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On Thursday, March 31st the Tucson community shared a powerful evening. A hybrid of 400+ in person attendees and a virtual crowd from all over the world witnessed 10 exceptional nonprofit leaders share innovative, three-minute “Fast Pitches”. You can re-watch this event via YouTube here.

Fast Pitch Class of 2022 Celebrating with Big Checks

The audience witnessed 10 powerful pitches from: Clínica AmistadCooper CenterEdge High SchoolFelicia’s FarmFlorence Immigrant & Refugee Rights ProjectFosterEd ArizonaGoodwill of Southern Arizona, I Am You 360Power Over Predators, AND Scholarships A-Z

This event would not be possible without our Sponsors. To view the complete Fast Pitch Program, click HERE.

The Connie Hillman Family Foundation generously pledged to match the first $40,000 in donations that came in live during the event. Thank you for helping us create transformational change for 10 nonprofits serving our community, our incredible audience exceeded that $40,000 goal and stepped up to make an impact with over $69,000 in live donations the night of Fast Pitch and we are still receiving donations! One of the judges, Dominic Ortega was so thrilled he did a handstand on stage to celebrate.

Donations are continuing to come in and YOU can still create change for any of the nonprofits you saw onstage. Text FASTPITCH2022 to 707070 OR click HERE to donate online.

The audience of 400 people enjoyed a cocktail hour before the show

Power Over Predators winning the Founders’ Award 

The award ceremony opened with a NEW award honoring the founders who brought Fast Pitch to Tucson. 

  • The Dr. John Smith and Jane Ragle SVP Fast Pitch Founders’ Award Sponsored by Cande & Tom Grogan – $7,500
    • WinnerPower Over Predators

Tucson Electric Power is dedicated to supporting local nonprofits and believes in giving the Power to the People! Last week YOUR voice was heard! YOU voted on the winner of this incredible award and made a HUGE impact to FosterEd Arizona!

  • Tucson Electric Power’s Power to the People Award  – $7,500+
    • 2 page featured article in BizTucson 
    • 100 KXCI Community Radio Impact Announcements
    • WinnerFosterEd Arizona

FosterEd Arizona winning the Audience Choice TEP Power to the People Award 

  • The Judges’ Award Sponsored by the David and Lura Lovell Foundation – $10,000
    • Winner: Power Over Predators

Power Over Predators winning the Judges’ Award Sponsored by the David and Lura Lovell Foundation

I Am You 360 winning one of the Connie Hillman Family Foundation Impact Awards

The rest of the sponsored award winners were:

  • Connie Hillman Family Foundation Impact Award – $12,500
    • Winner: Clínica Amistad
  • Connie Hillman Family Foundation Impact Award – $12,500
    • WinnerI Am You 360
  • SVP Tucson Award – $10,000
    • Winner Florence Immigrant & Refugee Rights Project
  • Community Foundation For Southern Arizona Vibrant Community Award – $5,000
    • WinnerScholarships A-Z
  • Arizona Complete Health Community Transformation Award – $7,500
    • WinnerPower Over Predators
  • Anne Maley and Tim Schaffner Innovative Solutions Award – $5,000
    • WinnerScholarships A-Z

The Awards Ceremony concluded with ALL of the participants receiving:

  • Steve Goulding Celebration of Life Award, sponsored in memory of Steve by Peggy Goulding – $2,000 for each nonprofit 

Peggy Goulding Presenting the Steve Goulding Celebration of Life Award 

Our Fast Pitch event last night was a massive success! We are excited to share that the journey is not over for our Fast Pitch Class of 2022 participants. In April we begin Phase 2 of our 18-week Training Program. Graham Hoffman, CEO and President of the Jewish Philanthropies of Southern Arizona will educate participants on the value of Donor Connections, how to make major gifts asks, and how to develop deep and meaningful relationships with donors. Participants will conclude the Fast Pitch Training Program with a course in Marketing Strategy with Moniek James of Renegade Media Group. Click HERE to learn more about our expanded training program and stay tuned for updates about Phase 2!

We’d love to hear about your experience of Fast Pitch 2022! Share your memories and be sure to tag @svptucson on Facebook, Instagram, or LinkedIN!

Thank you for sharing this special evening with us, Tucson! Together, we built lasting relationships, we directed our financial resources to support the causes we care about, and we witnessed the power of resilience. YOU are part of the solution, and each and everyone one of YOU made a difference.

With Deep Appreciation,
SVP Tucson Team

Ciara Garcia, Chief Executive Officer
Jennie Grabel, Vice President of Programs
John-Peter Wilhite, Director of Partner Engagement
Alisa Hayward, Administrative and Operations Manager
Brittany Battle, Program Manager
Hattie Groskind, Development and Engagement Coordinator 

SVP Staff Team Left to Right: John-Peter, Jennie, Alisa, Brittany, Ciara and Hattie

Did a Fast Pitch Presenter leave you inspired beyond measure?
You can still donate to our 10 Nonprofit Participants! 

You witnessed first hand the incredible work they are doing right here in our community.

Now is YOUR opportunity to support their organizations.