WOWO Penny Pitch

WOWO Penny Pitch
Created by wrecker on 10/18/2013 8:03:40 AM


“The Burn Council of Northern Indiana is an organization that helps folks get their life’s back to normal after they’ve been impacted by a burn situation,”   said board chairman Chris Weidler.  The Burn Council is a separate nonprofit entity inside St. Joseph Hospital helping burn victims and their families needing assistance.

The Burn Council is a separate nonprofit entity and is not affiliated with St. Joseph Hospital or its Regional Burn Center. However, as the only nationally verified Burn Center in our area, the Burn Center staff will refer burn victims needing assistance to the Burn Council and most local survivors of burns will have been treated by the Burn Center.

Holli Seabury, the CEO of the McMillen Center for Health Education said that as school budgets decrease, so do much needed programs.  “We teach a lot of bullying educing which is required in the schools, but often the teachers don’t really feel comfortable or understand how to teach that topic.  We teach the topics that teachers don’t want to teach.”  

Founded in 1981, the McMillen Center for Health Education is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and one of fewer than 30 such health education organizations nationwide.  The Center is recognized as the number one resource for health education in the Northern Indiana region – reaching nearly 40,000 youth a year.

Kate’s Kart supplies brand new, free books to hospitalized children to keep for their enjoyment.  “We give out about 2,200 books each and every month to children.  A five dollar book can make all the difference to a family that’s hurting… scared… worried… it’s amazing what joy can be given with one single book,” said director Krista Layman. 

Kate's Kart is a not-for-profit organization that supplies brand new, free books to hospitalized children to keep for their enjoyment. Our goal is to promote literacy and encourage children, and their families, to read on an ongoing basis.  We currently have over 100 volunteers collecting, counting, sorting, labeling, stocking and distributing more than 2,000 books per month to 16 area hospitals.

The Community Transportation Network provides dependable transportation to a variety of groups, giving priority to medical transportation for vulnerable seniors and persons with disabilities.  Executive director Becky Weimerskirch said that, “You don’t know what it feels like unless you’re in that positon that you need to beg for your next ride.  That’s not a good feeling.”  

CTN is an effective and dependable transportation alternative in Fort Wayne and Allen County.  They're a nonprofit 501(c)(3) agency using a variety of resources to help you.  Whether you are a senior needing alternatives, a preschool with transportation needs, a club or group going to an event, an organization needing help for clients to access programs, or someone with limited mobility needing extra passenger assistance – please call to see if they can help. 




Thanks to Brigadoon Fitness, 2015 will be a landmark year for Penny Pitch

This year, Penny Pitch donations will be MATCHED by Brigadoon Fitness, thanks to Bruce Dye.  
The WOWO Brigadoon Fitness Penny Pitch this year will also select multiple charities.  


We'll announce the Brigadoon Fitness Penny Pitch recipients in October.  
Listen to WOWO Radio for the big announcement.  



WOWO Radio is looking for 2015 Penny Pitch applications

Are you a non-profit organization in the Fort Wayne / Allen County region?  WOWO Radio wants to hear from you!  

Penny Pitch is a local non-profit organization, in connection with WOWO Radio that raises money for great community and program oriented charities in the regiion.  There's no form to fill out, just tell us about your organization and make sure to include:

-=- Official Organization name and address
-=- 501c3 status
-=- 1 to 2 page summary of your organization
-=- No more than a 1 page summary of how you would use the donated Penny Pitch funds.  This could be a new program that you would like to start offering, a dormant or small program you would like to expand, or a program that has overwhelming need that you're unable to keep up with.  Please explain how the funds will be used.  


OR mail / deliver application to:  

Ryan Wrecker
2915 Maples Road
Fort Wayne, IN  46816

The 2015 Application process is CLOSED (ended August 31st, 2015.)  

Our board of directors will sort through the applicants and determine which charity will be the focus of our efforts. 

WOWO's efforts for Penny Pitch will focus fundraising efforts towards the selected charity.  Schedule of fundraising events will be announced after the organization is selected.  



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WOWO raises over $80,000 for Penny Pitch in 2013






WOWO Radio is proud to announce Turnstone 
as the 2013 Penny Pitch charity


About Turnstone:  Turnstone’s Mission & Services:Founded in 1943, Turnstone has helped people with disabilities maximize their independence. The agency’s mission is to provide therapeutic, educational, wellness and recreational programs to empower people with disabilities. Turnstone is the only not-for-profit in northeast Indiana that offers a full range of programs and facilities designed to meet the unique needs of people with disabilities. Programs and services Turnstone provides that enhance the lives of people with disabilities include – therapeutic intervention, early education and childcare, health and wellness, sports and recreation, adult day services and residential ramp building. 

Many of Turnstone’s services are unduplicated, and, as a result, the agency is a sought after provider throughout the region. Without our services, adults with disabilities would have limited social outlets, be dependent on their families or face premature placement in a nursing facility. Children with disabilities would not gain the independence necessary to function in a school setting, nor the skills needed to grow into independent adults.

Turnstone is requesting support from the WOWO Penny Pitch for the agency’s Residential Ramp Building program. The ramp program utilizes dedicated volunteers to construct wheelchair access ramps at the homes of people with disabilities. Turnstone’s residential ramp building program began in 1989, and over the course of 24 years, 1,200 residential ramps have been built for people with disabilities living in Allen County. Last year, Turnstone built 31 ramps for people in need, but more could be built each year if funding were available.

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