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Social Venture Partners Fast Pitch winners; Women’s Crisis Center ‘Green Dot’ gets recognitions

Fast Pitch winners. The Women’s Crisis Center’s Green Dot program, represented by Jamie Sivrais, received three of the evening’s prizes: BrandFlick Video Award, and the Student Choice Award which was voted on by representatives from four area colleges.

Social Venture Partners Fast Pitch 2017 announces winners from ten area nonprofits who were finalists in the program and competed in the competition.

SVP’s final Fast Pitch event, which entertains and inspires, not only presents non-profits an opportunity to receive important grant dollars, but serves to educate people about nonprofits they didn’t know of, and learn what they’re doing in the community.

“I’ve heard stories of people getting a board member because the story spoke to them,” says Lauren Merton, SVP’s executive director. “We’ve also had stories from nonprofits that they made connections with other nonprofits through the program.”

Merton says the annual Fast Pitch final event has “grown like crazy” over the years with more than 750 attending the third event.

The event culminates in more than $30,000 in awards; juried prizes; grand, second and third prizes; merit awards; and an audience choice award. Among the event judges are the Elsa Heisel Sule Foundation, Fifth/Third Bank, and Interact for Health.

Event sponsors include The Elsa Heisel Sule Foundation, Fifth/Third Bank, Interact for Health, Skystone Partners, Flywheel Social Enterprise Hub, BrandFlick, Ignite Philanthropy Advisors, Prestige AV & Creative Sources, Philip Bortz Jewelers, Mercedes-Benz Fort Mitchell, and American Solutions for Business.

And the winners are:

Grand Prize – Cincinnati Shakespeare Company


Second Prize – Drug Free Clubs of America


Third Prize – Per Scholas, Inc.


Student Choice Award – Women’s Crisis Center


Audience Choice Award – Adopt A Class


Flywheel Social Enterprise Award – Per Scholas
, Inc.

Skystone Partners Consulting Award – Per Scholas, Inc.


BrandFlick Video Award – Women’s Crisis Center


Bortz Jewelry Awards – Circle Tail, Inc. and Drug Free Clubs of America


SVP Partner Awards – Wordplay Cincy


Merit Awards to Cincinnati Union Cooperative Initiative CUCI, Crayons 2 Computers and Faith Community Pharmacy

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