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June 09, 2007 - Clinica Tepeyac's Fiesta on the Plaza a Festive Event

What: A fiesta to help forge the future of a healthy community

Where: Belmar Center

When: Saturday, June 9, 2007

Time: 6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Ticket Prices: Individual Tickets $75 each, Table of 10 - $750

Beneficiary: Clinica Tepeyac - "A Gateway To Health For The Uninsured"

Host(s): Clinica Tepeyac

Grand Marshal(s): Jim Garcia and Dave Lack

EMCEE: CBS4 News reporter Michelle Griego

Gala Chairperson(s): Jim Garia and Lucille Ruibal

Honorary Chairperson(s): Wells Fargo Bank Vice President Pat Cortez and husband Manuel Martinez

Founders: Jim Garcia

Executive Director: Dave Lack

Committee Members: Sherry Edmond, Anthony Garcia, Gloria Padilla de Garcia, Donna Goldin, David Lack, Jeff Martinez, Yolanda Ortega, Rebecca Shonebaum, Nancy Sneath, Brenda Vasquez, Maya Vigil

President(s): Jim Garcia

Staff: David Lack, Sherry Edmond, Maya Vigil, Rebecca Schonebaum, Ann Schumacher, M.D., Amy Hansen, Oswaldo Lorano, Cecilia Apodaca, Araceli Tornero, Vicki Santos, Alejandrina Padilla, Guadalupe Rubio, Patricia Urias, Claudia Parra, Delia Gonzalez, Gloria Sanchez, Erica Nees

Introductions: Sister Lydia Mena

Entertainment: Grupo Flamenco Maria Vasquez

Music: The Trio Encantada: Jesse Ogas with Yolanda Ortega and Dee Burleson

Sponsors: Great West; Wells Fargo Bank; Univision Colorado; Ideal Image Printing; McKesson Health Solutions; Metro State College; Shaw Construction; St. Anthony Hospitals; ACS; CM Mitchell Consulting Corporation; D.C. General Services, Inc; eLoyalty Corporation; Excelcomm Commercial Advisors; Holland and Hart, LLP; Holme, Roberts & Owen; Kiewit Construction; Sage Hospitality; Saint Joseph Hospital Foundation & Exempla Saint Joseph Hospital; TeleTech; The Colorado Trust; Trizetto; Mark Cardova; Walt & Georgia Imhoff; Sharon Magness Blake; J.E. Dunn Construction; Joan Lucas Real Estate Services

Auctioneer: Paul Bear

Attire: Evening attire, business formal or cocktail attire

Florist: Lehrer's Flowers


Board of Directors: Jim Garcia - Founder/Board President; Donna A. Golden - Vice President; Rolla "Mac" Bryant - Board Treasurer; M. Beth Elland - Board Secretary; Brenda Vasquez - Past President; Mario Carrera, Barbara Carveth, Steve Gutierrez, Chuck Javernick, Dick Heiney, Ramon Montoya, Vernon L. Naake M.D., Jesse Ogas, Yolanda Ortega, Nancy Sneath

Blacktie Photos by: Howie Grapek

 Mimi Saavedra, M.D. (Left) receives the Jim and Gloria Garcia Founders' Award.  Behind Mimi is Gloria Padilla de Garcia and Jim Garcia
Mimi Saavedra, M.D. (Left) receives the Jim and Gloria Garcia Founders' Award. Behind Mimi is Gloria Padilla de Garcia and Jim Garcia

By Howie Grapek

Organizers from Clinica Tepeyac honored those helping the 13-year-old nonprofit health clinic "forge the future of a healthy community" in a festive fundraiser Saturday evening, June 9. The recognition took place during the organization's annual Fiesta on the Plaza fundraiser at the Belmar Events Center in Lakewood.

Clinica Tepeyac's board of directors and staff saluted the efforts of the organization's caring partners and volunteers, including the Susan G. Komen Foundation for the Cure, which was presented with the clinic's 2007 Outstanding Community Partner Award. Clinic Volunteer Dr. Mimi Saveedra was also honored for her services via the 2007 Founders' Award for Outstanding Volunteer Service. Special recognition was shared with Cecelia Canales, host of Clinica Tepeyac's weekly health-focused radio show, "El Salud es Primero", which airs 8 to 9 a.m. Saturday mornings on KMXA 1090-AM. Clinica Tepeyac also saluted the efforts of Dick and Eric Heiney, the owners of DC General Services, the construction firm responsible for the major renovation of the organization's new 3,800 square-foot health clinic in Globeville.

Hosted for the first time by CBS4 News reporter Michelle Griego, Clinica Tepeyac's "Fiesta On the Plaza: Forging the Future of a Healthy Community" was an inspiration-filled evening with dinner, dancing, spectacular silent and live auctions and entertainment. The event's honorary chairs were Wells Fargo Bank Vice President Pat Cortez and her husband Manuel Martinez, a partner with the firm Holmes, Roberts and Owens, LLC. Additional financial support for the event was provided by Wells Fargo Bank. The event's official media sponsor is Univision Colorado. Proceeds from the event, including the silent and live auctions, will go directly to the provision of medical services and health education to families throughout metro Denver.

Entering its second decade, Clinica Tepeyac was founded in 1994 by parishioners of Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church. Located at 5075 Lincoln St., Clinica Tepeyac offers more than 30 hours of patient visits each week for men, women and teens. In 2006 alone, Clínica Tepeyac provided services to over 10,000 men, women and children! This year's event raised over $100,000 and the live auction raised $17,000.

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