On Wednesday, November 4, 2015, the Heart of Dallas Young Professionals (HODYP) announced the winners of the inaugural Lagardère Sports presents Heart of Dallas Fast Pitch. Three hundred guests came out to support this SOLD OUT event and enjoy a fun filled evening of fast pitches, networking and music.
The Heart of Dallas Fast Pitch event was a two-part process. The first step consisted of nonprofit organizations filling out an application to participate. The HODYP Steering Committee selected deserving finalists from a pool of over 50 applicants. All finalists performed three minute “pitches” to five handpicked judges in hopes of maximizing their grant potential.
The HODYP formed the Fast Pitch to make a significant contribution to the community and recognize DFW nonprofits that support local youth programs and services. Nine nonprofits split $100,000 in grants for their contributions to children’s causes. Below is a list of the winning charities and their awards:
America SCORES Dallas: $7,500
Behind Every Door: $5,000
Bryan’s House – Open Arms, Inc: $10,000
Dallas Tennis Association: $7,500
Education Opens Doors: $25,000
Equal Heart: $20,000*
HopeKids North Texas: $7,500
Rae’s Hope: $2,500
*Received an additional $5,000 as the winner of the People’s Choice Award which was determined by audience voting.
The evening also included the inaugural HODYP Community Excellence Award presented by Anheuser-Busch. This award recognized one of Dallas’ most beloved and iconic athletes, Dirk Nowitzki of the Dallas Mavericks. Dirk Nowitzki has been a great community leader both on and off the court. He has contributed to the local community by hosting the Heroes Celebrity Baseball Game, UNICEF Kid Power Project, Children’s Health Hospital Visits, and many other outreach initiatives through the Dallas Mavericks. The HODYP presented Dirk Nowitzki with a $10,000 grant to benefit the Dirk Nowitzki Foundation. Dirk and Jessica Nowitzki were in attendance to graciously accept the award.
The HODYP would also like to thank all nonprofit applicants & finalists, event attendees, MatchPoint Agency, and D.E.C on Dragon for making this event as impactful as it was successful. Looking forward to the 2016 Heart of Dallas Fast Pitch!
Please click HERE for photos from the photobooth at the event.