On July 21, five finalists will vie for Awesome Bend’s next quarterly grant of $1,000 at Pitch Night. The free event is scheduled to take place from 6-8:30 p.m. at the Deschutes Brewery Tap Room on NW Bond Street. Finalists will present their ideas for making Bend a better place to live, work or play and a group of ten trustees who each donate $100 to form the collective grant will select the winner.
The finalists include:
- Cob Project Campus – A community garden to provide produce to local food banks and soup kitchens and teach permaculture skills to the hungry
- Community Bike Repair Stand – A tuning stand with air pump to encourage bike commuting
- Family Photo Day in the Park – free portraits for needy families
- Kid and Kar Inspection – free simultaneous 12-point health screenings of both children and the family car
- Save the Monarchs – a milkweed planting project to increase the Monarch butterfly population
“Pitch Night is like Shark Tank for community good,” said Pam Stevenson, the dean of Awesomeness. “The trustees were very excited about the quality of the applications we received for this round of funding. Our mission is to inspire and support those ideas with some money and mentorship to help turn them into reality.”