Awesome Bend is looking for applications for its next $1,000 pitch night. Applications are due Oct. 1 and the pitch night, which is free and open to the public, is scheduled for Oct. 20. The award will go to the person or group whose proposed project will have the most positive impact on Bend.
“The definition of ‘awesome’ is intentionally left up to the imagination,” said founder Pam Stevenson. “It could mean solving a problem, making someone stop and think, or spreading joy — think social good, the environment, technology, arts and beyond.”
Awesome Bend is a local chapter of the Awesome Foundation, which has more than 82 chapters worldwide that have given away over $1.6 million. Launched in Bend in April, the local projects include an effort help save the endangered monarch butterflies by planting more milkweed and other blooms in community gardens. Awesome Bend also supported the We Are Remembering — Not Just a Number project, which honors soldiers killed in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Presenters will have five minutes to make their pitch. A group of 10 grantees will select the winner. To win, the project must be completed within three months of the award, the money can’t be used for personal expenses or general operating expenses for an established charity and the winners must come back to the next Pitch Next and “tell the community about (their) project, thus inspiring future awesomeness,” according to the news release.
“It’s like Shark Tank for community good,” says Stevenson. “We believe Bend is brimming with leaders, dreamers, artists, inventors, movers and shakers with do-good ideas that can make Bend an even better place to live, work and play. Our mission is to inspire and support those ideas with some money and mentorship to help turn them into reality.”
Want to go? Pitch Night is 10/20 from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Deschutes Brewery Tap Room.