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And the 2021 SVP Fast Pitch Winners Are…

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Eight nonprofit leaders took the stage on May 18, 2021 for SVP Chicago’s 5th Annual Fast Pitch showcase. More than 330 people joined the live-stream event to cheer on the pitchers and help choose the top three prize winners by audience vote.

$10,000 First Prize:

  • Monica Beckford Curry, Greenhouse Scholars

$7,500 Second Prize:

  • Andrew DeMuro, Guitars Over Guns

$5,000 Third Prize:

  • Bevon Joseph, Greenwood Project


All eight finalist made powerful pitches, including:

  • Quilen Blackwell, Chicago Eco House
  • Debra Gittler, ConTextos
  • Dan Hostetler, Above and Beyond Family Recovery Center
  • Juliet Sorensen, Injustice Watch
  • Ed Stellon, Heartland Alliance Health

Fast Pitch is a free two-month communication skills building program and competition for innovative nonprofits in Greater Chicagoland. The program helps nonprofit leaders hone their messaging and connects them with leaders of the business and civic communities who can help them create significant community impact.

Thank you to our generous sponsors for helping to make this program possible.