Awesome Bend announces winner of pitch night

Save the Monarchs won the second quarterly Awesome Bend Pitch Night, taking home a $1,000 grant and an additional $236 audience contribution.

With the money, an organization called Monarch Advocates of Central Oregon will be established to launch a native milkweed seeding campaign and educational program to protect the endangered butterfly population.

Katya Spiecker, who took home the prize, was one of five finalists that presented ideas to “make Bend more awesome” at the event held on July 21 at the Deschutes Brewery Tap Room.

“The Monarch butterfly population has dropped by 90% since the 1990s.  One reason is loss of habitat. There is only one food source for Monarch caterpillars and that plant is milkweed,” the press release stated. “Bend is directly in the Monarchs’ migratory path and they pass through our region twice every year.”

Awesome Bend is accepting applications for proposals for its next quarterly grant at  The application deadline is October 1, 2015.  Finalists will be notified and invited to present 5-minute pitches at the next Awesome Bend Pitch Night which is scheduled for October 20 from 6 p.m.-8:30 p.m. at the Deschutes Brewery Tap Room.

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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