What do Cocin, India, Providence, Rhode Island, Bilbao, Spain, Galway, Ireland and Des Moines, Iowa have in common? The power of social media, that’s what. Each of these cities are using their social media prowess to create a positive impact on their respective communities through an event called Twestival.
Twestival (Twitter + festival = Twestival) is an international social media driven fundraising campaign created to raise money and awareness for local area non-profit organizations. Dozens of cities throughout the world are coming together today (March 24) to hold their own Twestival celebrations. Since 2009, Twestival event’s have raised close to $1.2 million dollars for over 100 different causes.
And wouldn’t you know – Des Moines is on top of things. For the past three years Des Moines has taken part in Twestival and momentum is only growing for this year’s event, which will take place tonight, March, 24, at Mars Cafe from 5:00 – 9:00 p.m.
“I think it’s important to continue Twestival in Des Moines because Des Moines is one of the few cities that has been involved with Twestival since it originated,” said Jason Wells, the public relations manager for Twestival in Des Moines. “It helps show the strong social media community in Des Moines.”
Des Moines’ Twestival celebration will raise money support the Evelyn Davis Early Learning Academy, a local non-profit organization whose mission is to “create lifelong learners by supporting the social, academic, physical and emotional development of children.”
Whether you like social media, talented bands (Bella Soul, Dead Yellow Canaries, and Seedlings) flavorsome coffee or supporting a local non-profit organization, I’d recommend stopping by Twestival at Mars Cafe this evening.