We are community driven and our projects have never been limited to a for profit or commercial purpose or vision. Rather, they have included neighborhood outreaches to feed and minister to people in neighborhood parks from Colorado to California while prevention education for at risk members of communities has been a priority via prevention presentations in churches, high schools, and colleges.
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The RMPA has a long established commitment to Christian music and ministry as well as secular artists and music. The Christian Music Network or CMN Network started in 2007 as a common sense ministry mentoring program for beginning Christian music ministry artists to learn and understand the difference between concert based presentations vs. Gospel based music and ministry presentations as well as to help them understand and respect
Eventually the group expanded and diversified into other individual pursuits and activities in music and entertainment across other cities in the Southwestern Region of the United States. The fruits of those efforts were rooted in and reflected the spirit and foundational vision of what had been established through the RMPA. Accordingly, the accomplishments that were recorded in subsequent years with other efforts and projects that grew from the RMPA now represent part of our twenty six year legacy.
On December 7, 2013, Charmaine became a mother and gave birth to her first and only child, Xchotil Adelita Lee. Three days later, at age 32, she passed away from pregnancy related heart complications. Since then, the RMPA awards were renamed the "Charmie Smiles Awards" in her honor.
Since 2007, the effort has evolved and grown to include regional coordination and collaboration support for Christian or Gospel music ministers, performers, and artists. Early on, Brother Claude Garcia aka Joseph P. Garcia joined the effort and brought a love for the Lord, his years of experience in the music world, an indomitable spirit, and a unique street sense of humor to the table and we began using music as an evangelistic outreach tool at a new level and in new ways on the streets of Denver. The rest is a testimony of "Wow moments" and work.
He was later ordained as a Pastor and served until illness gradually limited his activities and he eventually went home in 2014. The RMPA Gospel Music Award & Outreach Leadership Awards have been named the Joseph P. Garcia Awards in his honor; that the spirit and determination he maintained in his service be passed on through his example and the awards program.
Since 1995 the RMPA Colorado artist support mission has run parallel with events produced by what is now the La Familia Network Group and the RMPA along with sponsors and collaborative partners. From the start La Familia / RMPA events were family run by members of the RMPA founders, their collective families, and friends in the community. Many were boomers in the early years and then the youngsters came.
RMPA Music Awards History
Special thanks to Mr. Lenny Williams
A Class Act - Over the years it has been an honor.
Celebrating 26 Years of Community Involvement
WHO WE ARE
26 years and 215 events later leading up to 2019, we have continued our work in support of the Denver arts community, however, as now part of the La Familia Network family we have also expanded our community role to include an ongoing support role with La Familia Ministries and other churches, ministries, and family service organizations with a focus on event planning, organization, and fundraising work in support of community outreach efforts to families and at risk members of the Denver Metro area community.
For 26 years we have chosen to remain "Old School" in that we haven't and will not compromise community loyalty and respect vs. profit. This remains our first priority in project and engagement decision making. For us, finance is a means to an end that sees people helped in times of challenge.
Rocky Mountain Promoters Association
The RMPA officially began in 1995 as a Denver grass roots local music support effort through the efforts of two Denver production companies called Azteca Productions and Minggia Entertainment. The covenant agreement between them produced a series of events in support of Denver artists and local music based on a Latino and Black cross community collaborative vision designed to produce greater artist opportunity and engagement. For two years the group produced local events which celebrated and promoted Denver artists across Denver's ethnic spectrum in diverse music formats from Jazz and Blues to R&B.
The La Familia Network is a group comprised of multiple organizations that have been actively operating locally, regionally, and nationally since 1992. They each have specific purposes in entertainment and the arts for supporting music artists, producing events as well as serving the community in various ways through Christian outreach street and community ministry.
A chronological tour of the RMPA - La Familia journey using a sampling of event posters and graphics depicting highlights of our journey. In all things, be it good, bad, or indifferent ... blessing or challenge ... opportunity or struggle ... we are grateful and acknowledge the Lord as our blessing, protection, and covering.
