Asheville Awesome Foundation announces Fall Smackdown

From Asheville Awesome Foundation:

Asheville Awesome Foundation FALL Smackdown!

Want to find out about the next Awesome thing happening in Asheville?

Awesome Asheville will be hosting their second LIVE grant party on September 11 at 6pm at the Block off Biltmore, located at 39 S. Market Street (Corner of Eagle & Market) Asheville, NC 28801. Come hear the finalists pitch their Awesome ideas. Each group will have eight minutes to persuade the judges that their idea is the most Awesome. The winner will receive a $1000 grant!!! For more information about the event, visit: All ages welcome!

Awesome Foundation Asheville will be hosting “pitch parties” approximately once a quarter. The next Pitch Party will take place on Sunday, December 4th.

Trustees/Judges are: Andrew Celywn, Kelly Gloger, Randy Guzman, Charlie Hodge, Elizabeth Mailander, John Webster, Mary Kay & Jim Smith, Mike Rangel, Robert & Melissa Willingham and Vanessa & Joe Scully.

A little about the finalists:

A New Website for Bee City USA

Bee City USA fosters ongoing dialogue in urban areas to raise awareness of the role pollinators play in sustaining three-quarters of the world’s plant species and what each of us can do to provide them with healthy habitat.

With an Awesome Foundation grant, we could 1) add a membership forum and events page to the site, 2) set up newsletter automation rules and develop email content to automate our newsletters, and 3) migrate to a domain level email address

Chefs @ Downtown Welcome Table Creative Partnership

Chefs @ Downtown Welcome Table is a creative partnership between local chefs and restaurateurs and the Downtown Welcome Table, based on the belief that one of the best ways to love people is through food.

The money will be used to fund a creative session where restaurant partners and program stakeholders gather with a design firm to discuss vision, goals and expectations for the Downtown Welcome Table/Chefs at Welcome Table partnership

Rights Of Passage Adventure Weekend

The Rights Of Passage Adventure Weekend offers boys—many of which come from broken or abusive homes—an opportunity for deep spiritual reflection, transformation, in a container of overflowing support from men and peers. One Awesome Foundation grant would allow us to offer three full scholarships this fall.

AVL Food Fans Podcast

Our mission is to connect eaters with quality, local, food makers. Spreading the good word about the great Asheville food scene is important to us, and we believe that it is important to everyone!

Each episode is recorded at Zapow! Studios on Battery Park Ave right downtown and costs us $100, which pays for our producer Matt Johnson to record the show for 1 hour, then mix it, post & host it on Spreaker, and”blow-up” social media. I would use the $1,000 to pay for 10 episodes. All of the money would be given directly to Matt, a hard working local business person.

About Us

We all know how Awesome it is to live, work and play in Asheville. This group wants to help those who can make our community even better with just a little help from some friends. Awesome Asheville will be giving out grants of $1000 to those who can articulate and deliver great projects to make our town even more vibrant and awesome to live in. The Awesome Foundation has 83 chapters in 18 countries and has given over $2 Million in micro-grants since it’s inception. For more information visit:

About Dan Hesse
I grew up outside of Atlanta and moved to WNC in 2001 to attend Montreat College. After college, I worked at NewsRadio 570 WWNC as an anchor/reporter and covered Asheville City Council and the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners starting in 2004. During that time I also completed WCU's Master of Public Administration program. You can reach me at

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