Campeón de la Comunidad Award winner makes most of Texans' $20,000 grant to help Houston's Greater Northside

On October 8, the Houston Texans and Miller Lite hosted a virtual reception in honor of the 2020 Campeón de la Comunidad Award winner, Maria Aguirre, Director of Community Initiatives at Avenue.

The Houston Texans Campeón de la Comunidad Award presented by Miller Lite honors an outstanding leader in the Latino community who is making a positive impact on the city of Houston through service and dedication to a local nonprofit. The winner receives $20,000 grant in his or her honor to a nonprofit of choice. Two runners up also receive donations in their name of $2,500 each.

This year, the Texans and Miller Lite donated $20,000 in honor of Aguirre to Avenue, a nonprofit that focuses on building affordable homes and provides programs that support working families in the Greater Northside.

After working in oil and gas where she taught project management and the great differences between the private and non-profit worlds, Aguirre's current work at Avenue is centered around helping powerless communities regain some of their power. A graduate of Baylor University with a major: in International Relations, she was also recognized for her dedicated community work in the Waco area. Now, Aguirre focuses her attention to the Houstonians in the Greater Northside area, helping families and working diligently to make the community safer, more beautiful, and more welcoming for everyone who lives there.

A portion of the 2020 Campeón funds were used to host two holiday drive-thru events for the community, serving over 4,500 people. Avenue was able to provide 800 individually gift-wrapped toys for kids, 1000 grocery packs for families, 500 bags of pet food, 1400 gift bags with health, workforce and educational information.

Two finalists, Mia Garcia of Combined Arms and Joe Gonzales of Zoey's Angels, were also recognized for their outstanding contributions to the community. The Texans and Miller Lite made an additional donation of $2,500 to Combined Arms and Zoey's Angels in honor of Garcia and Gonzales.

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