And the winner is...

It was tough to be a judge at last night's award ceremony. Aaron Shurts (Deloitte Digital), Izzie Zahorian (Google), and David Wykes (Teague) were faced with the difficult task of choosing only ONE person to win the $1500 grant. Three amazing presentations were given by our finalists: Noelle Hoffman, Sarita Schaffer of Viva Farms, and Adriel Rollins & Melanie Wang of the Pivot team. Each project differed in audience, plan, and design; but passion and generosity were the 2 common characteristics that linked them together. They were all true examples of designing for good.

Pour Back Finalists from left to right: Sarita Schaffer, Adriel Rollins (Pivot), Melanie Wang (Pivot), and Noelle Hoffman.

Pour Back Finalists from left to right: Sarita Schaffer, Adriel Rollins (Pivot), Melanie Wang (Pivot), and Noelle Hoffman.

So who did the judges choose to be the first Pour Back Fund winner? Drum roll please... Sarita Schaffer! We can't wait to see her "pour back" her talent to the next generation of Washington farmers. Be sure to check back, as we'll be receiving updates from Sarita throughout the year. 

Noelle Hoffman and the Pivot Team were given Honorable Mentions of $500 each. We are so proud of these designers and so excited to see the great things they'll do for the community. 

A big congratulations goes out to Sarita and the rest of the Pour Back finalists! Thank you for sharing your ideas, talent, and passion to give back. Continue to inspire and design for good always.

Sarita with her $1500 award and the Pour Back judges: Izzie Zahorian, Aaron Shurts, and David Wykes

Sarita with her $1500 award and the Pour Back judges: Izzie Zahorian, Aaron Shurts, and David Wykes