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June 14, 2008 - Fun-Filled Fiesta on the Plaza

What: 14th annual Clínica Tepeyac Fiesta on the Plaza

Where: Belmar Center

When: Saturday, June 14, 2008

Time: 6:00 p.m.

Beneficiary: Clínica Tepeyac - A Gateway To Health For The Uninsured

Mistress of Ceremonies: Michelle Griego - News4, Colorado

Honoree(s): Dr. Naake - 2008 Founders Award for Outstanding Volunteer Service; Recognition of the Melendez Family for helpng to make "Tortillas for Tepeyac" one of Clínica's favorite annual events.

Co-Chair(s): Jim Garcia, Pat Cortez and Manuel Martinez

Executive Director: David Lack

Committee Members: Julie Becker, Denise Delgado, Sherry Edmond, Marcia Lena Hernandez, Chuck Javernick, David Lack, Jeff Martinez, Nancy Sayre, Jesse Ogas, Yolanda Ortega, Nancy Sneath and Brenda Vasquez

President(s): Donna A. Goldin

Staff: David Lack, Sherry Edmond, Denise Delgado, Julie Becker, Cecillia Apodaca, Vicki Santos, Oswaldo Lozano, Alejandira Padilla, Claudia Parra, Tatiana Sandoval, Patricia Urias, Martisa Contreras, Bianca Rocha, Amy Hansen, Marlene Valdez, James William, M.D.

Invocation: Sister Lydia Pena

Music: "America the Beautiful" - Trio Encantada - Dee Burleson, Yolanda Ortega and Jesse Ogas; Jorge Manuel and La Quinta Nota

Sponsors: Aztec Sponsors - Burt Automotive, Correa's International Co., Inc., Great West, Wells Fargo Bank; Media Sponsor - Univision Colorado; Printing Sponsor - Ideal Image Printing; Maya Sponsor - Mission Yogurt, Inc.; VIP Reception Sponsor - Point B Solutions Group; Friends of Tepeyac - Archdiocese of Denver; Inca Sponsors - ACS, D.C. General Services, Inc., Excelcomm Commercial Advisors, Inc., Health Center at Auraria, Holland & Hart, LLP, Holme, Roberts & Owen, LLP, Kiewit Construction, Metropolitan State College of Denver, St. Anthony Central Hospital, St. Anthony North Hospital, St. Joseph Hospital Foundation & Exempla St. Joseph Hospital, Shaw Construction, The Colorado Trust, The Trizetto Group

Auctioneer: Adam Kevil

Quote of the evening: "We're no longer what people think of when they hear the term 'safety net' clinic. Instead, Clínica Tepeyac has become what people envision when they think of an innovative primary care practice serving working families" -- Jesse Ogas

Menu: Buffet of Mexican delights

Attendance: 500

Attire: Business

Board of Directors: Donna A. Goldin, Jesse Ogas, Barbara Carveth, Chuck Javernick, Jim García, Rolla "Mac" Bryant, CPA , Mario Carrera, Steve Gutierrez, Sandra Haynes, Ph.D., Dick Heiney, Diane Miller, Vernon Naake, M.D., Yolanda Ortega, Nancy Sneath, MSW, LCSW

Blacktie Photos by: Howie Grapek


 The honorary chairs of the evening - Manuel Martinez and Pat Cortez
The honorary chairs of the evening - Manuel Martinez and Pat Cortez

By Howie Grapek

The friends of Clínica Tepeyac had their "fiesta" June 14, with their fun fueling good health for thousands of Denver area residents. Over 500 supporters of the Denver-based health clinic celebrated the agency, its services and the overall salud (health) of the community during the annual "Fiesta on the Plaza: One Community... Healthy and Strong" fundraiser.

Hosted by CBS4's Michelle Griego and presented by Great West Life, Wells Fargo Bank, Correas International, the Burt Automotive Group and Univision Colorado, "Fiesta on the Plaza" featured dinner, spectacular silent and live auctions and entertainment by Jorge Manuel and La Quinta Nota.
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The event's organizers honored Clínica Tepeyac's key community supporters, who have helped the clinic serve over 20,000 patients annually -- a number which has doubled in the past year.

Honorees included Exempla Saint Joseph Hospital's Diagnostic Imaging Department, which has helped Clínica Tepeyac's medical professionals care for clients by offering standard X-Ray, imaging and special services; Dr. Vernon Naake, a volunteer physician and board member who oversees a monthly OB/GYN clinic; and Benito and Celia Melendez, whose family helps the clinic raise funds during its annual "Tortillas for Tepeyac" event.

Organizers also used the Fiesta as a platform to highlight the innovative and culturally sensitive approach to health care that the agency has become known for since its 1994 inception.

Clínica Tepeyac was born out of a vision of leaders of Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in 1995. After witnessing the critical need for affordable and culturally appropriate health care, hundreds of volunteers transformed a ramshackled house across the street from the church into a thriving health clinic to serve Metro Denver's uninsured Latinos.

Today, over 20,000 men, women and children throughout Metro Denver access Clínica Tepeyac's health services and nearly 5,000 receive education through their preventive health education programs.

To accommodate working families, Clínica Tepeyac offers [daytime,] evening and weekend hours for patient visits each week.  Services are provided by [paid] staff members and nearly [100] volunteer medical providers, medical and nursing students, and clerical support. Patients receive [the full range of primary care], preventive screenings, immunizations, physicals, baseline diagnosis [, acute care] and treatment for minor illnesses. Clínica Tepeyac also works with a network of other health care facilities to provide more intensive care and long-term chronic care.

For more information, please visit: http://www.clinicatepeyac.org.

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