What an honor it was to have been involved with this great project. I am amazed by the wonderful generosity of Long Islanders when given the opportunity to help out their neighbors, and on behalf of the amazing LITweeup Helps crew, I thank you all.
Those who helped
Thank you to each person who took time to come to the events and donate their food and money to feed people who needed their help thru Island Harvest.
Those of you who are on twitter, we've featured you on a list and will be encouraging folks to #FollowFriday you :)
We've also created a list of the organizers for LITweetup including all the dedicated people who worked their behinds off to make this happen (Becky Kopprasch, Mitch Hagler, Jean Prytyskacz, Steve Haweeli and me) and the awesome folks who inspired and encouraged (Dani, Ed and Ray).
Special thanks to the good folks at Doherty Inc, owners of the Panera Bread locations and awesome partners in this event!
Still Want to Help?
Please donate online using the ChipIn widget in the sidebar. I'll be mailing out Panera Bread coupons to anyone who donates and emails me at firstname.lastname@example.org until our supply runs out.
The Hampton Bays LI Tweetup on Saturday, November 14 was a success in many ways. For one thing, we all got a chance to put the face to the avatar: the indefatigable @MissBeckala, the effervescent @TheShoeDawg (with son @AaronHagler and wife Becky), young upstart @ChrisPisacano of @WordHamptonPR and yours truly @SteveHaweeli manned the @PaneraBread table on behalf of @IslandHarvest. Rain be damned: we ended up with close to 50 lbs of donated non-perishable food thanks to a hefty bag of canned goods donated by Alex Gordon (who learned about it on Facebook) and support from Yvette Somekh ($25) and Gene Colleary of East Hampton and their pal, Priscilla. An intrepid reporter from the Southampton Press Group interviewed us, took some pics and even brought a food donation. Besides the inclement weather, we also had stiff competition from another food drive at the nearby Stop N Shop. It's all good: Long Islanders in need were the real winners today!
@MissBeckala and @TheShoeDawg guard the goods at the Hampton Bays Panera
So tonite we saw Champions made again (so sorry Philly).
This is one of those great New York moments, one when we can bask in the glory of our home team and feel good.
The Yankees were able to do that for thousands of people, would you please do it for one of your neighbors? On November 13th, 14th and 15th you get a chance to be a champion in the life of someone you might never meet, and all you need to do is pick a tweetup location, bring a donation for Island Harvest and come hang out. It will be fun - like always, we will laugh and make fun of each other for tweeting too much - like always, but it will be better than any tweetup before it. Other people will benefit from our fun.
See you there and thanks:
Friday 11/13: Panera Bread, Rockville Centre at 6:30-9:30pm
Saturday, 11/14: Panera Bread, Hampton Bays at 1-4pm
Sunday, 11/15: Panera Bread, Hauppauge at 1-4pm