October 26, 2011
LASVP’s 4th Annual Social Innovation Fast Pitch at Annenberg Alchemy’s Peer to Peer was an outstanding event that provided an audience of over 1000 with entertainment, information, and inspiration. The evening featured appearances by George Lopez, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Jamie Lee Curtis and Bobby Shriver, as well as musical performances by Robert Gupta and Michelle Branch, but the stars of the event were the ten Social Innovation Fast Pitch finalists. Each finalist presented their 3-minute pitch, introducing the audience to nonprofit organizations that address diverse issues such as college access, water conservation, and media literacy. At the end of the evening, four prizes were awarded.
Karen Van de Laat, representing Get on the Bus, took home the Coaches’ Award of $5,000.
Ezequiel Olvera, representing the Gumball Foundation, received the most text votes from the audience, winning the Annenberg Audience Award of $10,000.
Caroline Kunitz, representing L.A. Diaper Drive, did the incredible and took home both the Judges’ Award of $20,000 and the LASVP Investee Award, which includes an initial investment of $20,000 as well as continued funding and capacity building support from LASVP.
Every finalist did an amazing job of presenting their pitch! The seven finalists as well as the nine other organizations that completed the program received a grant of $1,000. (To find out more about the participating organizations, click here.)
Following the program, the evening featured a showcase of all 19 organizations that completed the eight-week Social Innovation Fast Pitch training program, which gave audience members a chance to meet the participants and find out more about their organizations. A wonderful time was had by all, who were motivated and inspired by 19 amazing nonprofit organizations and the individuals behind them who are working tirelessly to make Los Angeles and the world at large a better place.