2013 Fast Pitch
Winner of $15,000 Judges’ Award and $5,000 Annenberg Audience Award Runner-Up
Presenter: Harry Grammer
New Earth offers artistic enrichment, educational programs, and transition services that empower incarcerated and at-risk youth between the ages of 13-18 to begin a journey of self-discovery.
Winner of $10,000 Annenberg Audience Award
Presenter: Liza Bercovici
The mission of award-winning Gabriella Charter School is to provide a rigorous, standards-based academic program, drawing upon the discipline, creativity and cognitive aspects of dance to engage and motivate its 436 K-8 students to develop self-confidence, critical thinking skills and habits of mind that serve as the foundation for a college preparatory education.
Winner of $5,000 Spark Award
Presenter: Omar Brownson
The Los Angeles River Revitalization Corporation was incorporated as an independent nonprofit organization by the Mayor and City Council to act nimbly and quickly to implement the LA River Revitalization Masterplan. Its mission is to transform the river to improve people’s lives by carrying out sustainable real estate projects, advocacy for river-friendly policy, and programs for community benefit.
Winner of $5,000 Coaches Award
Presenter: Kaile Shilling
The Violence Prevention Coalition seeks to unify and strengthen voices of member organizations and individuals committed to ending the epidemic of violence by providing education, resources, facilitation, and policy advocacy.
Winner of $5,000 Random Act of Kindness Award
Participant: Vicki Pearlson
Founded in 1974, LA Theatre Works’ mission is to strengthen our cultural community using innovative technologies to produce and record significant works of dramatic literature, to ensure diverse audiences, including students, and to provide broad access to quality theatre. LATW is the premier source for recorded audio performances of classical and contemporary theatre.
Winner of $5,000 in-kind DDx Media Digital Prize Package
Presenter: Donna Gallup
Lamp Community ends homelessness of Los Angeles’ most vulnerable individuals, primarily adults with mental illness, through a continuum of services and housing, enabling them to reach their highest level of self-sufficiency and community integration.
Presenter: Steve LePore
The mission of 1in6 is to help men who have had unwanted or abusive sexual experiences in childhood live healthier, happier lives. 1in6’s mission also includes serving family members, friends, and partners by providing information and support resources on the web and in the community. Watch Steve’s pitch here.
Presenter: Luz Rivas
DIY (“Do-It-Yourself”) Girls’ mission is to increase girls’ interest in technology and engineering through innovative hands-on educational experiences. DIY Girls develops and implements programs and events that engage girls with technology, build their capacity, and provide support, guidance and continuity from 5th grade to high school graduation. Watch Luz’s pitch here.
Presenter: Manon Banta
The Mobile Film Classroom is a production studio-on-wheels that travels in the greater Los Angeles area to develop young voices in underserved communities. They provide access to digital media tools, equipping kids to tell their own stories so they can become the creators of our media future. Watch Manon’s pitch here.
Presenter: Hector LaFarga, Jr.
Mothers’ Club Family Learning Center prepares families living in isolation and poverty to succeed in school and in life through two-generation learning programs. To fulfill its mission, they provide free social services and educational programs to lowincome, at-risk families with children ages 0-5. Watch Hector’s pitch here.
Presenter: Katie Quintas
Here to Serve offers non-medical assistance to families with a critically-ill child or parent. The home-and-family-care services allow caregivers to focus on their loved one without irrevocably damaging their home life, health, job performance, and financial wellbeing. Watch Katie’s pitch here.
Presenter: Kelly Bruno
National Health Foundation is an innovative leader improving access to health care by developing projects that promote and support more effective health care delivery and ultimately, better personal health. Watch Kelly’s pitch here.*
*Special update: After the competition, National Health Foundation received the $250k in funding Kelly asked for in her pitch.