Denver Public Schools (DPS) was honored to be a part of the Hispanic Contractors of Colorado (HCC) 27th Annual Awards Banquet held on Saturday, February 25th at the beautiful Grand Hyatt located in downtown Denver. The banquet was one to remember, not only for DPS but the entire minority business community.
The evening was full of celebrations from the moment the doors opened. Members of the business community came out in force to enjoy a delicious dinner while honoring the 2017 award winners. DPS Board members, the Office of Business Diversity (OBD) and staff members from various departments attended to support HCC as well as the 2017 award winners. OBD would especially like to extend heartfelt congratulations to two of the evening’s honorees – Ms. Rosemary Rodriguez and Mrs. Sharon Gonzales. Rosemary is the State Director for Senator Bennet and serves as the District 2 representative for the DPS Board of Education. After many years of service, Rosemary was honored with the HCC Community Advocate Award. Sharon is a Manager in the Office of Business Diversity at Denver Public Schools. Sharon has been a tireless advocate of the diverse business community, she received a surprise award presented in acknowledgement of her 16 years as an HCC advocate.
One of the evening’s highlights came when Superintendent Tom Boasberg accepted a check graciously presented by HCC to the DPS Homeless Education Network (HEN) for $15,000. The Homeless Education Network (HEN) in DPS provides supplemental educational support for students experiencing homeless situations. HEN is a resource for DPS schools to provide guidance and the connection to Denver-area support services for families experiencing homelessness.
The HEN mission is to help DPS homeless children use education to break the cycle of poverty through direct support. The primary objective is to remove educational barriers that prevent homeless children from having a successful school experience. DPS is humbled to have the community’s support as we work to provide education opportunities for children of all backgrounds and situations.
Founded in 1990, HCC is a 501(c)(6) non-profit corporation and professional trade association that advocates on behalf of diverse suppliers from all backgrounds. Focused primarily on commercial and public projects, HCC seeks to be at the forefront of the construction industry in Colorado and to achieve their collective goals by connecting businesses and contractors within the public and private sectors through information, education and advocacy for diverse business. Ruben Chavez, a Facility Support Services Technician in the DPS Facility Management department, sits on the HCC Board of Directors on behalf of DPS. OBD would like to thank Ruben for his ongoing commitment to the diverse business community.