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June 04, 2004 - Clínica Tepeyac Celebrates a Decade of Health Services

Where: Seawell Ballroom, DCPA

When: June 4, 2004

Beneficiary: Clínica Tepeyac…Serving as the gateway to health for the uninsured

Mistress of Ceremonies: Anne Trujillo, Denver's 7NEWS Anchor

Honoree(s): Sister Anne Schumacher received the Jim & Gloria Garcia Founders Award for Outstanding Volunteer Service and American Family Insurance received the Outstanding Community Partners Award

Presenting Sponsor(s): American Family Insurance and HealthONE-North Suburban

Gala Chairperson(s): Yolanda Ortega-Ericksen

Honorary Chairperson(s): Former Denver Auditor Don Mares and his wife, Ruth

Executive Director: Rosanna Reyes

Invocation: Mr. Lalo Delgado

Catering: Sonora Catering provided a buffet dinner

Entertainment: Cast of North High School's production of Zoot Suit Riots, Karen Lee Dance Theatre Youth Group

Music: Brothers Ortega, Kizumba

Sponsors: HealthOne North Suburban Medical Center, American Family Insurance, Great-West Life, St. Anthony’s Hospital, DC General Services, Kaiser Permanente, First Data Corporation, Kiewit Construction, CBIZ, Regis University, St. Joseph’s Foundation

Auctioneer: Fire Chief Larry Trujillo

Gala Production: Kelli Kindel Events, Inc.

Attendance: 395

Information: Please call 303-583-0148 or visit www.clinicatepeyac.org

Board of Directors: Brenda Vasquez, President; Lucille Ruibal, Past President; Yolanda Ortega–Ericksen, Vice President; Beth Elland, Treasurer; Jesse Ogas, Secretary; Jim Garcia, Founder; Candace Berardinelli, RN, Ph.D., Rolla "Mac" Bryant, Donna A. Goldin-Evans, Steve Gutierrez, Rita Montano, R.N., Brad Haight, Bea Montoya, Nancy Sneath, Carlos Francisco Vera, M.D.

Blacktie Photos by: Elizabeth Byrnes

 Jim Garcia with Sister Anne Schumacher and Brenda Vasquez, president of the board.  Sister Schumacher was honored with the Jim and Gloria Garcia Founders Award for Outstanding Volunteer Service.
Jim Garcia with Sister Anne Schumacher and Brenda Vasquez, president of the board. Sister Schumacher was honored with the Jim and Gloria Garcia Founders Award for Outstanding Volunteer Service.
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A Denver physician who tends to the physical and spiritual needs of the metro area's uninsured residents earned Clínica Tepeyac's highest honor on June 4, at the10th Anniversary “Fiesta on the Plaza.”

Clínica Tepeyac, a nonprofit Denver Health clinic that provides basic health services to the metro area’s medically uninsured and under-served, celebrated a decade of health care delivery with its most festive fundraiser to date.

Hosted by Anne Trujillo, 7 NEWS Anchor, the fiesta featured a fantastic dinner buffet provided by Sonora Catering, a second-to-none silent auction sponsored by Great-West Life and a live auction conducted by Fire Chief Larry Trujillo. Throughout the evening, guests were entertained with an impressive array of entertainers, including the Brothers Ortega, Kizumba, the cast of North High School's production of Zoot Suit Riots, and the Karen Lee Dance Theatre Youth Group.

Exempla/Saint Joseph Hospital Physician Sister Anne Schumacher, MD, was presented with the 2004 Jim and Gloria Garcia Founders Award for Outstanding Volunteer Service. Presented annually, the honor recognizes volunteers who advance the clinic's mission to deliver basic health services to the metro area's medically uninsured and under-served.

Schumacher was recognized alongside several other caring Clínica Tepeyac contributors during the event, including Ruth and Don Mares, former Denver Auditor, the event's honorary chairs; Elisa Melendez, former clinic manager and recent University of Colorado Medical School graduate; and American Family Insurance, which was honored as the clinic's 2004 Outstanding Community Partner.

A former U.S. Naval officer and physician, Schumacher donates hundreds of hours each year to treat the clinic's patients-an uninsured clientele. While there, she supervises the resident physicians and other medical personnel who volunteer their time-most of whom she helped recruit to the clinic.

"Sister Anne is a champion for the uninsured in this community," said Rosanna Reyes, RN, Clínica Tepeyac's Executive Director. "Her commitment, energy and guidance all are tremendous assets in the clinic's efforts to heal and empower the community."

Schumacher is also active in Clínica Tepeyac's Nuestros Milagros Youth Program, which trains the next generation of Latino health professionals by exposing area high school students to health-related careers. Schumacher mentors the students by coordinating and conducting the initiative's "Clinical Experience" component.

"We are all called to serve those in need," Schumacher told attendees. "I invite everyone here to consider how you can become involved in helping your community, using the gifts and talents that have been generously bestowed upon you through God's graciousness."

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 ramshackle house across the street from the church into a thriving health clinic to serve Metro Denver’s uninsured Latinos.

Nationally, Latinos are more likely than other ethnic groups to be uninsured and, therefore, have limited access to quality health care. Latinos in Denver are no different according to the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research, 28 percent do not have health insurance. As a result, Clínica Tepeyac plays a vital role in the health and long-term welfare of Denver’s growing Latino community.

Today, over 4,200 men, women and children throughout Metro Denver access the health services and nearly 5,000 receive education through the preventive health education programs. To accommodate the working families, Clínica Tepeyac offers 23 evening and weekend hours for patient visits each week.

Services are provided by five staff members and nearly 200 volunteer medical providers, medical and nursing students, and clerical support. Patients receive preventive screenings, immunizations, physicals, baseline diagnosis and treatment for minor illnesses. The organization also works with a network of other health care facilities to provide more intensive care and long-term chronic care.

Along with providing high quality health services, Clínica Tepeyac’s primary objective is to empower families to be proactive with regard to their own health. Three of the programs offered are the Reach and Teach Community Education, which recruits and trains bilingual community members to serve as promoters to spread messages of prevention while imparting the idea that individuals can take control of their own health; the Milagros Youth Program, which works with Latino youth to assist them in succeeding in school, exploring careers in health fields and spreading health prevention messages to other youth; and the Diabetes Management Program, which provides monthly support and education classes for individuals living with diabetes.

The event helped raised more than $75,000 for clinic programs, including those that provide direct care to local Latinos. To make a donation or to learn more about Clínica Tepeyac's provision of culturally sensitive health care and health education, call Rosanna Reyes, RN, 303-583-0148.

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