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September 10, 2009 - Fiesta! Clinica Tepeyac Celebrates 15 Years

What: Fiesta on the Plaza

Where: Infinity Park Events Center

When: Thursday, September 10, 2009

Time: 5:30 p.m.

Beneficiary: Clinica Tepeyac

Mistress of Ceremonies: Anne Trujillo, Denver’s 7 News anchor

Honoree(s): Rose Community Foundation and family therapist Barbara Ford

Honorary Chairperson(s): Pat Cortez and Manuel Martinez, Jesse Ogas, Hope Salazar, Christopher and Mary Beth Urbina

Executive Director: David Lack, Executive Director; Jim Williams, MD, Medical Director

Committee Members: Chair: Yolanda Ortega, Co-Chair: Lucille Rivera, Sherry Edmond, Jim Garcia, David Lack, Renee Lovato, Jeff Martinez, Nancy Sneath

Staff: Sherry Edmond, Julie Becker, Rachel Scott, Merida Carmona, Tracy Pineda, Cecilia Apodaca, Vicky Santos, Marlene Valadez, Amy Hansen, PA-C, Darren Roth, PA-C, Oswaldo Lozano, Bianca Rocha, Maritsa Contreras, Alejandrina Padilla, Claudia Parra, Tatiana Sandoval, Rosana Santiesteban, Patricia Urias, Sandra Garcia

Invocation: Father Marshall Gourley

Sponsors: Sponsors: ARC Thrift Stores; Colorado Capital Bank; The Colorado Trust; COPIC Insurance; D.C. General Services, Inc.; Excelcomm Commercial Advisors; Holland & Hart, LLP; Metropolitan State College of Denver; Mission Yogurt, Inc.; PAETEC; Saint Joseph Hospital; St. Anthony’s Central Hospital; St. Anthony’s North Hospital; Shaw Construction; In-Kind Sponsors: Ideal Image Printing; Univisión Colorado; Videography provided by Sky Focus Pictures; Photography provided by Prana Productions

Menu: Passed Hors d’oeuvres: beef taquitos with creamy dipping salsa; blackened chicken sate with remoulade; chorizo, poblano & black bean mushrooms; meatballs in chipotle cream sauce; beef empanadas with creamy salsa artichoke and sundried tomato chimichanga; Salsa/Quesadilla station: flour tortilla chips; salsa verde with avocado; tomatio pepper salsa; pico de gallo; warm Mexican chorizo dip; Morita pepper salsa; wild mushroom and manchego quesadillas with spicy mustard sauce; roasted corn quesadilla pieces with grilled poblano peppers and green onions, served with sour cream chicken and pepperjack quesadilla with creamy salsa dip; Fajita station: chicken or beef fajitas sautéed; peppers and onions; flour tortillas; pork; green and vegetarian green Chile; pinto beans and Spanish rice; Dessert station: fresh fruit display; pumpkin cheesecake squares with ginger snap crust; Mexican wedding cookies; Mexican brownie lollipops - decadent cinnamon chocolate brownies dipped in chocolate ganache and served on a Popsicle stick

Attendance: 400-plus

Attire: Business casual

Board of Directors: Donna Goldin, President; Jesse Ogas, Vice President; Dan Euell, Secretary; Barbara Carveth, Treasurer; Jim García, Past President; Estevan Flores, M.D; Sandra Haynes, Ph.D.; Dick Heiney, D.C.; Chuck Javernick; Diane Miller; Dickie Montemayor; Ann Murphy; Vernon L. Naake, M.D.; Yolanda Ortega; Rolando Salinas; Nancy Sneath, MSW, LCSW; Lynne Wright

Blacktie Photos by: Danielle Corriveau

 Outstanding Volunteer Award Winnter Barbara Ford laughs with Board of Directors member Dan Euell
Outstanding Volunteer Award Winnter Barbara Ford laughs with Board of Directors member Dan Euell

Fifteen years ago Jim Garcia turned a humble suggestion of bringing in a nurse once a week to help parishioners with health care needs into a clinic that now tallies more than 12,000 patient visits per year. In celebration of its crystal anniversary Clínica Tepeyac hosted Fiesta on the Plaza, an event as sweet as the red roses—the essence of Our Lady of Guadalupe—that adorned the room. Hundreds of supporters, donors, and volunteer medical personnel came out to cheer the agency's success.  

At the time, it turned out to be a blessing Garcia was between jobs. His personal transition allowed him to dedicate hundreds of hours to recruiting volunteers. With focused determination, he led a team from the church in transforming a ramshackle house into a health clinic that is a shining star of care in Denver’s community. Since 1994, Clínica Tepeyac has provided outpatient care and preventive health programs to tens of thousands of uninsured individuals across the Front Range. For many, it is a critical safety net.  

“It was God’s hand at work,” shared Gloria Garcia, Jim’s wife, in the video shown at Fiesta. She shares in the success of the vision, as she also put countless hours into launching the clinic.
In 2006, Clínica Tepeyac purchased and renovated a north Denver clinic. The acquisition tripled the agency’s space. In 2007, the agency more than doubled its number of patient visits. Today the clinic is located at 5075 Lincoln Street, is open Monday through Friday, and offers an array of services ranging from prenatal care to physical exams; from immunizations for adults and children to care for acute illnesses.
Sharing in the joy of 15 years of outstanding commitment and contribution was only part of the deliciousness of the evening. The celebration included honoring Rose Community Foundation as the agency’s 2009 Outstanding Community Partner and Barbara Ford with the Jim and Gloria Garcia Founders Award for Outstanding Volunteer Service. Reds and greens of savory salsas and quesadillas comprised the fiesta fare. The Latin rhythms of La Quinta Nota added to the festive flavor.
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