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Lakewood pitch competition to award grants to nonprofits

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Local nonprofit organizations will pitch their mental wellness innovations for a chance to receive a grant from Community First Foundation.

The Innovators Society 2.0 Community Pitch Showdown allows approximately 200 audience members to give away $500,000 in grant dollars to six nonprofits using real-time voting.

Audience members will receive a voting card loaded with $1,800. Once they hear the pitches, they will use their phones to award the money to the nonprofit innovations that excite them the most.

This is the premier event of the Innovators Society 2.0 and the kickoff to a six-month accelerator program to develop six mental wellness innovations.

The nonprofit innovators are Apprentice of Peace, B.I.O.N.I.C., My Quiet Cave, Open Labs, Young Invincibles, YouthRoots.

The showdown is June 5, from 3-5 p.m., at the Lakewood Cultural Center, 470 S. Allison Parkway, Lakewood.

The event is free, but tickets are required. For information and to reserve tickets, visit https://bit.ly/2rBsIvI or go to www.eventbrite.com and search for “The Innovators Society Community Pitch Showdown.”

For questions, please contact Jenica Tomdale at jtomdale@communityfirstfoundation.org or 720-898-5938.

The Innovators Society, a program of Community First Foundation, invests in promising, but not yet proven, nonprofit innovations to increase awareness and change perceptions of mental health.

Learn more at CommunityFirstFoundation.org.

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