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ConnectOC – Round 2

ConnectOC brings professionals, companies, government agencies, networking groups and non-profits, from around Orange County, together for social networking mixers. This group is very active in social media and for the most part, everybody originally met online.

Tonight’s event, ConnectOC 2.0: Children and Community, was graciously hosted by Hilton Costa Mesa. The event was free to attend, parking was $5 and all proceeds raised went to benefit two charities, Build Futures and the Orange County Chapter of Child Help. Additional money was also raised through a raffle and silent auction. Rumor has it, over 400 people attended and over $4,000 was raised tonight!

I have met a lot of amazing people through social media and have made some great friends that I probably would never have come in contact with before my tweeting days. In this tough economic time, social networking is more important than ever. It is always great to connect in person and walk up to @TwitterName and shake their hand. ConnectOC really does a great job of bringing people together.

Shout out to some incredible tweeps I hung out with tonight: @OceanInstitute @MarkGundlach @DippinDotWoman, @TravelCostaMesa, @DanaSipper, @RicDizon, @kphamsmiles @theglamlife @jjerryreed, @FutureLeadersOC, @inksaint…and many more!

BIG BIG Thank you to @HiltonCostaMesa and @ConnectOC for putting on yet another awesome event! It was so good, I did not even have time to tweet… that is impressive!

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