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A Weekend of Giving and Winning

Saturday’s rainy weather couldn’t do anything to dampen quite a solid weekend from beginning to end. OK, maybe not the VERY beginning, but definitely to the end.

My weekend began Thursday night with a tough Phillies loss in Game 2 of the World Series against the Tampa Bay Rays, which tied the best-of-seven series at 1 game apiece. But after a productive Friday getting a few things checked off my to-do list, things changed for the better.

I spent Friday night at a great charity event to benefit Cystic Fibrosis research. The disease, which is genetic, and currently uncurable, affects the lungs and digestive system. Just a decade or two ago, those with CF didn’t usually make it past their teens. Now, thanks to research, and events like the one Friday night, CF patients — including one of my best friends — can live long and active lives.

Friday’s event was unlike many expensive, high-class charity galas that I could never afford. This time, my ticket enabled me to enjoy an open bar, food, and numerous Nintendo Wii games, including Mario Kart (my favorite by far). There were incredible door prizes, including Phillies tickets, Flyers tickets, Wii systems, autographed sports memorabilia, and a Blackberry. Despite buying plenty of raffle tickets (it is a good cause, after all), I walked away empty handed (except for a nifty T-shirt). It was a great night, and hopefully plenty of money was raised for a cause that is very important to me.

Saturday night was even later than planned, after the rain forced Game 3 of the World Series to start well after 10 p.m., instead of 8:15. By the time it was over (well after 1 a.m.), the Phillies had pulled off a dramatic, 5-4 win in the bottom of the ninth inning to take a 2-1 lead. That lead became 3-1 on Sunday night when the Phillies pounded Tampa Bay, 10-2. I made the trek to South Philly to tailgate with some friends, then watched the game at a Center City bar, before returning home early this morning for a few hours sleep.

And with one more win tonight, the Phillies can become the first Philadelphia team to win a championship in my lifetime (at least the parts I was old enough to remember). So as sluggish as I am this morning, I could be even worse tomorrow. Time to break out the Red Bull.

The Phillies have taken over this city, and one thing I have noticed is the impact that social networking sites and blogs have had on how fans like me get their fix. I still read the newspaper coverage (although I do it online), but I make sure to check out the long line of blogs every night, and explore Facebook and a few other sites for anything newsworthy. I’ve seen people trading and selling tickets, organizing huge events, or just exchanging their thoughts instantly during and after each game. Many sites actually “live-blog” the games, which creates an entertaining discussion to join while watching the game at home.

At Dynamic Digital Advertising, we can make social networking and blogs work for nearly any business or organization. We have been using Web 2.0 and social networking technology for years, and always make it a point to stay on the hottest trends on the Internet. So whether it’s a dedicated blog system (like this one!), social media optimization,  and other social media and Web 2.0 marketing tools, DDA is your one-stop shop to stay on the cutting edge. Stay tuned for even more details about DDA putting Web 2.0 to work for you.

GO PHILLIES!

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Entry by: Steve

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