November 09, 2012 - Mi Casa Path to Prosperity Breakfast
What: Mi Casa Award Celebration
Where: Denver Art Museum, Ponti Hall
When: Friday, November 9, 2012
Time: 8:30 a.m.
Mistress of Ceremonies: Ana Cabrera, 7News Morning Anchor
Sponsors: Southwest Airlines, Edward Jones, Entravision, PCL Construction Enterprises, Colorado State Bank and Trust, Pinnacol Assurance, The Colorado Trust, Cesco Linguistics, Denver Health
Board of Directors: Benita Duran (Board President); Thomas Wright (Board Vice-President); Luis Vendoza (Treasurer);Inez Davis (Secretary); Ana Cabrera; Jorge Chalit; Richard Gonzales; Patricia Lepiani; Rafael Medina; James Perez Foster; Mary Ricketson; Deborah Quintana; Debbie Trujillo;
Blacktie Photos by: Carol Burkett
Senator Pat Steadman, left, with Justice Monica Marquez and Speaker Mark Ferrandino
The Denver Art Museum was bustling early as preparations for the Mi Casa Path to Prosperity Breakfast were completed. 300 guests were welcomed by Ana Cabrera, 7News anchor. Ana Cabrera introduced Benita Duran, the Mi Casa board president, who talked about the impact of Latinos in Colorado. Mi Casa is one of the oldest Latino focused nonprofits in Colorado. Established 36 years ago, Mi Casa strives to improve the economic success of Latino and other working families in Colorado. Mi Casa achieves this goal through career and entrepreneurial programs, youth programs and family development services.
Benita Duran introduced newly appointed Speaker of the Colorado House, Mark Ferrandino, who was featured this week in the Denver Post and The New York TImes. He talked about Mi Casa's role in District 2, his district and its broader role in Colorado. Senator Mark Udall congratulated Mark on his new appointment and he talked about the very difficult summer experienced by those living in Colorado. Coloradoans, however, rose to the occasion and were moving forward.
Christine Marquez-Hudson, the CEO of Mi Casa, talked about Mi Casa's exciting plans for the futture. Brenda Perez, a graduate of the Mi Casa bilingual teller program, talked about her lack of focus and interest during high school, but after completing this program, her future plans include college and a graduate degree.
Laura Sonderup, from Hispanidad, a local Hispanic marketing firm, described working with the Mi Casa staff and encouraged those present to give genrously.
For further information about Mi Casa and it's many programs, please check out their website at: www.micasaresourcecenter.org