2019 RMPA Awards Honorees
Charlene Barrientos Ortiz
Charmie Smiles Social Justice Award
At Risk Issue Career Work and Community Service
Ms. Geri Martinez
Joseph P. Garcia (Pastor Claude Garcia) Social Justice Ministry Award
Denver Youth Career Work and Community Service
For questions or information email the awards team
As our community vision grew, our awards focus expanded to include community leaders and educators whose work, sacrifices, and contributions have a positive and demonstrable impact in the lives of people in the community with an emphasis on youth and the elderly. Accordingly, for a quarter century we have continued the work through our event efforts to provide artists with performance and promotional opportunities and through a social justice, faith, and community leadership awards program.
Ms. Rosemary Ornelas
Charmie Smiles Social Justice Award
Denver Seniors Community Career Work and Service
The first RMPA Music Awards were given on February 1, 1996 at Denver's Sloans Lake Events Center and were called the "People's Choice Awards." The original music focus was in the music areas of Jazz, Blues, and Gospel. Accordingly, the first awards were accompanied by a spiritually based artist call to action as represented in the scripture ...
During the early 2000's another generation joined La Familia when the Director's niece Charmaine Ortiz begin to work La Familia events. She was only 17-years old at the time, but would later take the lead and incorporate her own ideas into the events as she grew to manage them along with an extended family and friend network. By 2014, La Familia and the RMPA had become a 21-year old family and community resource and family tradition.
Charmie Smiles Awards
This was fitting because she represents the best in the human effort and investment that the La Familia tradition has been built on over the past twenty six years. Like her, we're about people. The RMPA and all of the various organizations that came to fruition from it's seed from 1992 to 2019 evolved into a family tradition and legacy; so while the child that Charmaine left and her spirit still remain, this is a part of her legacy as it is that of our founders families and all those that have contributed or played a part in the journey. Accordingly, whether they handed out a flyer, escorted someone to a table, or mopped a floor. They are part of and own a piece of the legacy and history of the La Familia and RMPA network family.
The Joseph P. Garcia Gospel & Outreach Leadership Awards
the sensitivities and appropriate protocol in dealing with host Pastors, church leaders, and outreach focused ministry organizations and their leaders.
2019 Awards will be given at the 2019 Sweetheart's Ball
A Community Dance Concert Event
Saturday, February 9, 2019
Highlands Masonic Temple Ballroom,
3550 Federal Boulevard, Denver, CO 80211
Doors 7:15 PM Show starts at 8:00 PM
Sweetheart's Ball Event Schedule
Signature Events is a component of the La Familia Network Group. We provide a service in consulting, producing, and/ or promoting secular entertainment or faith based outreach events and festivals for others or partnering in collaborative efforts.
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ESTABLISHED SINCE 1995
"As each (of you) has received a gift, minister it one to another ...
as good stewards of the manifold grace of God"
It began in September 1992 in an effort by an RMPA founder to help a co-worker to meet burial expenses for a newborn son who did not survive heart complications after being born.
A dinner concert benefit was organized to raise money to help out. The effort met the need and went on to exceed the financial goal. For some time following, many came with needs where children were lost to tragedy.
Enter the RMPA and the La Familia family
"As each (of you) has received a gift, minister it one to another ...
as good stewards of the manifold grace of God"
Only a portion of the events and experiences are portrayed here. There are literally thousands of photos and 215 events with archive promo materials that could be used, however, the idea here is to use what is necessary to make a point about the value of collaboration and networking at every demographic and geographic level, and to encourage community investment ... click on the thumbnails to view
In 2019, we maintain our community commitment and remain an ongoing support arm to the La Familia network and will be involved in diverse events, community outreach, and an ally to the Christian and street outreach community while still maintaining our commitment to artists and community leaders through the RMPA awards program.
The RMPA is not about one person or organization. Since 1992, the testimony that evolved through the years, the work, and the collective investment has been by involved literally thousands of people from all walks of life.
Coming in the Spring of 2019
Comedian Dennis Gaxiola & Friends
Denver debut Straight Outta Mile High. with a host of Denver comedians and a special guest from LA, CA. Tickets and details available soon!
An unbelievable event you won't want to miss. Something for everyone. Detailed information coming in early 2019!
Welcome and thank you for your interest in the Rocky Mountain Promoters Association or "RMPA." This page is provided for information about the RMPA and the purpose of its work. We are a part of the La Familia Network. We were formally established in 1995 in support of Denver artists and the arts community.We are a Colorado nonprofit corporation and operate under the 501c3 covering of La Familia Ministries and Promise Church of Fresno, California.
