Nonprofits ‘Make the Pitch’ for funding at Manchester event
From left are Mary Jo Brown, with Brown & Company Design, John Gargasz, with Entrepreneurs Foundation of NH, Margie Wachtel, who won the "Making the Pitch" challenge for Families First Health and Support Center, Joy Barrett, who came in second for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Nashua and Greater Salem, with clapping hands is Bobby Kessling, who came in third for City Year, during the NH Charitable Foundation's annual meeting, held at the Radisson Hotel, in Manchester, on Friday. (Thomas Roy/Union Leader)
“A Pitch for Innovation” was the theme of the event, which drew nearly 700 attendees to the downtown Radisson Hotel to support the foundation and vote on the best of the three presentations.
“We meet homeless people where they are, and provide the care that is needed,” she said in introducing Big Blue, the mobile health-care bus that is the center of the organization’s outreach work.
Using “clicker” technology that can tabulate votes immediately, the audience demonstrated its support for Big Blue with 58 percent of the 687 votes cast after all presentations had ended.
Barrett got 31 percent of the votes and the second prize of $5,000 for her organization, while Kessling got 11 percent of the votes and $2,500 for City Year.
Barrett described her experience as a Big Sister to a girl named Alyshia, who was engaging at first, then became withdrawn and eventually disappeared. “It dawned on me that she was just trying to prove that I was another adult who was going to give up on her and abandon her,” Barrett said.
Pitch Camp was led by John Gargasz, an investor with 10X Venture Partners; Thomas “TK” Kuegler, co-founder and general partner at Wasabi Ventures; and Mary Jo Brown, founder of Brown & Co, a Portsmouth-based advertising and design agency.
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