More than 300 people attended Clínica Tepeyac's 16th Annual Fundraiser Fiesta at the PPA Events Center in Denver Friday. The Clínica honored Dr. Robert Williams and Dr. Chris Urbina for their work in the community and singer Julie Zorrilla performed at the sold-out event.
"An event like this demonstrates that the support of the community is what makes Clínica Tepeyac strong and I just invite everyone to join us in continuing to support the mission," said Clínica Tepeyac Executive Director Jim Garcia.
This year's keynote speaker Denver Mayor Michael Hancock talked about the importance of community involvement in helping underserved residents have access to better health.
Photos: Fiesta Fundraiser for Clínica Tepeyac
"The Clínica is the type of community-based organization that can and does transform our community and our city," Hancock said. "I want Clínica to know that as we move forward to address the challenges of health of our community, particularly those of underserved communities, you have a friend in the mayor's office who is supportive of your work."
Among those who have supported Clínica Tepeyac with their time and expertise is Dr. Robert Williams, a volunteer provider at the clinic since 2009. He received the award for Outstanding Volunteer Service. Dr. Chris Urbina, chief medical officer of the Colorado Department of Public Health, received the 2011 Health Advocacy Award in recognition of his support of health care safety programs such as the ones provided at Clínica Tepeyac.
Clínica Tepeyac's client and singer Julie Zorrilla performed songs in English and Spanish at the event and thanked the community for supporting a community clinic that has been critical to the well-being of her family.
Zorrilla, who grew up in Denver and was on of the top 24 contestants of "American Idol 2011," lives in Hollywood, Calif., where she is pursuing a singing career. She wanted to be part of the event as a way to give back to the clinic for taking care of her when she needed it most, she said.
"I almost could not audition for American Idol because I had a lot of stomach problems. I came to see them and they made me all better and fix my stomach up and thanks to them I was able to do my audition and that was great. They are such warm people that honestly care about the patient's well-being," she said.
The entertainment also included flamenco dancing by Maria Vasquez and music by Yolanda Ortega and Jesse Ogas.
Gregg Moss from 9News was the master of ceremonies and Sr. Alicia Cuaron gave the invocation.
Clínica Tepeyac was established in 1993. Clinic services have expanded to include the full range of preventive and primary care. This year they expect to serve over 7,000 people according to their website.