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July 11, 2007 - DHCC 2007 Golf Invitational

What: Denver Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Golf Invitational

Where: The Inverness Golf Club

When: Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Time: 6:00 a.m. registration; 7:30 a.m. shotgun start

Ticket Prices: Ace Foursome: Members - $750; Non Members - $850; Bunker Individual: Members - $200; Non Members - $250

Beneficiary: Denver Hispanic Chamber of Commerce programs and Hispanic Chamber Education Foundation

Host(s): Denver Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

Mistress of Ceremonies: Estella Juarez

EMCEE: Luis Canela, Univision Colorado

Staff: Jeff Campos, Stephen Hazel, Ann Bayles, Patty Mejia, Danny Martinez, Erika Reyes, Estella Juarez, Renee Sadler, Melissa Rojo and Monica Rodriguez

Sponsors: Golf Cart Sponsor: US Bank; Tiger Breakfast & Arnold Palmer Beverage Sponsors: Coca-Cola, Colorado Rockies; Birdie Lunch Sponsors: FirstBank, Wal*Mart; Caddie Sponsor: Staples; Tape it in Putting Green Sponsor: The Hartford; Sliceroo Driving Range Sponsor: Wells Fargo Home Mortgage; Hole in One Sponsors: Alpine Lumber, Stevinson Lexus of Lakewood, Waste Management; Tee It Up Hole Sponsors: Allstate Insurance, Denver Broncos, Comcast, Univision Colorado, HCEF, Hyatt Regency - Denver, Kroenke Sports Enterprises, Purple Martini, Rothgerber Johnson & Lyons, LLP.

Menu: Lunch buffet - mini corn tacos, soft flour tortillas and tri-colored tortilla chips accompanied with your choice of spicy ground beef or chipotle rubbed chicken with refried beans; cheddar and jack cheeses, sour cream and zesty salsa, orange jicama coleslaw; cinnamon sugar cookies and chocolate kahlua brownies

Attendance: 150

Attire: Golf attire

Board of Directors: Martha Rubi – Chair of the Board, Luis Colon – Chair-Elect, Jeffrey Campos – President, Tim Padilla – Treasurer, Denise Maes – Secretary, Patricia Barela Rivera, Mario Carrera, Nolbert Chavez, Zee Ferrufino, Faustina Carrasco, L.G. Chavez, Steve DelCastillo, Juan Marcos Gutierrez-Gonzalez, Ismael Guerrero, Christine Johnson, Monique Lovato, Larry Martinez, Don Pacheco, Maria Isquierdo, Craig Keyes, M.D, Alicia V. Mahoney, Keith Montoya, Ric Padilla, Carlos Rocabado, Suzanne Shaw, Tom Salaba and Elizabeth Suarez

Blacktie Photos by: Howie Grapek

 Tom Curley (left), DHCC President Jeff Campos, Jeff Plush and Luis Canela - sports anchor of Univision Colorado
Tom Curley (left), DHCC President Jeff Campos, Jeff Plush and Luis Canela - sports anchor of Univision Colorado

By Howie Grapek

The Denver Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (DHCC) presented the 2007 Golf Invitational on Wednesday, July 11. This tournament is an annual event serving as an opportunity for members to network out of the office and on the green at one of Denver's most beautiful and private courses, The Inverness Golf Club.  

Registration started at 6:00 a.m. with a shotgun start at 7:30. Lunch, sponsored by First Bank, and an award presentation was presented at 12:30 after everyone finished their golf rounds. The tournament format was a four player scramble. Players had the opportunity to purchase $20 mulligans and raffle tickets during registration, the proceeds of which will be used to benefit the Hispanic Chamber Education Foundation.

During the luncheon, Luis Canela, the sports anchor at Univision Colorado, raffled off prizes for the women’s longest drive, the men’s longest drive, the women’s closest to the pin and the men’s closest to the pin. Golf prizes awarded were: 1st place – a pair of Southwest Airline tickets anywhere they fly; 2nd place - $150 gift certificate; 3rd place - $100 gift certificate; last place – tickets to a Rockies game and a set of shot glasses; Men’s Longest Drive – Oakley sunglasses; Women's Longest Drive – A golf bag; Men's Closest to the Pin - wedge golf club; Women's Closest to the Pin - women's wedge golf club; Putting Green Contest – a new putter.  

The door prizes presented during lunch were donated from a number of member organizations. Some of these prizes included two Southwest airline tickets, a Todd Helton autographed bat, a Matt Holliday autographed bat, a Jeff Frances autographed baseball, a Brad Hawpe autographed poster, a Rapids autographed soccer ball, an Avalanche autographed hockey stick, one night stay at The Curtis Hotel, one night stay and breakfast at The Westin Tabor Center; one night stay and dinner at The Hyatt Regency; one night stay and breakfast at The Marriott City Center and dinner for two at The Palm Restaurant.

A good time was had by all and it was a wonderful day, successful in raising funds and awareness for the DHCC. The mission of the DHCC is to promote and advance the growth of Hispanic business. The DHCC is guided by a vision of building a vibrant & prosperous Hispanic business community. 

The DHCC is a membership driven organization comprised of small-business owners, corporate representatives, community leaders, and association members representing various professions. With over 1,400 members, DHCC is the state's largest minority chamber, one of the top four chambers of commerce in metro Denver.  Not only does the DHCC give small businesses viability in the business community, it gives them a voice, unity and strength. For more information about the DHCC, Please visit

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