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Pitch for a Purpose Inspires Passion with a Purpose

By Emi Baxter



Leadership Bend 2018 proudly presented five finalist non-profit organizations to the public and a panel of five judges. Each organization had five minutes to make their pitch to win the $12,000 grand prize and five additional minutes to answer questions posed by the judges; Connie Druliner, Tim Johnson, Dita Keith, Lisa Dobey, and Chuck Horne.

Her words inspired a room full of passion to give not only to this event, but constantly, actively, wherever we can within our world.

Michelle Johnson, Executive Director of Bend-La Pine Schools Education Foundation, Heather O’Daniel of The Humane Society of the Ochocos, Co-Executive Director Ranae Staley, Kim Hatfield, Executive Director of Friends of the Children, and In Our Backyard Program Director Juliana Williams stunned the audience and the judges with their incredible missions, their drive, and their effort to make Central Oregon better for everyone who lives here. While today they were competing for a monetary prize, it was apparent that each one of them shows up because they are driven to impact change and care within our community.

As the judges deliberated and the audience voted for Audience Choice Award, Sarah Pool, CEO and Co-Founder of Canvas, fired up the room by sharing some key points she has learned:

  • Be Relentless – motivation is nothing without vision, and neither mean anything if you don’t continue to drive forward.
  • Commit to the Process – process is about obstacles, commit to overcoming your obstacles.
  • Embrace your Dark Side – understand what you are good at and what you have to work on.
  • LOVE – it doesn’t matter if you are relentless, commit, or embrace, if you don’t have a love for your team, cause, and organization.

Her words inspired a room full of passion to give not only to this event, but constantly, actively, wherever we can within our world.

The audience voted and, In Our Backyard, took home the Audience Choice Award of $2500 to support their educational efforts, and reach within and outside of Bend!

Leadership Bend 2018 walked away humbled to be a part of bringing back such a powerful event to Central Oregon, and proud to be a part of the legacy of relentlessness to improve our community and the lives of everyone in it.

The judges had a difficult decision to make based on 25 minutes of pitches, and 25 minutes of questions, but they came to a consensus and The Giving Plate took home the grand prize of $12,000 dollars! We are all excited to see these funds help The Giving Plate grow to continue to support our community and launch the additional program Backpacks for Bend!

 

Jamie Christman, Executive Director of Leadership Bend, shared sentiments felt across the room that night: pride in partaking in such an impactful event with the current and future leaders of Central Oregon; awe at the passion and drive in that room alone; and commitment to challenging the next Leadership Bend class to be the best class ever!

Leadership Bend 2018 walked away humbled to be a part of bringing back such a powerful event to Central Oregon, and proud to be a part of the legacy of relentlessness to improve our community and the lives of everyone in it. Together we make Bend and Central Oregon special.

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