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Viva Clinica Tepeyac at Fiesta on the Plaza

July 22, 2008
Viva Clínica Tepeyac at Fiesta on the Plaza By Joanne Davidson Denver Post Society Editor Article Last Updated: 07/01/2008 11:18:29 PM MDT Clinica Tepeyac founder Jim Garcia, center, with Nanette and Richard Olona. ( Photo by David Zalubowski, Special to The Denver Post )Cliníca Tepeyac was founded on the premise that a healthy community is a productive community, and 14 years after its start a loyal cadre of supporters — many of them volunteers — is making it possible for the nonprofit headed by David Lack to continue offering medical care to those in often desperate need. Several of those key supporters were honored at the recent Fiesta on the Plaza, a dinner, dance and auction held at Lakewood's Belmar Events Center. Exempla St. Joseph Hospital's Diagnostic Imaging Department was thanked for its contribution of providing X-ray and other medical imaging services that help Clínica's medical professionals make accurate diagnoses. Dr. Vernon Naake, a volunteer Seen Gallery View additional pictures from the Fiesta on the Plaza in this exclusive "Seen" gallery. physician and board member, received kudos for his oversight of a monthly OB/GYN clinic; and Benito and Celia Melendez were recognized for leading a family effort every year in preparing tortillas for another Clínica fundraiser, "Tortillas for Tepeyac." Jim Garcia and parishioners from Our Lady of Guadalupe Church founded Clínica Tepeyac in 1994. What was initially a grassroots effort has now grown to the point where some 20,000 patients are served annually, a number that has doubled over the past 12 months. CBS4's Michelle Griego was mistress of ceremonies for "Fiesta on the Plaza: One Community, Healthy and Strong." Presenting sponsors were Great West Life, Wells Fargo Bank, Correas International, the Burt Automotive Group and Univision Colorado; entertainment was by Dueto Contraste. This and that Adam's Camp, which Karel and Bob Horney started in Denver about a decade ago for special-needs children, is going national. Adam's Camp Nantucket opened in June, with talks underway for similar programs in Wisconsin and Maine. In all, requests for an Adam's Camp have been received from 32 states . . . Phipps Tennis Pavilion, which the Junior Symphony Guild restored for its 2008 Designer Showhouse, and homes in the adjacent Belcaro neighborhood, will be featured in the Central City Opera's L'Esprit de Noel holiday home tour Nov. 20-23 . . . Joy Behar, co-host of ABC-TV's "The View," keynotes the Women's Foundation Luncheon on Nov. 13. She'll share the challenges that were part of her journey to success. Ticket info is at wfco.org. Society editor Joanne Davidson: 303-809-1314 or jdavidson@denverpost.com; also, blogs.denverpost.com/davidson.