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April 28, 2005 - Inner City Health Heats up the Night with Salsa & Soul

What: Music, Dining, Dancing and Art Exibit

Where: Walnut Foundry Event Center

When: April 28, 2005

Time: 6:30 pm

Ticket Prices: $30

Beneficiary: Inner City Health Center

Honoree(s): Bradley Benson, JD, LL.M, David Lueders, Jan Williams

EMCEE: Paul Dunne, Development Director of ICHC

Honorary Chairperson(s): Brad Benson

Founders: Dr. Duane Claassen and Dr. Bob and Jan Williams.

Executive Director: Kraig Burleson

Speaker: Lt. Gov. Jane Norton

Catering: Purple Onion Catering

Music: Manuel Molina and Hazel Miller Band with Amy Garcia

Of note: Artists: Rebecca V. Rozales, Mike Juarez, Ricardo DeOlivera, Mark K. Small, Dan Muniz, Sheilah Lowe, Dawn Williams Boyd and Li Hardison

Sponsors: KUVO-FM, Wells Fargo and St Anthony’s Health Foundation, Purple Onion Catering, See’s Candies, Harper Design, Walnut Foundry Event Center, and CTAM Cruises

Menu: Salsa: Latin Empanadas served with Salsa & Sour Cream, Fresh Fruit Displays, Tossed Mesclun Greens with Mango, Hearts of Palm, Pomegranate & Orange served with Citrus Poppy Seed Vinaigrette. Black Beans, Corn & Rice Medley, Southwestern Frijoles seasoned with Roasted Garlic & Cumin, White & Blue Corn Tortilla Chips served with Salsa Fresca & Warm Queso dip.,,,Soul: Blackened Cajun Rubbed Catfish Fillets, Served with creamy Lemon Hollandaise Sauce, Classic Breaded & Fried Chicken Drummettes, Collard Greens Prepared with Garlic, Butter & Bacon. Mac & Cheese, Corn Bread served with Butter & Honey

Attendance: 200

Attire: Dress to Dance

Donors: Newberry Bros

Event Coordinator: Chandra Al-Khafaji and Scottie Taylor Iverson

Board of Directors: Dr. Jim Shira, Will Barnes, Dr. John Forney, Dr. Edward Ho, Hunt Holsomback, Sharry McCorkle, Marisol Solarte-Erlacher, Dr. Robert Williams

Blacktie Photos by: Marcelo Mainzer

 Hazel Miller gives a face to Soul
Hazel Miller gives a face to Soul

Marcelo Mainzer

Outside the Walnut Foundry Events Center it was Denver on a chilly night in April, inside it was Puerto Rico, Havana and New Orleans and Motown.

Inner City Health Center held a fund raiser and appropriately chose a theme that reflects the passion, power and culture that can only be born in an Urban environment. “Inner City Health Center was started 20 years ago by Dr. Duane Claassen and Dr. Bob and Jan Williams. God gave them the vision to provide health care to the low-income and uninsured population in the Denver metro area, particularly the Five Points area.”

From the moment Development Director Paul Dunne finished giving last minute instruction, to the end of the night, the music played and the food, Salsa to Soul, from Purple Onion Catering filled the air with heavenly aromas. The south wall of the large room was taken up with the work of Latin artists Rebecca V. Rozales, Mike Juarez, Ricardo DeOlivera and Dan Muniz for half of the night, only to have the walls spin and display the work of Afrocentric artists Mark K. Small, Dan Muniz, Sheilah Lowe, Dawn Williams Boyd and Li Hardison.

“Sizzle” a game of chance at five dollars per play, offered an opportunity to win $100,000 and each ticket additionally gave a chance at the drawing for travel to Puerto Vallarta donated by CTAM Vacations and Cruises, Tours & More whose representatives Rigina Nickels and “DJ” Donna James were on hand. Adding a sweet swirl to the night See’s Candy rep Nancy Morved kept the mountain of chocolate high at the end of the food table.

The “Salsa” portion of the evening was delivered by the hot, hot, salsa sounds of the sought- after Latin guitarist and entertainer, Manuel Molina, with professional dance instruction by Jig Gillespie and dance partner Sara Wright. Manuel has traveled the world, entertaining in almost every major city. He is a local favorite who has been a welcome addition to such events as the Cherry Creek Arts Festival and Aspen Jazz Festival.

Delivering up “Soul” was the renowned Hazel Miller Band (voted by Westword as Denver’s Best Blues/R&B Band for three consecutive years). Hazel’s voice has been described as stunning, moving and powerful. Whether she is belting out blues, singing jazz, pop or gospel, the audience is always treated to a primal dose of genuine soul,

Gratitude is the stock and trade of the nonprofit world, gratitude for the crucial services from the people who use them, gratitude for the opportunity to be of service whether as a staff person, volunteer or supporter. Gratitude from the nonprofit to all those who give selflessly to make it work. At the Salsa and Soul event three people receive awards of gratitude and appreciation Brad Benson, attorney and new member of the ICHC board, Jan Williams, Co-Founder of ICHC and David Lueders, board member.

Inner City Health Services receive the gratitude of Lt. Governor Jane Norton for providing quality patient care that includes adult, pediatric, prenatal and dental services along with spiritual guidance to low income and uninsured families. Good food, great music, passionate art, and yes people banding together mark the inner city of Denver.

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