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On Thursday, March 11th the Tucson community shared a powerful evening. A virtual crowd from all over the world witnessed exceptional nonprofit leaders share innovative, three-minute “Fast Pitches”. 

Fast Pitch Class of 2021 Celebrating with Big Checks

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Arizona Public Media’s Tom McNamara emceed the evening, live streamed from the beautiful Tech Parks Arizona.

Tom McNamara

The virtual audience witnessed 10 powerful pitches from: Make Way for BooksTROTSunnyside FoundationYWCATMM Family ServicesBoys and Girls ClubsNative Music CoalitionSecond ChanceBoys to Menand JobPath.

Fast Pitch Coordinating Committee with the Class of 2021

Carol Stewart, Associate Vice President of Tech Parks Arizona, joined us for the evening to share a special message about how we are all community champions, we ALL have a role to play. She encouraged everyone to lend their expertise and resources in whatever way they can to be part something grand.

In a direct message, Carol challenged local businesses to unify our community and raise up our city by matching Tech Parks Arizona’s $1,000 donation. Will you accept Carol’s Challenge? Be part of transformation in 2021 and click HERE to make a donation.

Carol Stewart giving a Special Message 

The Awards Ceremony kicked off with ALL of the finalists receiving:

  • Marshall Foundation Award – $500:
  • Peggy and Steve Goulding Celebration of Life Award– $2,000

This was followed by a fun reveal of nine sponsored awards. The award winners are:

  • Connie Hillman Family Foundation Impact Award– $15,000
    • Winner: Daniel Howe & Second Chance Tucson
  • Connie Hillman Family Foundation Community Catalyst Award– $15,000
    • WinnerMichael Brasher & Boys To Men Tucson
  • SVP Tucson Award– $10,000
    • WinnerPatrick Robles & Sunnyside Foundation 
  • Citi Welcoming What’s Next Award– $5,000
    • Winner: Imelda Esquer & YWCA of Southern Arizona
  • Community Foundation For Southern Arizona Equity Award– $5,000
    • Winner: Vince Flores & Native Music Coalition 
  • Arizona Complete Health Community Transformation Award– $5,000
    • Winner: Michael Brasher & Boys To Men Tucson
  • Maley-Schaffner Innovative Solutions Award– $5,000
    • WinnerVince Flores & Native Music Coalition 
  • SVP Tucson Together Award– $1,000
    • Winners:
      • Fernando Gonzalez & Make Way For Books
      • Margaux DeConcini & TROT
      • Raymond Wells & TMM Family Services
      • Sarah Henderson & JobPath
      • Yvonne Pysher & Boys and Girls Clubs of Tucson

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

Tom McNamara, SVP Tucson CEO Ciara Garcia, and Daniel Howe as he wins the audience choice award.

  • Tucson Electric Power’s Power to the People Award – $15,000+
    • 2 page article in BizTucson
    • Featured spotlight at Startup Tucson’s IdeaFunding
    • Corporate Innovation Course from Startup Tucson
    • WinnerDaniel Howe & Second Chance Tucson

The Connie Hillman Family Foundation generously pledged to match the first $50,000 in donations. Thank you for helping us create transformational change for 10 nonprofits serving our community, our incredible audience exceeded that $50,000  goal and stepped up to make an impact! Donations are coming in and YOU can still create change for any of the nonprofits you saw onstage, donation information is below.

Pledgeling Online Donation Portal

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 2021 participants. Next week we begin Phase 2 of our 18-week Training Program. Graham Hoffman, CEO and President of the Jewish Community Foundation 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 2021! Share your memories using the hashtag #FASTPITCH2021 and tagging @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, CEO
John-Peter Wilhite, Director of Community Impact
Alisa Hayward, Senior Administrative Assistant
Brittany Battle, Program Manager
Hattie Groskind, Development and Engagement Coordinator

Hattie Groskind, Brittany Battle, Tom McNamara, Alisa Hayward, and Ciara Garcia

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.

Click HERE to donate ONLINE!