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Community Groups to Benefit From 'Ideas' Competition

Venture Fund Winners
The winners, with (center) Doug Jones, a representative of MSC Industrial Supply Co., which provided prize money. (l-r) Katie Tabachnick '18, Morgan Mercer '18, Brooke Brazer '16, Jeneshia Washington-Hughes '18, Austin Crouse '17.

A half-dozen student teams tested out their "Ideas of March" on a three-judge panel recently in the Center for Civic Engagement's annual venture funding contest. Teams seeking funding had five minutes to pitch ideas that could benefit the local community.

The three teams selected by judges each received a $2,500 award, with prize money provided by Davidson-based MSC Industrial Supply Co. "Pantrea," from Brooke Brazer '16, will promote healthy eating by linking consumers with dieticians. Jeneshia Washington-Hughes '18 proposed "DaviKids" to provide summer swim lessons to children whose families would not otherwise be able to afford them. "Rightside" from Austin Crouse '17 will promote the arts by selling t-shirts imprinted with designs by young school children.

Katie Tabachnick '18 and Morgan Mercer '18 received the $1,500 "Audience Favorite" award for their proposal to provide backpacks of food for the weekend to needy school children and their families.