Our Giving

We are a community of people who not only believe in people, but also in giving back to people in our community.

May 6, 2020

AG Teams Up To Serve 500 medical staff at St. David’s Round Rock Medical Center

AG teamed up with local non profit LaunchPad The Center and small businesses Taco Man 512 and The Peached Tortilla for big win, serving 500 meals to hard working medical staff at St. David’s Round Rock Medical Center.

May 9, 2020

AG Teams Up To Serve Austin Police Dept. 500 meals

AvantGarde, LLC linking arms with Taco Man 512, LaunchPad, King’s Hawaiian, and The Peached Tortilla to serve 500 meals to Austin Police Department.

April 2, 2020

AG Serve Our Neighbor Initiative: St. David’s North Austin Medical Center

Local Small Businesses Team to Give Back to Medical Frontline Responders

AvantGarde sponsored lunch for 150+ medical staff who serve in the ER, ICU, and the Cancer Center at St. David’s North Austin Medical Center on April 2, 11am-1:30pm. AG teamed up with local Austin non-profit LaunchPad and TacoMan512 to serve fresh street tacos with trimmings to these first responders. The dual goal of this initiative  was to keep small business working (TacoMan512 team) and feed first responders!

AvantGarde CEO, Rebecca Contreras, on how this initiative came to be.

 “We were watching the news and  saw an organization doing this in another state and after disussing with my AG parnter in DC Dr. Portnoy, we decided to team with LaunchPad and sponsor lunch for a day by TacoMan512, local small buiness food truck here in Austin.  We feel this is a great time to come together and support both a small business, to keep their food truck team working, and our first responders at St David’s who are working long hospital hours to care for members of our local community.  This is our way of doing our small part to bless and help show our appreciation for the first responders helping to heal us and keep our community safe!”  

This initiative gained the local news outlets attention. This story was featured on KXAN, KVUEFOX 7, and Univision.

April 23, 2020

AvantGarde, LaunchPad, and TacoMan512 team up to serve over 500 first responders at Dell Children’s Medical Center

AvantGarde, LaunchPad, and TacoMan512 teamed up to serve 500+ street taco plates for the Dell Children’s Medical Center staff on April 20, 2020. Here’s a quote from a head nurse at Dell Children’s Medical Center expressing their gratitude.

“Thank you so much for your donation. Dell Children’s Medical Center truly appreciates your generosity.”
– Head Nurse at Dell Children’s Medical Center

Tom Ramsey, the owner of TacoMan512 and the Tom Ramsey Foundation, had this to say about the initiative.

“Nothing left to say but thank you… to those who risk their lives every day, to those who keep us safe, to those who are holding down the front lines, to those who are saving lives. We appreciate you and we love you. Thank you for allowing us to serve you today.”
– Tom Ramsey

During trying times like this, we are grateful to be able to step up, team up, and lead well to make a positive impact in our community

AG Sponsors Dec 2019 Military Outreach in Ft. Hood for Second Year

AG supports our men and women in uniform, and this is our second year in a row being a corporate sponsor of a tremendous effort to support 800 Ft. Hood families in Texas!  AG CEO Rebecca Contreras took part in the Holiday Splash Event in Ft. Hood where 1,300 bicycles and 3,000+ toys were distributed to our soldiers.
As part of the effort, one lucky single mom (shown below) was gifted a new car. At just 20 years old and 32 weeks pregnant, her husband was tragically killed in duty, and she was moved to tears while holding her newborn as she was presented with the keys to the gifted vehicle.
We are honored to serve the great men and women serving in our Armed Forces and thank them for their service.

AG sponsors young Latina girls

Summer  2018 AvantGarde sponsored four young first generation College-bound high school graduating seniors to help provide scholarship money for their freshman year of Education, attending college in the Fall of 2018.   AG sponsors young Latina girls through a wonderful organization in Austin Texas by the name of Con Mi Madre (home City of AG CEO).   Con Mi Madre empowers young Latinas and their mothers through educational and support services that increase their preparedness, participation and success in post-secondary education.

AG CEO Ms. Rebecca Contreras shown below left to right with three of the girls sponsored:

Alma, attending UT Austin major in Medical Engineering, Marleen attending UT San Antonio, Marisol attending TX A&M.

We believe in investing in our young people and wish these young ladies much success as they take on this amazing endeavor to be the first in their family to attend College!

AG CEO shown with sponsored girls and Executive Director (ED) of Con Mi Madre, Teresa Granillo (in blue).
AG CEO shown with three of the girls sponsored along with their mothers, ED of Con Mi Madre.

LaunchPad The Center

We are a community of people who not only believe in people, but also in giving back to people in our community.

We sponsor LaunchPad, a 501c3 non-profit near our corporate offices in Texas. They provide outreach and education to at-risk youth in Austin’s inner city. As “the Center for Hope and Building Dreams,” LaunchPad provides middle school aged children with after-school mentoring, leadership training, and essential life skills. LaunchPad’s mission is to equip at-risk youth with the academic and life skills to dream for more and realize their full potential.

LaunchPad’s Model Program was recognized by the Austin Independent School District as a Title I school in Northeast Austin. If you would like to learn more, click here to check out LaunchPad’s official website.

AvantGarde Team gives back this Holiday Season – December 2017

AG sponsored the annual Military Outreach to Texas families in Ft Hood on December 8.   Each year Celebration of Love holds a Christmas outreach and sponsors over 2,000 military soldiers and their families.   This year, Celebration of Love gave away over 370 bikes, 2,000+ turkey’s with meals and over 4,000 toys to our men and women in uniform.   AG was a proud Corporate Sponsor.   Our AG CEO Rebecca Contreras and her husband David were honored for their long time sponsorship towards this amazing cause (see pics below).  To learn more about Celebration of Love visit

AG CEO awards contributions towards college scholarship funds

We recently had the honor of supporting a great organization, Con Mi Madre, in Austin, Texas—the home state of our CEO. Con Mi Madre empowers young Latinas and their mothers through educational and support services that increase their preparedness, participation and success in post-secondary education. Our CEO presented college scholarships and the “Rebecca Contreras Perseverance in Leadership Award” to two first generation, college-bound students.  At AvantGarde, we love giving back and empowering young people to pursue their dreams, work hard and focus on their education!  We are proud of these two young ladies and wish them God speed in their college journey!   

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