The event raised over $8000, all of which will go towards supporting Beauty Night’s life makeover programs. Beauty Night, a non-profit that we’ve featured in this blog before, provides programs for marginalized women and youth in the downtown eastside. Recently, the organization celebrated its 10th year anniversary.
As a first time attendee, I was really impressed by this event. We were treated to a stunning view, superb food & drinks, and a super fun photobooth. Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson also addressed the crowd and praised the organizers for a great event.
Beauty Night founder Caroline MacGillivray also gave a short speech to thank attendees and to talk about the organization’s mission. SFU was well-represented at the event. Christina Buiza and Grace Yang of AIESEC SFU and Communication students Richard Loat, Maggie Chan, and Jacky Chui were some familiar faces I saw. SFU Information Officer Dixon Tam was also there, as was Trina Isakson, former SFU Volunteer Services Coordinator and panelist at the upcoming Working for the Non-Profit Sector panel.
The success of Twestival Vancouver is a great testament to the vibrant social community here in the city. On the same night, other twestivals around the world raised funds for local organizations; here in Canada, social media enthusiasts opened their wallets and raised over $64,000, the most for any country in the world this year.