PITCH-ER THIS! is a community development competition for students in Gratiot and Isabella Counties.

United Way will provide funding to the winning team(s) to help bring their idea to life. Event attendees and a panel of community leaders will vote for their favorite project. The event is free and open to the public.

Ideas range from programs and events to technology and arts that will help people achieve their full potential through quality education, financial stability and healthy lifestyles.

PITCH-ER THIS! is hosted by United Way of Gratiot & Isabella Counties in collaboration with CMU College of Medicine students.

Mission: To provide students in Gratiot and Isabella Counties an opportunity to implement their ideas in their community.


  • To gain fresh perspectives on how to improve our community
  • To facilitate youth participation in community
  • To strengthern Gratiot & Isabella Counties via student projects related to quality education, financial stability and healthy lifestyles
  • Teach high school students project development, presentation and public speaking skills


2017 Judge Panel:

Dr. Christine Hammond — President, Mid-Michigan Community College

Jerome Schwind — President, Isabella Bank

Donald C. Schurr — President, Greater Gratiot Development, Inc.

Cindy Bosley — Chief Executive Officer, Masonic Pathways

Erik Rodriguez — Interim Public Relations Director, Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan

Judge Kristin M. Bakker — Gratiot County Probate Court


2016 Judge Panel:

Dr. George Ross - President, Central Michigan University

Tom Olver - President/CEO, United Way of Gratiot & Isabella Counties

Lisa Hadden - Executive Director, Michigan AHEC Mid-Central Region

Amanda Schafer - Executive Director, Mount Pleasant Area Community Foundation

Jim Holton - City Commissioner; Owner, Mountain Town Brewing Company & Camille's on the River restaurants