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October 06, 2007 - It is Fiesta Time For Hispanic Chamber Education Foundation!

What: 12th Annual Fiesta Colorado

Where: Colorado Convention Center

When: October 6th, 2007

Time: 5 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.

Ticket Prices: Tables: $1,500 for members, $2,000 for non-members. Individual tickets: $100 for members and $150 for non-members

Beneficiary: Hispanic Chamber Education Foundation

Master of Ceremonies: Luis Canela - Univision Colorado

Co-Chair(s): Timothy Marques - CEO and Chairman of the Board of both Venoco, Inc. and Marquez Energy and Bernadette Marquez, who manages a corporate giving program she established in 1998.

President(s): Jeffrey Campos

Staff: Erika Reyes - Director, Programs & Education Foundation; Stephen Hazel - CEO; Estella Juarez - Manager of Marketing; Margarita Garcia - Special Assistant to the President; Renee Sadler - Manager, HR and Accounting; Ann Bayles - Vice President, Marketing & Communications; Monica Rodriguez - Membership Coordinator; Patty Mejia - Vice President, Membership; Prescilla Otero-DiPaola - Business Development Director H.O.W. Program/Denver's Road Home; Kaleb Jensen - Intern, Marketing and Communcations; Lorena Maldonado - Intern, Programs and Education Foundation; Rebecca Gartner - Intern, Business Development

Entertainment: Carlos Oscar

Music: Conjunto Colores

Sponsors: Budlight; Entertainment sponsored by: Money Gram International; Hispanic Media Sponsors: Entravision Communications, Univision Colorado, Telefutura; Excellence in Education Awards: Allstate, BW&E, Colon Collawn; Latina Leadership Award in Honor of Juana Bordas: American Facilities Group, Inc.; Scholarship Sponsors: Chase, Stapleton Forest City Development, Gay and Lesbian Fund of Colorado, United Healthcare; Décor Sponsor, CH2MHILL; Chrysler, US Bank, Rocky Mountain PBS, Delphic Investigative Services, KUVO Jazz 89, CHAFA;

Quote of the evening: Mayor John Hickenlooper during his opening speech said "I will not speak Spanish. Last time I tried I think I said 'The water here is no good.'"

Attendance: 1,000

Attire: Black tie, business professional

Board of Directors: Luis Colón - Chairman, City & County of Denver; Denise Maes - Chair-Elect, Berenbaum Weinshienk & Eason, PC; Martha Rubi - Past Chair, Paginas Amarillas de Colorado; Jeffrey M. Campos - President, Denver Hispanic Chamber of Commerce; Don Pacheco - Treasurer, AXA Advisors; Patricia Barela Rivera, U.S. Small Business Administration; Mario Carrera, Entravision Communication Corp.; John Chavarria, Coca-Cola; Nolbert Chavez, Capitol Success Group; Steve DelCastillo, Kaiser Permanente-Colorado; Greg Feasel, Colorado Rockies Baseball Club; Mario Hernandez, Western Union; Christine Johnson, Community College of Denver; Michelle Leach, Perspectiva; Monique Lovato, Xcel Energy; Larry Martinez, Glaxo Smith Kline; Juan Carlos Mendoza, Acting Consul General of Mexico; Keith Montoya, Doc 1 Solutions; Daniel Ortiz, Petra Company; Ric Padilla, Qwest Communications; Tim Padilla, Wells Fargo Bank; Carlos Rocabado, Seguros Ideal; Ron Schnur, Coors Brewing Company; Gary Schraufnagel, American Family Insurance; Elizabeth Suarez, Avanza Business Group; Debbie Trujillo, KeyBank; Ginny Williams, Xcelente Webb

Blacktie Photos by: John DiTirro


It was fiesta time and the Colorado Convention Center was hoppin'!

The 12th annual Hispanic Chamber Education Foundation was held at the Colorado Convention Center on October 6 with this years theme: BAILANDO CON LAS ESTRELLAS, which means Dancing with the Stars.

The evening definitely was a fiesta, from the auction items to the entertainment and everything in between. If you are a sports buff, the silent auction had everything from items from professional athletes in the Denver area to even an autographed Brett Favre jersey. If sports is not your thing, you had a huge selection of restaurants, vacation getaways and while away, why not have the house decorated with some of the items that every homeowner would want.

The evening started with North High School presenting the Color Guard and being backed up by the talented singers from West High School singing the national anthem. The Chamber awarded scholarships to outstanding students in the Denver Metro Area. There were a total of sixteen scholarships awarded. Criteria for the scholarships included:

  • Commitment to education in the Denver area within the Latino community
  • Educational involvement and outreach in the community

There was also the Latina Leadership award, in honor of Juana Bordas. Criteria for this award (Circle of Latina Leadership alumnae only) required that the winner possess the following criteria:

  • Practicing the leadership principles taught in the Circle of Latina Leadership program
  • Significant impact in the Hispanic community

The winner of that award was Monique Lovato of Xcel Energy.

Guests were entertained by the professional dancers who made the dance floor sizzle with the salsa music. Well-known comedian Carlos Oscar had the guests laughing with his comedy. After dinner, the band Conjunto Colores was responsible for the salsa and Latin jazz music that made everyone get up and dance.

The HCEF has three areas of focus: education, leadership and mentoring. Every year, students are awarded scholarships to colleges, universities or vocational schools. This year, the HCEF has partnered with CU’s School of Education and their BUENO Center for Multicultural Education to provide a GED program to the Denver community.

If you are interested in joining the Denver Hispanic Chamber of Commerce or would just like more information please log onto the website or call 303-534-7783.

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