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Pitch Piqua finalists to present at community event March 2

The Piqua Community Foundation is excited to announce that Pitch Piqua tickets are now on sale and voting for the finalist organizations is open! This initiative is a charitable grant pitch competition with a $50,000 top prize for nonprofit organizations with a project benefiting Piqua.

4:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday, March 2, 2023
Fort Piqua Plaza Banquet Center

The three finalist organizations that will compete for the top prize at the March 2, 2023, culminating event are:

  • Edison State Community College — represented by Laura Larger, Criminal Justice Coordinator/Instructor, & Dr. Andy Runyan, Dean of Professional & Technical Programs
  • Health Partners Free Clinic — represented by JoAnn Barhorst, Certified Nurse Practitioner, & Deborah Miller, Executive Director
  • Upper Valley Career Center — represented by Tim Cordonnier, Instructional Supervisor, & Sara Plozay, Cosmetology Instructor/SkillsUSA Advisor

“Pitch Piqua is all about building capacity within our nonprofit community, making a huge impact with Foundation assets and engaging the community around local philanthropy. This event is the high-energy, feel-good community gathering that you don’t want to miss!”

— Emily Shawler, Foundation president and Resource Committee chairwoman

The finalist teams have been developing their concepts alongside The Foundation since the summer of 2022. Topics covered include project scope, budgeting, capacity-building and storytelling presentation skills.

“The three finalist teams have been hard at work since last summer on their project concepts and are ready to share their big ideas with our community. And while there are big dollars at stake in this competition, we know that local philanthropy is for everyone. Any pass-through donation of $10 or more to the finalist organization of your choice counts as a vote for their success. You can help decide who wins the grand prize!”

— Michelle Perry, Foundation executive director

The finalist teams are now ready to present their concepts at a community event from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday, March 2, 2023, at the Fort Piqua Plaza Banquet Center.

The teams will present to a crowd of supportive community members as well as a panel of four in-person judges representing various sectors of our community. All finalists will also be eligible for pass-through designated donations made by community members, who collectively act as the fifth judge!

Tickets are $20 and include event entry, hors d’oeuvres and two drink tickets for the cash bar.

Your ticket purchase helps to cover the cost of hosting the event and does not count as a vote toward any finalist organization’s campaign.

One vote for the finalist organization of your choice is a tax-deductible pass-through donation of $10 or more. Donations must made through The Piqua Community Foundation’s campaign page for the specified finalist organization for the donation to count as a vote for that team.

A donation from each individual counts as one vote for that finalist organization with equal weight regardless of the size of the gift. Each person’s donation counts as one vote; multiple donations by the same person will count as only one vote.

The minimum donation amount to count as a vote is $10, but gifts of all sizes will be passed through to the finalist organization selected. Your donations will pass through The Foundation to each organization minus fees charged by the credit card processor.

Donations must be made through The Foundation’s designated campaign page for the finalist organization by 6:35 p.m. eastern time March 2, 2023, to count toward Pitch Piqua voting. Donors need not be present at the event for their vote to count.

Click below to make a pass-through donation that counts as a vote for your favorite finalist organization.

You may also donate to The Piqua Community Foundation to support grant programs like Pitch Piqua with an unrestricted gift!

The 2022-2023 Pitch Piqua community grant presentation event is made possible by the generosity of:

The French Oil Mill Machinery Company Fund,
The Richard Donnelly Personal Gifting Account &
Steven K. & Gail P. Staley

Get to know this year’s teams better by watching this video announcing who the 2022-2023 finalists are!

2022-2023 Pitch Piqua finalists announcement video

Get a taste of the enthusiasm at this event by watching this recap of the 2021-2022 event, at which The Foundation presented more than $68,000 to the three finalist teams in front of a crowd of more than 300 people!

2021-2022 Pitch Piqua recap video