Tweetsgiving is tonight! November 24th at Gordon Biersch in Virginia Beach. The planning and execution have been a marvel of modern social media, and elbow grease.

When Sonya Schweitzer the “Boss Chick” at Wave Marketing (@socialsonya) came to me and told me that she wanted to plan a TweetsGiving event in Virginia Beach to benefit a great charity, Epic Change. I said, “Count me in!” We also teamed up with local event planner, Karen Clements who does amazing works with the Food Bank and is no stranger to charity work.

With less than 20 days to plan the event, It’s been a whirlwind of activity getting the word out. Other great individuals and organizations jumped right in to help. Gordon Biersch donated the location and food for the event. Astro Entertainment said they’d provide us with whatever we needed for AV coverage. Shannon Rubsamen, local photographer, will be documenting our event. Great local individuals have jumped in to provide door prizes.

Town Center Fitness will be giving away a 1 month free membership and a 6 months free membership to their amazing fitness center centrally located in Town Center. Just Cupcakes is donating a 6 pack of cupcakes, Flying High Tutoring is donating a tutoring session,Wave Marketing is donating a free consultation session. Lynn Harrisberger is donating something unique and fun! Orphan Helpers is donating a coffee basket, and we’ll have twitter T-shirts from Best Impressions. Katie Jenkins, a local massage therapist is donating massage gift certificates as well as a homemade cake! The door prizes keep flowing in! Everyone wants to be involved in this event of gratitude and giving.

Chesapeake Homes, the largest local builder in the Tidewater Area, and my employer, has donated a large sum and earned the status of “Top Turkey.” But there is also another “Top Turkey” who is near and dear to my life, my Dad. My father turns 71 on Thanksgiving and he’s always joked about being a turkey due to the auspicious date of his birth.

When I was a kid, we were in a father daughter group called Indian Princesses, the girl version of Indian Guides. As part of the group we had to choose an Indian name. Mine was White Feather (Back then I was shy) and his was Turkey Feather. He fits his name perfectly with his corny jokes, his jovial personality and his fun loving attitude. He’s not a turkey in the sense that he is a very successful business man who has built companies upon respect, good business sense, and hard work. He’s consulted with countless CEO’s to help them grow and improve their business, and he volunteers his time to mentor individuals and companies as well.

My Dad has always been my mentor, and someone I truly respect. I’m grateful for my Dad, and I am very grateful that I was able to make a donation to TweetsGiving in his name to make him a “Top Turkey” for his birthday.

Join me tonight to celebrate an Attitude of Gratitude at TweetsGiving at Gordon Biersch at 6pm!

Get your tickets Right Here! You can spend as little as $10 a ticket and 100% goes to Epic Change, a charity doing great works in Africa! If you can’t be there but you’d like to donate go right ahead! The more we can help schools in Africa the better.

If you’d like to participate in the global Tweetsgiving event tweet out what you are grateful for with hashtag #tweetsgiving and follow the social media stream.