Choose Your Team
Event Planning

Captured Event

October 03, 2012 - 8th Annual Archbishop Jose H. Gomez Gala

What: The annual gala is to honor individuals for their work in the community and benefit Centro San Juan Diego.

Where: Sheraton Downtown

When: Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Time: Reception starts 5:30 p.m.

Ticket Prices: $150.00

Beneficiary: Centro San Juan Diego

Master of Ceremonies: Dr. Jonathan Reyes, President and CEO Catholic Charities, Archdiocese of Denver

Honoree(s): Juan Esquivel, Jorge Camacho, Dr. Delio Tamayo, Jim Newland, Andy Newland.

EMCEE: Dr. Jonathan Reyes

Honorary Chairperson(s): Mary Morroni

Co-Chair(s): Peter Droege, Romaine Pacheco

Executive Director: Luis H. Soto is director of Hispanic Ministry for the Archdiocese of Denver.

Committee Members: Alfonso Lara, Carlos R. Hernandez, E. Martín Enriquez, Esq. Holly Shilliday, Esq. Jennie Marquez, Jenny Kraska, Jorge Paredes, Kathleen M. Lindas, Luis H. Soto, Mary Ann Solano Shing, Msgr. Bernard Schmitz, Msgr. Jorge De los Santos Sr., Alicia Cuarón, Wendy Feliz

Staff: Jennie Marquez, Wendy Feliz,

Invocation: Msgr. Jorge De los Santos, Vicar for Hispanic Ministry, Archdiocese of Denver

Welcome: Luis H. Soto, executive director, Centro San Juan Diego

Speaker: Most Rev. Samuel J. Aquila, S.T.L. Archbishop of Denver

Libations: J. A. Balistreri Vineyards

Sponsors: JP Creative Group, RJ&L, Saeman Foundation, BRI, Queen of Peace Church, Regis, St. Thomas More, Wells Fargo, Sisters of St. Francis, Academy Roofing Inc, Janet and Peter Droege, Archdiocese of Denver, Mortuary and Cemeteries, Catholic Charities, Entravision Communications, Hercules Industries, Inc., Innovest Portfolio Solutions, LLC., Lisa and Tom Heule, Marilyn and Pete Coors, Mary and Craig Morroni, MDS Resources, Snell & Wilmer LLP, Solera National Bank

Menu: Local field greens, roasted pears, Sedona blue cheese, pear vinaigrette Freshly baked french and ciabatta rolls and sweet creamery butter, Duet- Tournedo of Beef, with a pinot demi glace and Cedar Roasted Salmon served with white cheddar mashed potatoes and sauteed greens, swiss chard, spinach and mustard greens - Pre Set Carrot Cake, Carrot Ginger Syrup, Mascarpone Whipped Cream

Attire: Evening attire

Special Thanks: Dr. Jonathan Reyes, president and CEO of Catholic Charities and the executive director of Social Ministry for the Archdiocese of Denver.

Hors D'Oeuvres:: Sheraton Hotel

Florist: The Little Flower Market

Decor/Rental Company: Sheraton Hotel

Blacktie Photos by: Jan McNutt

 Bishop James Conley, left, Archbishop of Denver Most Rev. Samuel Aquila, Juan and Isidra Esquivel and Luis Soto
Bishop James Conley, left, Archbishop of Denver Most Rev. Samuel Aquila, Juan and Isidra Esquivel and Luis Soto

Honoring the Centro San Juan Diego, Archdiocese of Denver

Each year the Archdiocese of Denver recognizes businesses and individuals who have acted above and beyond religious beliefs to enact extraordinary acts of kindness and generosity to their community. This year’s recipients, at the 8th annual Archbishop Jose H. Gomez Gala, the Archbishop’s Chaput Award for Leadership in the Business Place went to four well deserving members.

Juan Esquivel from St. Mary of the Crown, Carbondale, Colorado, received the Pastoral Leadership Award. Esquivel has been instrumental in encouraging and motivating members of the Spanish Charismatic Group. He actively encourages the group to participate in community activities, focusing on those in need during the Christmas season and the elderly in nursing homes.

Jorge Camacho, Ascension Catholic Parish, Denver, was awarded the Social Justice Leadership Award. Camacho makes himself available to the parish community by providing information and resources to educate the community. He has served as the link between the Hispanic community in the parish while reaching out to local organizations such as the police department, schools, consulates and civic organizations.

Dr. Delio Tamayo received the Special “Amistad” Award for his continuous support to Centro San Juan Diego.

Hercules Industries, owned and managed by the Newland Family of Denver received the Archbishop Charles J.Chaput Leadership Award for their legal team, Alliance for Defending Freedom, which won the first round in a nationwide legal battle to keep the federal government from forcing Americans to violate their religious beliefs when providing employees mandated health insurance.

Guests arrived at the gala with sparkle in their dress and eyes. Attendees were Denver members and supporters of the Archdiocese of Denver and Catholic Charities. The large group gathered in the grand ballroom at the downtown Sheraton Hotel for cocktails, mingling and browsing the silent auction items. The silent auction items were artfully displayed for eye-catching bids. Religious art took center stage with hand crafted iconic paintings, carvings, sculpture and photography. 

It was a triumphant evening for the Archdiocese of Denver, as the attendees made their way around the auction items then politely segued into the exquisitely decorated ballroom, for the evening’s keynote speaker, the Most Rev. Samuel J. Aquila, the Archbishop of Denver.

Founded in 2003 by Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M., Cap., the mission of Centro San Juan Diego, the Hispanic Institute for Family and Pastoral Care, is to empower Hispanics in the Archdiocese of Denver through education, so they become faithful and integrated leaders in the Catholic Church and in the society. The mission of Centro San Juan Diego is accomplished through two main venues: Pastoral Services and Family Services.

Centro San Juan Diego is the Hispanic Institute for Family and Pastoral Care for the Archdiocese of Denver.

Centro’s main objective is to provide all the necessary tools to Hispanic immigrants to integrate into American society through empowerment, education and leadership. Using a holistic approach, the mission of Centro San Juan Diego is accomplished through two main venues, pastoral services and family services in an attempt to cover all aspects of the human person.

To learn more about Centro San Juan Diego, Archdiocese of Denver, please go to or phone 303-295-9470. 


See More Past Events