Friday September 13, 2013 | 10:32 AM
Posted by Rob Gould

Fifty Social Media Breakfasts! That deserved a toast. So we did just that last night at a special evening event! The event was also a fundraiser for a very important cause—stopping cyberbullying.

In keeping with Social Media Breakfast Maine (SMBME) programming, members of our community who are doing their part to educate and help prevent cyberbullying were invited to speak.

Co-hosts for this special event were Amanda O'Brien, founder of SMBME, and Jackie Ward, WCSH6. We heard a very compelling and informative presentation from Angela Giordano, Education Program Manager, Sexual Assault Response Services of Southern Maine (SARSSM). We also heard a real, and very brave, story of cyberbullying that happened in our own community. All proceeds from the event went to SARSSM, who are working in schools educating teens on how they can make a difference in the fight against cyberbullying.

It was an incredible evening complimented by delicious appetizers, snacks and cocktails.

I caught up with some friends, I took some photos, I asked some questions ("What do you love about SMBME?"), I ate too many appetizers—there were lobster rolls and lots of bacon-wrapped things—and I almost lost my phone (HORROR). Fortunately, a very kind bartender found it for me. All-in-all it was an amazing evening.

A huge thank you to Amanda O'Brien (@Amanda_Pants) and the rest of the team at Hall Internet Marketing for organizing these events on a monthly basis. I would also like to thank all of the SMBME sponsors, Broadreach Public Relations, Mainely SEO, LiveME, Casco Bay Tech Hub Business Innovation Center, Others! Fair Trade Coffee, and The Cohen-Tracy Team | The Maine Real Estate Network.

SMBME is held once a month at the Masonic Temple on Congress St. in Portland. We get together to share experiences, stories and learn from each other on a variety of different topics in and around the social media sphere. We look forward to the new mix each month. For more information about social media breakfast Maine please contact us.

For more information about Social Media Breakfasts all around the globe please check out our friends at Social Media Breakfast.

Hope to see you next month! As always, there will be bacon.

Jackie Ward, Amanda O'Brien, and Joey Disco, WCYY

"There are so many things I love about SMBME. I'm really happy to be here tonight and that we're talking about this important topic. I love SMBME! - Jackie Ward

"What I've been most proud of is the community that SMBME has put together. Businesses and marketers and everyone else have been working together to help me come up with content. They all make it very exciting." - Amanda O'Brien

"This is my second SMBME. I'm back because I love Amanda." - Joey Disco 

Linda Varrell, Kelsey Goldsmith, Jillian Kanter and Michael Geneseo, all of Broadreach Public Relations

"I love that you see lots of people who you know. You get a chance to catch up with each other and share information. And, you can just be yourself." - Linda Varrell 

"I like Jackie Ward's dog, Cooper. That's my favorite thing about SMBME." - Kelsey Goldsmith

"This is my first SMBME. I'm really excited to be here." - Jillian Kanter

"I think it's probably the rooster. He's on the logo. Definitely the rooster." - Michael Geneseo 

 Nathan O'Leary, Mainely SEO

"My favorite thing about SMBME is the bacon." - Nathan O'Leary

April & Lenny Tracy, The Cohen-Tracy Team, The Maine Real Estate Network

 "I love the people and the food." -  April Tracy

"I love the interaction and the creativity. I also love the social atmosphere." - Lenny Tracy

Ryan & Joan Crocker

"I love (insert fits of hysterical laughter) everything! - Joan Crocker

"I love all of the different people who come to SMBME. Especially Rob Gould." - Ryan Crocker

I knew I liked Ryan.

Keith Luke & Rich Brooks

 "What do I love about SMBME? I'm going to go with Amanda O'Brien. She really is, in my opinion, the heart and soul of the social media community in greater Portland. She is the one who picked up the mantle of the Social Media Breakfast and ran with it. She puts the community before herself. I wish I could say the same about myself, but I'm a selfish bastard. And, she brings people together. She always puts bringing people together and educating them in the number one spot. That's what I love about SMBME ... Amanda." - Rich Brooks

"One of the things I love about about SMBME is there is a very flat hierarchy. It brings together all kinds of people—everyone from people in their late-teens/early twenties just getting started in their careers, to established business leaders, to important people in the broadcast/media community like Jackie Ward." - Keith Luke 

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Rob works as a digital marketing & public relations consultant to agencies, brands, and individuals. He has 20 years of marketing experience. He also currently serves in a volunteer capacity as director of pr/communications for TEDxDirigo. From 2005-2011, Rob served as director of social media & agency communications at The VIA Agency (Portland). Prior to VIA, Rob worked with several PR & advertising agencies in London & Boston. He is a graduate of The University of Vermont (UVM) and a Maine transplant (2002).

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