A Two Sided Coin ... We're About People
La Familia Network organizations include the RMPA and LA LEN aka the Latin Entertainment Network on the secular music, event, and festival production and promotion side of activities and La Familia Ministries on the outreach ministry and Gospel music ministry end of our focus and activities.
We are “project oriented” which means we focus on community outreach projects and ticketed entertainment and community events and festivals that we produce or collaborate in. For 18 years revenue from ticketed events have been used to cover costs and expenses for ministry outreach projects. We do not charge for outreach or any ministry help or service we extend ... period. In all things, bad, good, or indifferent, blessing or challenge, opportunity or struggle, we're grateful and acknowledge the the Lord as our covering.
In all things, bad, good, or indifferent ... blessing or challenge ... opportunity or struggle ... we're grateful and acknowledge the Lord as our covering. Thank you for visiting as well as for your interest. Bendiciones!
The La Familia Network Family and RMPA
7:00 PM: Doors - Music by DJ Johnny "Old School" Avila
8:00: Welcome - Host MC DJ Kmplete
8:20 PM: Con Paz and Friends "Classic Old School Showcase"
Featuring Bernard Alvarado, Tomas Ornelas, and Anthony Garcia
9:40 PM to 10:00 AM: RMPA Artist and Community Leadership Awards
9:45 PM to 12:45 AM: Twice As Nice AKA the T.A.N. Band
About the 2019 Sweetheart's Ball
The event will be held on February 9, 2019 in the Highlands Masonic Temple Ballroom located on Denver's Northside. The order of the evening is simple elegance with a community feel and will feature ballroom table seating and dancing to Old School music entertainment. Musical artists include Con Paz and Friends with a "Classic Old School" showcase, our good friends the popular T.A.N. Band with R&B and Motown classics, and Johnny "Öld School" Avila.
Fundraising information for La Familia Ministries Community Partner and Sponsor opportunities are on a "Value for Value" basis and are defined in the Community Connection section of this page. We thank you for your ongoing support and consideration both for our events and the community work that we are able to do through that support. We wish you and your families a safe and prosperous New Year in 2019 from the La Familia Group
In keeping with La Familia tradition, the Sweetheart's Ball will include a community focus. Accordingly, the evening will include an RMPA Awards community leadership recognition segment for three deserving women.
The history of the RMPA and the La Familia family legacy have their roots in a calling to community service that expanded to support of the arts, music and event promotion, and eventually to Christian ministry.
"We were young and doing the street thing. We got together to help a friend and it just kept going and growing. Little did I know that it was the beginning of a calling to ministry that would unfold over time." Minister Angel Barrientos
Since 1992, we have never said no to a parent, grandparent, or family member with a legitimate need and good spirit. Since there have been fifty plus such efforts for many needs or reasons.
In 1996 the RMPA officially became a Colorado non-profit with a mission to operate in support of Denver music, artists, and the Denver arts community. Accordingly, the group also produced an awards program that gave formal recognition and shed light on the contributions by local artists to the Denver community. The awards were ethnically diverse and were called the People's Choice Awards.
Through an evolving journey of diversity, the RMPA has operated in both the secular and Christian Gospel areas of music for eighteen of it's twenty six year history. Our journey has been defined by the people that came together and collaborated on many projects over that time through a mutually strong and evolving community vision. Accordingly, though our network has always been active in event production at some level, our most important role for the past 26 years has been work that has defined us as community contributors.
About the RMPA Music and Community Awards
All are cordially invited to join us for a night of great company, great entertainment, dancing, and food. All net proceeds dedicated to a community fundraising effort and go to La Familia Ministries in support of community outreach projects and expenses.
"Colores" is a community event designed to celebrate the spirit, heritage, and traditions of Colorado's Latino community with the goal of sharing them with people of good will. The event will feature the Old School Legends concert and will include a national gathering of legendary groups and some of Colorado's favorite local artists.
Coming in 2019
The Colores Music Festival
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Video - GAP Band at Grizzly Stadium - Fresno March for Peace '05
Mr. John Avila AKA Johnny "Old School" Avila
Charmie Smiles Music Award
25 Years (A Quarter Century) of Service to the RMPA