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and soon in a Natural Grocers in Colorado Springs. The University of Colorado in Boulder buys about 4,000 pupusas a week to sell in its cafeterias. “I can’t believe that this has happened to me,” Monse says. “I am grateful to God and to the support from this country. As a woman, too, I feel as if I’ve been able to better myself, that there are no barriers.” The Army has relocated Tim to Oklahoma for three years, starting in midJuly. But they have decided Monse and the girls will remain here. They will travel back and forth to see each other. The business, they hope, will be their work after Tim retires. “We have to make the sacrifice,” Monse says. “Si Dios quiere” — if God

wills it, “the business can give us a better future for our daughters.” A customer approaches Monse’s stand at a recent farmers’ market in Highlands Ranch. “Can I try one?” the woman asks. “Which one is this?” “Black bean,” Monse says, as she slices the pupusa that has been heating on the pan and tops it with a spoonful of curtido. “Excellent,” the woman says, after a bite. “You’re here every week?” One more sale. One more convert. One more step toward a future built on a taste of the past. Ann Macari Healey’s column about people, places and issues of everyday life appears every other week. Her column earned first place in the 2013 Colorado Press Association Better Newspaper contest. She can be reached at or 303-566-4110.


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Project C.U.R.E. Brings Mission and Vision to Calendar of Events Chamber’s May Business After Hours For a complete calendar of South Metro Denver Chamber events and for more information, visit our web site at or call 303-795-0142.

Thursday, May 29:

“Serving up Strategy: Learn Supply Chain through the Beer Game.” WhippleWood CPAs Conference Center at the Chamber 2154 E. Commons Ave., Suite 342, Centennial, CO

Friday, May 30: On May 13, almost 100 businesspeople attended a Business After Hours at the Project C.U.R.E. (Commission on Urgent Relief and Equipment) headquarters in Centennial, CO. This event featured three guided tours of the facility by the organization’s CEO and directors of government affairs and operations. The tours gave participants insight into the overall vision of the organization, while providing a closer look into the facility’s operations. “I enjoyed attending the networking event hosted by Project C.U.R.E. and the South Metro Chamber. It’s an incredible feeling to be inside a warehouse full of items we would typically throw in the garbage, but instead, these items are saving lives and healing people. They may not be in our community, but kindness knows no boundaries, thanks to Project C.U.R.E.,” said attendee Angel Tuccy, co-host of the Experience Pros Radio Show on AM 560 KLZ.

Project C.U.R.E.’s mission is to identify, solicit, collect, sort, and distribute medical supplies and services according to the imperative needs of the world. Volcano Asian Cuisine, a sushi and hibachi restaurant in Centennial, provided delicious appetizers for the group. “We were honored to be chosen to host the Chamber’s Business After Hours and share the mission and vision of Project C.U.R.E. with business leaders of South Metro,” said Jan Mazotti, director of communications, marketing and PR. Dr. Douglas Jackson, the organization’s president/CEO, spoke to the group, outlining the great impact the organization has around the world. Each week they deliver approximately three semi-truck loads of donated medical supplies and equipment to desperately needy people around the world. Since 1987, they have delivered equipment and supplies to hospitals and clinics in over 130 countries.

Project C.U.R.E. is consistently recognized with the highest Four Star ranking from Charity Navigator, and was named by Forbes as one of the top 200 charities in America. “We are delighted to continue our partnership with Project C.U.R.E., bringing together our business leaders with a national leader in philanthropy,” said Marcia McGilley, interim CEO of the South Metro Denver Chamber. A team of South Metro Denver Chamber members continues to volunteer monthly at Project C.U.R.E.’s warehouse, sorting medical supplies for export. For more information about the South Metro Denver Chamber’s Business After Hours events, please visit For more information about Project C.U.R.E., please visit or contact Jan Mazotti 720-490-4021.

FREE SHREDDING AND ELECTRONICS RECYCLING JUNE 7 IN HIGHLANDS RANCH HIGHLANDS RANCH -- Mark Saturday June 7 on your calendar if you have any old electronic gadgets or confidential documents you want to get rid of for free. Members of LEADapalooza, one of the South Metro Denver Chamber of Commerce’s leads groups, are offering free shredding and electronics recycling from 9 a.m. to noon on June 7 at 1745 Shea Center Drive in Highlands Ranch, off of Lucent Boulevard a quarter mile south of C470. “This is a great opportunity to get rid of those old gadgets and confidential documents not suitable for the regular trash that are taking up space and collecting dust in your home or office,” said Cheryl Braunschweiger of ALMC Mortgage at NOVA Home Loans and a member of LEADapalooza. Items eligible for recycling include laptop and desktop computers, printers, copiers, phones, stereo equipment, fax machines, monitors, TVs — basically anything that plugs into the

wall or runs on batteries except large appliances. Cabling, electronic wiring and alkaline/ single-use batteries can also be recycled. Hard drives will go through Department of Defense approved data destruction. The recycling and data destruction will be performed by Techno+Rescue of Aurora. Documents eligible for shredding include bank statements, medical records, cancelled checks, paycheck stubs or anything else with personal or confidential information. There’s no need to remove staples, paper clips, alligator clips, etc. Items NOT being accepted are trash, pop cans, newspapers, household plastics, light bulbs and large appliances. Each person is welcome to bring up to three copy boxes or one large trash bag of documents. All documents will be destroyed on site by Shred-It, a professional document-destruction company with locations throughout the United States. Although the recycling and shredding are

free, Boy Scout Troop 4 of Littleton will be on hand to help and will be accepting donations of cash or non-perishable food. Twenty-two companies who are members of LEADapalooza are underwriting the cost as a public service. They are: 303 Denver Chiropractic; A Cleaner Carpet; ALMC Mortgage at NOVA Home Loans; Arrow B Architecture; Brickyard BBQ; C Squared Computer Consulting; Centennial Leasing & Sales; Experience Pros Radio Show; Handyman Matters; Holly Mullins, Farmers Insurance Group; JerryBrownPR; Major Mom; Mark Thomas, RE/MAX Professionals; Nexus Financial Services; PearleVision-Streets@ SouthGlenn; PROformance Apparel; Riviera Finance; RMK Cartridge; SG Associates; Cathy Reilly, Silpada Designs; SuperMedia; and Weksler Benefits.

Business Plan in a Day WhippleWood CPAs Conference Center at the Chamber 2154 E. Commons Ave., Suite 342, Centennial, CO Cost: $99 ($49 for Chamber members) Register

Tuesday, June 3:

Business Bible Study The Chamber Library . 2154 E. Commons Ave., Suite 342, Centennial, CO Energy Symposium Breakfast: Expand into Energy! WhippleWood CPAs Conference Center at the Chamber 2154 E. Commons Ave., Suite 342, Centennial, CO

Thursday, June 5:

FastTracks - New Investor Orientation WhippleWood CPAs Conference Center at the Chamber 2154 E. Commons Ave., Suite 342, Centennial, CO

Saturday, June 7:

Colorado National Guard CALFEX - Combined Arms Live-Fire Exercise Fort Carson. HWY 115, Colorado Springs, CO

Tuesday, June 10:

Business After Hours Hosted by Automated Business Products 11999 E Caley Ave, Suite A, Centennial, CO

Wednesday, June 11:

Exporting & Importing 101 WhippleWood CPAs Conference Center at the Chamber 2154 E. Commons Ave., Suite 342, Centennial, CO Cost: $25. Register Webinar: SBA Loan Guaranty Financing Options for Small Businesses Overview Online. Register

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