Vancouver Twestival Raises Over $8K for Beauty Night Society

Last Thursday, March 24,  social media enthusiasts in Vancouver headed to the Vancouver Lookout to socialize and to support a good cause. Twestival is a fundraising event that brings together Twitter users to support a local cause.Now on its fourth year, Vancouver Twestival selected Beauty Night Society as the recipient of this year’s proceeds.

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.

If you didn’t make it to the event, I encourage you to check out the Twestival website or to visit the Beauty Night Website to see how you can donate or volunteer.

By Kelvin Claveria
Image Credit: Jeremy Lim