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April 27, 2006 - Denver does Salsa & Soul for Inner City Health

What: Inner City Health presents Salsa & Soul

Where: Mile High Station

When: April 27, 2006

Time: 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Ticket Prices: $50

Beneficiary: Inner City Health Center

EMCEE: Bazi Kanani, 9News

Gala Chairperson(s): Scottie Taylor Iverson

Honorary Chairperson(s): Lieutenant Governor Jane Norton

Executive Director: Kraig Burleson

Staff: Kraig Burleson-CEO, Paul Dunne-Executive Director of Development

Catering: Tony Rosacci's

Entertainment: Conjunto Colores and The Hazel Miller Band

Music: Salsa and Soul

Of note: Ten percent of all jewelry and art sales benefited ICHC

Sponsors: UBS, Haselden Construction, LLC, CTAM-Cruises, Tours & More, Jazz 89 KUVO, Phoenix Visual Arts, Funjet Vacations, Comcast, Swan Taylor Denver, Tony Rosacci's, Metro Community Provider Network (MCPN), The Kenneth King Foundation, Wells Fargo, Advanced Voice Technologies, The Children’s Hospital, The ICHC Board of Directors, JohnstonWells, Inc., St. Anthony’s Health Foundation, David Barnes of Scenographics, Will and Jane Barnes, Hunt and Pamela Holsomback, Jim and Paula Shira, Mark and Paulla Shira

Menu: Latin American appetizers and salsa bar, Soul food Buffet

Attendance: 250

Attire: Business Formal, Cocktail

Special Thanks: Miss Teen Colorado USA, Blair Griffith

Hors D'Oeuvres:: Latin American favorites


Event Coordinator: Chandra Al-Khafaji and Paul Dunne

Board of Directors: James “Jim” Shira, M.D. - President, William “Will” Barnes, J.D. - Vice President, Hunt Holsomback, C.P.A. – Secretary, Christine J. Bess, John Forney, D.D.S, Brinda D. Herron, Edward Ho, M.D., Marisol Solarte-Erlacher, M.A., Julissa Molina Soto, Sandra Thiessen, Robert “Bob” Williams, M.D.

Blacktie Photos by: Tracy E. Hoback

 Irvin Watts with his wonderful artwork for sale at the event
Irvin Watts with his wonderful artwork for sale at the event

Tracy E. Hoback

Does dancing for charity sound like fun? Guests of the Inner City Health Center’s Salsa & Soul event would say yes as they had a blast dancing, eating, drinking and shopping at this year’s event. Mile High Station was transformed into a beautiful, tropical paradise complete with palm trees.

This hot event kicked off the evening with Conjunto Colores playing great salsa beats and giving dance lessons for guests with professional instructors. Some attendees learned new moves and some got a chance to show off their old ones. For those guests that left their dancing shoes at home, or those with two left feet, there was plenty to occupy their time.

During the salsa band attendees were treated to wonderful Latin American favorites like queso fundido and a variety of salsas as well as wonderful passed hors d’ oeuvres. Guests mixed and mingled, ate and listened to the great salsa music.

As guests mingled, volunteers sold SIZZLE tickets for $5.00 per chance. Each ticket was worth one chance to win $100,000. A guest would enter a six-digit code of their choice and if the number matched then they won the grand prize. Along with the game, attendees could purchase grab bags at either $25.00 or $50.00. These colorful bags were full of opportunities to win great items such as a Cherry Creek Valet Pass at the Cherry Creek Shopping Center, an exclusive lunch with Lieutenant Governor Jane Norton, and a variety of spa gift certificates. The grab bags were a hit and with good reason, all the proceeds benefited the Inner City Health Center.

The Inner City Health Center is a not-for-profit center that provides healthcare and welfare to those in the neighborhoods it services. The ICHC strives to improve healthcare of low-income and medically uninsured families. This organization strives to reach the following goals within a Christian atmosphere: to provide the highest quality of healthcare, allow job training and employment to residents of the neighborhoods the center services, and to create opportunities between cultural, racial, socio-economic and spiritual differences to form relationships. Through hard work and a lot of community and volunteer support the Inner City Health Center has been able to help many families in the Denver Metro area as well as through out the state of Colorado.

Because the ICHC is such a worthy cause, several local artists brought their beautiful pieces of fine art and jewelry to sell. For each painting or piece of jewelry sold, ten percent of the sale was donated to the organization. Now that is shopping for a good cause.

This Salsa & Soul event invited guests not only to have a good time and raise awareness for the organization, but also to thank individuals for their support.

This year the ICHC presented Dr. Gary Vander Ark with the first annual Founders Award. This award is given to an individual who has demonstrated deep commitment to non-profits in Denver, someone who gives so much of him or herself to help organizations including the Inner City Health Center to grow and prosper.

To help present this award was Dr. Jim Shira-Board President, Kraig Burleson-CEO of Inner City Health Center, and Miss Colorado Teen USA-Blair Griffith. Bazi Kanani of 9News came to emcee this event and to show her support. The ICHC thanked the event chairs Scottie Taylor Iverson and Lt. Governor Jane Norton. A representative for the Lt. Governor read a very heartfelt letter on her behalf, as she could not attend the event. Scottie Taylor Iverson also thanked those in attendance for their continued support. The Inner City Health Center presented both chairs with an award for their work in putting together the event. As the award was presented and speeches were concluded the live auction began.

After the live auction it was time to get into the groove, the soul groove. The Hazel Miller Band got things going. The soul food buffet featured goodies like pulled pork, chicken gumbo with dirty rice, cheese grits, and apple butterscotch crisp. Some guests lined up for the buffet and some hit the dance floor. The Hazel Miller Band filled the room with great music and true soul up until the end of the evening. All proceeds benefit the Inner City Health Center. For more information, please visit

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