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Direct Energy Business Honors Pittsburgh Small Business Community Heroes Winner

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On July 31, representatives from Direct Energy Business and Trib Total Media made the trek out to Sarver, Pennsylvania to honor Walter Aguirre, veteran and L.A. Taco truck owner, as this year’s Pittsburgh Small Business Community Hero.

Aguirre was recognized as this year’s hero for his Toys for Tacos drive and the First Friday Foundation, among other initiatives. In two years, Aguirre has collected about $4,000 in toys for the Salvation Army. The First Friday Foundation is a monthly food truck event he pulls together in Kittanning. The event features music, with vendors donating a portion of profits to a selected charity. He’s also helped raise funds for Autism Speaks and the Wounded Warrior Project.

A Los Angeles native, Aguirre was convinced to stay in Armstrong County by his wife, Amy, after he returned from a tour in Afghanistan in 2009. Starting as a business class project at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, his taco truck soared. He is now booked a month or two in advance.

Direct Energy Business awarded Aguirre with a $500 cash prize, a commemorative award, and $2,000 was donated on his behalf to PA Hero Walk.

A day prior, representatives from Direct Energy Business honored Sally Power of Treasure House Fashions as this year’s Honorable Mention. The nonprofit serves as a “closet” for over 60 agencies serving women in the Greater Pittsburgh area who are facing diverse challenges such as poverty, homelessness, addition, domestic violence, and more. The store aims to reinforce the core value – “You’re worth it!”. Treasure House Fashions was presented with a $250 donation from Direct Energy.

Posted: August 01, 2014