SEEN: His­panic Cham­ber’s fundraiser

The Denver Post - - LIFE & CULTURE - By Joanne David­son Joanne David­son: 303-809-1314, par­ti­writer@ hot­ and @joanne­david­son on Twit­ter.

If Weight Watch­ers and lo­cal gyms are see­ing a spike in new en­rollees this week, this may be the rea­son why:


The His­panic Cham­ber’s sig­na­ture fundraiser brought a crowd num­ber­ing in the thou­sands to Denver Botanic Gar­dens on Aug. 4 to cel­e­brate “the fla­vors of the Amer­i­cas” by sam­pling food from 40 area restau­rants.

And with each food sta­tion of­fer­ing good­ies too tempt­ing to re­sist, well, you get the pic­ture.

There were a half-dozen va­ri­eties of cheese from Queso Cam­pesino; Wy­s­tone’s World Teas and Los Moli­nos of­fered street tacos; Gordo’s Mex­i­can Restau­rant served flau­tas; and Lazo Em­panadas de­lighted the VIP guests with sev­eral va­ri­eties of its Ar­gen­tinian treats. On the sweet side, choices in­cluded al­fa­jor cook­ies from Azu­car Bak­ery and mango smooth­ies from McDon­ald’s.

This was the 10th year that Sa­bor has raised sig­nif­i­cant funds for the cham­ber and the nu­mer­ous pro­grams it hosts to build a “vi­brant and pros­per­ous His­panic busi­ness com­mu­nity.” Founded in 1978, the His­panic Cham­ber of Com­merce of Metro Denver was the city’s first eth­nic mi­nor­ity cham­ber of com­merce and to­day, with 2,500 mem­bers, is the largest.

Pres­i­dent and chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Mike Fer­rufino and such board mem­bers as Hol­lie Ve­lasquez Hor­vath, Angela Bric­mont, Sofia Aguilar and Ka­sia Iwan­iczko MacLeod were there to mix and min­gle with a crowd that in­cluded politi­cians, civic lead­ers and folks who just plain love good food.

Among them: U.S. Rep. Jared Po­lis; for­mer In­te­rior Sec­re­tary Ken Salazar and his wife, Hope; Denver Mayor Michael Han­cock; Speaker of the House Crisanta Du­ran; Denver District At­tor­ney Beth McCann; West­min­ster City Coun­cil­woman Maria De Cam­bra; and Denver School Board mem­ber Bar­bara O’Brien.

Rose­mary Rodriguez, who is re­tir­ing as se­nior ad­viser to U.S. Sen. Michael Ben­net, was there, too, along with Pa­tri­cia Barela Rivera; Mike Fer­rufino’s dad, KBNO Ra­dio boss Zee Fer­rufino; Josh Han­fling; Pat Cortez and Manuel Martinez; Marcela de la Mar, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the Mex­i­can Cul­tural Cen­ter, and hubby John Fair; at­tor­ney Jes­sica Al­izadeh and her hus­band, Reza; Veron­ica Figoli, pres­i­dent/CEO of the Denver Pub­lic Schools Foun­da­tion; Hasan Salem, pres­i­dent of US Bank Colorado, and his wife, Sheila; Michelle Lucero, chief ad­min­is­tra­tive of­fi­cer and gen­eral coun­sel for Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal Colorado; Denise Maes, pub­lic pol­icy di­rec­tor for ACLU Colorado; and at­tor­ney Pen­field Tate and his wife, Paulette.

From left: Hope and Ken Salazar, Hol­lie Ve­lasquez Hor­vath, Bryon Hor­vath and Bob Novick.

From left: Dave and Denise Young, Doug Jack­son, Zee Fer­rufino and Fer­nando Fer­rufino.

From left: Patsy Lan­dav­eri, Karen Perez and Veron­ica Figoli.

Pho­tos by Steve Peter­son, Ter­

From left: Crys­tal Murillo, Beth McCann, Crisanta Du­ran, Jared Po­lis and Jake Salazar.

From left: Sofia Aguilar, Mike Fer­rufino, HCCMD’s pres­i­dent and CEO, Denver Mayor Michael Han­cock, Pat Cortez and Manuel Martinez.

Lin­dita Tor­res-Win­ters and Michael Win­ters.

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