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September 29, 2012 - Clinica Tepeyac Fiesta 2012

What: The Clinica Tepeyac Fiesta is a celebration of culture and life, which raises money to benefit Clinica Tepeyac's programs and wellness initiatives.

Where: National Western Stadium Arena

When: Saturday, September 29, 2012

Time: 5:30 - 9:30 p.m.

Ticket Prices: Individual Tickets $100

Beneficiary: Clinica Tepeyac

Honoree(s): Mental Health America Colorado, Community Partner Award; Chris Chrisman, Jim and Gloria Garcia Founders Award for Outstanding Volunteer Service

EMCEE: Belen De Leon and Gregg Moss of 9 News

Honorary Chairperson(s): Denver Mayor Michael Hancock, Aurora Mayor Steve Hogan and Becky Hogan, The Honorable Ken Salazar and Hope Hernandez-Salazar, The Honorable Federico Pena and Cindy Pena, Ron and Naomi Montoya, Mario and Irma Carrera, Max and Elaine Appel and Terry Minger

Executive Director: Jim Garcia

Committee Members: Patricia Barela Rivera, Rep. Crisanta Duran, Ron and Naomi Montoya, Brenda and Gilbert Vasquez, Larry and Michelle Trujillo, Dr. Patty Baca, Dr. Steve and Ruth Jordan, Nita Gonzales, Councilwoman Judy Montero, Nolbert Chavez and Cindy Pena.

President(s): Dan Euell

Invocation: Sister Lydia Peña

Welcome: Jim Garcia, Executive Director/Founder

Speaker: Denver Mayor Michael Hancock

Catering: Continental Divine Catering

Entertainment: Fiesta Colorado

Music: Mariachi Sol de Mi Tierra

Sponsors: Presenting Sponsor: Piton Foundation/The Children’s Corridor. Tepeyac Sponsor: Suncor Energy. Centerpiece/Gift Sponsor: Kaiser Permanente, Wells Fargo, Rose Medical Center, Denver Health Foundation, HealthCenter at Auraria, Ellen Scott, Que Bueno Restaurant. Entertainment Sponsor: Da Vita, Federico and Cindy Peña, Metropolitan State University of Denver, Nick's Garden Center and Farm Market, The Colorado Trust, Shaw Construction, Solera National Bank, Regis University, and Walgreens

Auctioneer: Rick Roth

Menu: Fiesta iceberg wedge with black bean and corn salsa and poblano pepper ranch drizzle, cilantro lime rice, charro beans, tequila herb marinated sirloin, green chile grilled chicken breast and fresh berries with cream for dessert

Attendance: 600 +

Attire: Business Casual

Hors D'Oeuvres:: Pico de gallo stations

Board of Directors: Dan Euell, President; Darrell J Vigil, Vice President; Luis Torres, Secretary; Ann Murphy, Treasurer; Members-At-Large: Rita Axford, Estevan Flores, Nita Gonzales, David Martinez, Dickie Montemayor, Natanael Percastre; Ex-Officio members: Jim Garcia, Executive Director/Founder and Elisa G Melendez, MD, Medical Director

Blacktie Photos by: Janet Snell-Bergeon

 Phil Luna (left) with State Senator Dr. Irene Aguilar and Cecilia Flores
Phil Luna (left) with State Senator Dr. Irene Aguilar and Cecilia Flores

The Clinica Tepeyac Fiesta 2012 event featured a terrific Mexican buffet with a green chile grilled chicken breast, tequila marinated sirloin, cilantro lime rice and charro beans for dinner, followed by sweet cream and berries for dessert.  Silent and live auctions kept guests busy as they were entertained by an impressive array of Latin-flavored entertainment, including musical exerpts from Su Teatro’s highly acclaimed performance of Chicanos Sing the Blues.

Fiesta 2012 recognized Clínica Tepeyac’s contributors, affiliates and advocates whose support has helped the clinic care for more than 6,000 clients, and more than 16,000 patient visits annually. More than 600 guests, a 25% increase over prior years attendance, helped to celebrate Clínica Tepeyac’s legacy of service to the region’s under and uninsured. Staffed with the help of volunteer medical personnel, Clínica Tepeyac offers outpatient care and a host of preventive health education programs. Located in Denver’s Globeville neighborhood, Clínica Tepeyac provides medical care and mental health services for men, women, children and teens.

Since 1994, Clínica Tepeyac has provided basic and preventive health care and health education to tens of thousands of uninsured residents across the Metro Area—serving as a critical safety net for those in need and minimizing the collective impact of the uninsured on the region’s public health system.

The emcees for the evening were Gregg Moss and Belen De Leon from 9 News.  Jim Garcia, the executive director/founder gave introductory remarks, and then Terry Minger of the Piton Foundation introduced Denver Mayor Michael HancockJim Garcia presented the Community Partner Award to Mental Health America Colorado, and the Jim and Gloria Garcia Founders Award for Outstanding Volunteer Service to Chris Chrisman.  A special presentation of 'Volver, Volver' by emcee Belen De Leon from 9 News capped the evening.

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