The First Annual Gateway Awards

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Next week, the Santa Fe Drive Redevelopment Corporation (SFDRC) will be hosting the First Annual Gateway Awards to honor the long-time business merchants of Santa Fe Drive, between the avenues of Alameda and Colfax. Recognition will be given to 10 business owners for their ability to thrive and give back to the Denver community over the years. The SFDRC hopes to make the Gateway Awards an annual event as a way of saying “thank you” for the contributions and steadfast support these businesses and owners have given to their community at large.

The Gateway Awards will be held on Wednesday, March 28, 2012 at Su Teatro Cultural and Performing Arts Center located at 721 Santa Fe Drive. The program is general admission with no cover charge and all ages welcome. A reception will run from 5PM to 5:45PM followed by the awards ceremony from 6 PM – 7PM. A special opening dance performance will be presented by the “Sweatshop” Dance Studio. The awards ceremony will be hosted by Former Denver Mayor and the current President of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Mr. William “Bill” Vidal. Below is a list of this years recipients.

This year’s GATEWAY AWARDS categories and recipients are:
Gateway Awards
Pioneer Award honoring 50+ years
· Bud’s Muffler

Settler Award honoring 30 - 49 years
· Artists on Santa Fe
· El Noa Noa Restaurant

Frontier Award honoring 20 - 29 years
· The Center for Animal Wellness
· Museo de las Americas

Trail Blazer Award honoring 10 - 19 years
· Chicano Humanities and Arts Council (CHAC)
· Carol Mier Fashions

Prospector Award honoring 2 - 9 years
· VSA Arts of Colorado / Access Gallery
· Denver Urban Homesteading
· Kreative Kitchens

About SFDRC: NEWSED created the Santa Fe Drive Redevelopment Corporation (non-profit merchants association) in 1979 and began the revitalization of the strip. In order to keep the integrity of the history and architecture of Santa Fe Drive, the Gateway into Denver, this program was implemented in addition to architectural guidelines. This endeavor along with NEWSEDs events, opened the doors for hundreds of businesses to locate on Santa Fe Drive creating thousands of jobs. Many of these businesses are Hispanic owed and operated. The Santa Fe Drive Redevelopment Corporation and the Business Support Office continue to operate today.


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