Cousins Katia, right, 17, and Jose Rojas, 16, both of San Luis High School, were among students in last year’s Southern Arizona Research, Science and Engineering Foundation Fair.

Mike Christy / Arizona Daily Star 2015

The Southern Arizona Research, Science and Engineering Foundation was the top winner at the inaugural Fast Pitch Tucson event.

Seven nonprofits had three minutes to pitch their organization before a live audience and a group of judges.

The foundation — which organizes the Southern Arizona Research, Science and Engineering Fair and participates in educational outreach — won the $10,000 main prize and one of two $5,000 Greatergood.org Innovation awards.

Other winners included Make Way for Books, which won the $7,500 Cox Charities Award; Amistad y Salud, which received the $2,500 Judges Award and the second $5,000 Greatergood.org Innovation Award; and Teen Outreach Pregnancy Services, which won the $2,500 Audience Choice Award.

Along with the prize money, audience members donated more than $20,000 for Fast pitch participants, with an additional $7,500 matched by Cox Charities. In total, participants shared in more than $60,000 in grants and donations.

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