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About Us

In 2012 Mike Acosta and Brittany Streufert talked about starting a 5K race to benefit the community in which they both lived. At Viera Pizza, Mike loved the support his local customers gave his business and how fast it was growing. It made him want to give back. Enter Brittany who eats pizza every Friday. She had gotten to know Mike from running local races and picking up her order each week. When he casually mentioned the 5K idea she told him to go for it, not knowing he had already designated the race director spot for her.
Despite the two not having any race management experience, the Eat My Crust 5K was born.

After six successful Eat My Crust 5K events, Mike & Brittany had given over $100,000 to the Viera High School Athletic Department, Special Olympics of Brevard County and the Early Steps program through Viera Pizza. The next step was to launch a nonprofit organization called Power of Pizza Charities or “POP” for short to further the mission of giving back to the Brevard County community. POP is now fully operational with a 501(c)3 status, a board of directors and a full schedule of fundraising events on the calendar.

POP’s goal is the same as Mike and Brittany’s original one.
Make an impact in the community. Let’s see how far we can go!


In The News
Viera Pizza changes lives one slice at a time (click to read)

Our Mission

We are on a mission to inspire youth and adults to participate in sporting events to improve their lives and health while raising funds to support local schools, athletic organizations and child development programs.

Our Events

Run Run Santa 1 mile
Dec 21, 2019 - Viera, FL
Dec 22, 2019 - Vero, FL

Eye of the Dragon 10K
Feb 16, 2020
Melbourne, FL

Space Coast Classic 15k

April 14, 2019

Eat My Crust 5K
May 3, 2020
Viera, FL

What Our Partners & Participants Have to Say

“Any professional looking for a new way to reach potential customers should talk to POP. They’re innovative and did an amazing job helping me market my business.”
Lukas Fullem, Realtor
Karr Professional Group

"I have run Eat My Crust every year and I am looking forward to running it again next year! This race has all the components of a great event and more - super course, amazing staff and volunteers, the best race medals in town, fun swag, awards and raffles, delicious food, and it supports a very worthy charity! Did I mention mascot Joey Pepperoni is there?? This is a must-do race!"
Lisa Petrillo, Runner
6x Eat My Crust Streaker

“For the past 5 years Space Coast Early Steps has had the honor of being one of the recipients of Viera Pizza’s Eat My Crust 5K.  The donations have assisted with purchasing needed equipment for the children we serve in Brevard County.  Their dedication to our children under age 3 with delays and disabilities is unmeasurable. We can’t thank them enough.”
Althea Puzio, Program Director 
Space Coast Early Steps

“Power of Pizza Charities is a very generous partner for Viera High School Athletics. The Eat My Crust 5K community event in May is always a favorite with over 1,000 participants annually. With POP's help, Viera High School is able to assist the athletic department, extracurricular clubs and activities with funding that allows them to purchase needed equipment, make improvements, and receive funding that we normally would not receive. Without Eat My Crust and Power of Pizza VHS would just be making ends meet."
- Chris Gallagher, Athletic Director
Viera High School

POP’s Promise

Progress and growth is important to POP. We work hard to bring a total event experience to every participant who runs our races. We give 100% in everything we do and we hold ourselves to the highest standards.

Our Dedicated Team

Mike Acosta,
Co-Founder & Chairperson

Viera Pizza,
CEO & Operating Partner

Pizza is what Mike Acosta knows best. Growing up in Brevard County in the pizza industry coupled with a BA from UCF, Mike continues to perfect the company known as Viera Pizza. Within its almost 13 years of operation, Viera Pizza has received the Jefferson Award honors and Business Partner of the Year awards multiple times from Viera High School and Manatee Elementary. Mike is an active Chamber of Commerce member and also serves on the Steering Committee for the Viera/Suntree Board. When not working, Mike can be found running around Brevard County at local races or just training with Viera Pizza Race Team. He has run over 175 running events, including 5 Marathons and 2 Ultra Marathons.

Brittany Streufert,
Co-Founder & Vice Chairperson

Prior to co-founding Power of Pizza Charities, Brittany worked in the floral industry for seventeen years where her design work was featured in People magazine and on The View. She enjoys working on marketing opportunities that can bring about meaningful improvement and change.  She has a Master’s Degree in Business Marketing and has been the recipient of the Jefferson Award for community volunteerism, Space Coast Runner’s Golden Shoe Award and the Road Runners of America (RRCA)’s National Outstanding Club Newsletter Award. In her spare time, Brittany has completed over 200 running events, including 15 marathons.

Heather Akram,
Orange County Public Defender’s Office

Zee Baber,
Local Business Owner,
Stadium Mobil & Viera Mobil

Kristin McAlpin,
Board Member
Brevard Public Schools

Support POP!

You can get involved with Power of Pizza Charities in many ways. You can be an event sponsor. You can volunteer at a POP race. If you want to work with us, let’s talk. We have a lot of different options and we’re always looking to develop new and exciting community partnerships.
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