Awesome Bend seeking applications for next $1,000 Pitch Night

Awesome Bend is seeking applications for its next $1000 Pitch Night.  The grant will be awarded to a project proposal that is most likely to make a positive impact in Central Oregon.

“The definition of ‘awesome’ lies in the mind of the beholder,” said Pam Stevenson, dean of awesomeness.  “It could mean solving a problem, making someone stop and think, or spreading joy — think social good, the environment, technology, arts and beyond.”

A group of ten trustees who each donate $100 to form the collective grant will select the winner at a Pitch Night, which will be free and open to the public, on April 19 from 6 – 8:30 p.m. at the Deschutes Brewery Tap Room, in downtown Bend.  The application deadline is April 1.  Applications can be found at and take less than 10 minutes to fill out.  Finalists will be notified and invited to present a 3-minute pitch at the event.

“It’s like Shark Tank for community good,” said 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.”

For more information about the Pitch Night, to apply for a grant or to apply to become a trustee, please visit or email

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