Valley and Seattle, with extensive security checks and custom options. If you have ever wondered why so many cars have one passenger and how to change this, check out Zebigo, and yes, there will  be an ap for that soon.

See Your Impact is another great example of how individuals can do more with money they spend anyway—how about translating obligatory gifts into an act of compassion? Even small dollar amounts can make a big difference if directed properly. See Your Impact is unique in that it uses technology to deliver photos of your donation’s impact, ‘meeting the life you change.’

Earlier this year FareStart, which trains people for careers in food service, was the recipient of the 2011 James Beard Foundation Humanitarian of the Year Award. This significant award is given in recognition of an individual or organization whose distinguished work in the realm of food improves the lives of others and benefits society at large.

A fun night, great food, and a bit of good.

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