"We believe we are stewards of human potential. Through our programs we work each day to help students realize and discover their gifts and talents."

David Contreras, LP Founder,

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 170 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 to these first responders. The dual goal of this initiative  was to keep small business working (TacoMan512 team) and feed first responders a free lunch on us!

Here’s a quote from Avantgarde CEO, Rebecca Contreras, on how this initiative came to be.

 “My husband David was watching the news and saw an organization doing this in another state and felt strongly he wanted to follow suit with AG sponsoring the costs and services of TacoMan512, using our local nonprofit as a vehicle and teaming with our friend, Tom Ramey/TacoMan512,” “Tom has delicious gourmet food trucks in Austin, both SnappySnacks and TacoMan512. 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 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!”

– David & Rebecca Contreras. 

This initiative gained the local news outlets attention. This story was featured on KXAN, KVUE, FOX 7, andUnivision.


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.



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