On December 7, 2013, Charmaine became a mother and gave birth to her first and only child, Xchotil Adelita Martinez. Three days later, at age 32, she passed away from pregnancy related heart complications. Shortly afterward, the RMPA awards were renamed "Charmie Smiles Awards" in Charmaine's honor. It is appropriate and fitting because she represents the best in the human effort and investment that the RMPA tradition has been built on over the past two decades. Like her, we're about people. The RMPA and all of the various organizations that came to pass from it's seed from 1995 to 2016 evolved in to 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 the Barrientos family and all those that have contributed or played a part in it's evolution. Whether they handed out a flyer, escorted someone to a table, or mopped a floor. They own a piece of history.
CHARMIE SMILES AWARDS . JOSEPH P. GARCIA AWARDS
THE JOSEPH P. GARCIA - CM NETWORK GOSPEL AWARDS The RMPA has a long established commitment to Christian music and ministry as well as secular artists and music. The Christian Music Network started in 2007 as a common sense ministry mentoring program for beginning Christian music ministry artists to understand the difference between music ministry presentations (E.g., Concert Testimonial vs. Gospel Based Music Ministry) and the applicable operating protocol leading up to, during, and after a scheduled presentation as well as to help them learn to understand and respect the sensitivities and appropriate protocol in dealing with host Pastors, churches, and outreach focused ministry organizations.
This CMN effort has evolved and grown to include regional coordination and collaboration support for Christian or Gospel music ministers, artists, and performers. The Christian Music Network was founded by RMPA Director Angel Barrientos AKA Minsiter Angel Barrientos. As the first opportunities to put the concept to work evolved, Brother Claude Garcia AKA Joseph P. Garcia showed up and brought a love for the Lord, his years of experience in the music world, an indomitable spirit, and a street sense of humor to the newly established La Familia Ministry Denver and began using music as an evangelistic outreach tool at a new level and in a new way on the streets of Denver, Colorado. The rest is a testimony of "WOW moments" and work.
He was later ordained as a Pastor and served until an illness gradually limited his activities and eventually he went home in 2014. The RMPA Christian or Gospel artist, project, and leadership award has been named the Joseph P. Garcia Award in his honor, that the spirit and determination that he always showed in his service be passed on through the awards program.
CHARMIE SMILES For 20 years, the RMPA Colorado artist support mission has run parallel with events produced by the La Familia Entertainment Group (La Familia Denver) and our collaborative partners. From the beginning, the La Familia Denver tradition has involved members of Denver's Barrientos family. During the late 90's and in the early 2000's La Familia events were run by Charlene Barrientos Ortiz, the sister of our current Director and RMPA co-founder. During the early 2000's another generation joined La Familia when Charlene's daughter, Charmaine Ortiz, begin to work La Familia events. She was only 18-years old at the time, but would later take the lead and incorporate her own ideas into the business as she grew to manage and run the events along with extended family and friends that were more like family. By 2014, this had now become a 20-year family tradition with La Familia and the Rocky Mountain Promoters Asociation.
IN THE MIX AND PRESENT FOR THE PAST 25 YEARS - SUPPORTING THE ARTS AND MUSIC COMMUNITY SINCE 1995
RMPA MUSIC AWARDS PROGRAM
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SPECIAL THANKS TO THE LEGEND MR. LENNY WILLIAMS - TONY "EL CONGUERO" MENJIVAR - GREG ERRICO - LEE OSKAR - "EL CHICANO" BOBBY ESPINOSA & MS. DOLORES DEANGELO - JORGE SANTANA - AKI STARR - MS. DAWN SILVA - STEVE SALAS - PAUL BENEVIDAZ - RAMIRO AMADOR - LEO ROSALES - FRANKIE B - MIC GILLETTE - DR. LOCO - BOB CRAWFORD - TEX NAKAMURA - DAVE SHUL - RICHARD BEAN - LYDIA PENCE - MANY MORE!
AND GOD'S VALUE FOR PEOPLE AND THE SPIRIT OF UNITY
COMBINED WITH COLLABORATION AND THE SPIRIT OF COMMUNITY CONTINUES ... THE RMPA SPIRIT LIVES ON ... IT'S ABOUT PEOPLE!
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RMPA DIRECTOR OF ARTIST PROJECTS/CO-FOUNDER - TERRY MINGGIA
EVENT OPERATIONS - DESIREE FLORES
MINISTRY ADVISOR - APOSTLE TONY MENJIVAR
MINISTRY ADVISOR - PASTOR MICHAEL MEASTAS
MINISTRY ADVISOR - PASTOR GEORGE KAYAJANIAN
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2017 MISSION STATEMENT
In 2017 and beyond, the RMPA will seek to establish the resources and funding to restructure and implement the RMPA Awards as an annual awards gala. This goal represents an expansion from the renewed awards effort started in 2014 and will be built on the original artist award foundation started in 1995. The awards program will maintain a focus on music awards, but also be expanded to the recognition of organizations, community leaders, and individuals making significant contributions to youth programs and community related issues. The awards program will include the CHARMIE SMILES MUSIC AND COMMUNITY AWARDS and be expanded to include the JOSEPH P. GARCIA AWARD for gospel artists, music ministry, and the regional faith based outreach community including faith based community leadership for community work and accomplishments. The RMPA maintains a commitment to both Secular and Christian/Gospel music and artists. The award's namesake, Pastor Joseph "Claude" Garcia, was a veteran musician and part of Denver's Latin music history as well as a Christian outreach Pastor. The award is designated in honor of his dedication and service in music ministry and outreach service. the RMPA will continue work to improve its mission to support Rocky Mountain Region artists and the performing arts through providing organization and structure building booking assistance, marketing support, and periodic performance opportunities.
RMPA - CELEBRATING 23 YEARS IN 2018
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In 2017, the RMPA will seek to further position itself to serve as a vehicle to use entertainment and collaborative projects for fundraising in support of community focused organizations and efforts. This will include the establishment of a community support organization called the Community Giving Initiative (CGI). The CGI will recieve revenue from RMPA fundraising events and projects and will provide community outreach project grants
The CGI will employ a process that incorporates a team of faith based and community leaders called GRANT TRUSTEES. Their job will be to accept, evaluate, and determine grant requests from community outreach organizations and ministries that conduct prevention outreach in at risk issue areas involving Colorado Front Range community youth and adults. They will specifically target grant award consideration to those faith based organizations, ministries, and non-faith based organizations that have a proven track record for effectively assisting at risk community members, but whose projects lack funding or are underfunded, or who have been subject to unrelated agendas or political influenced financial leverage. Our goal is to establish a consistent and viable method of community generated "no strings attached" financial support that will help to maximize the ability of community outreach groups without the compromise or the manipulation; but with the freedom to produce their projects through independent grass roots project funding assistance. Oversight and accountability for this effort is through La Familia Ministries and the CGI Advisory Committee.
MISSION I ESTABLISHMENT OF THE COMMUNITY GIVING INITIATIVE (CGI)
MISSION I RESTRUCTURE AND IMPLEMENT THE RMPA ARTISTS AND COMMUNITY AWARDS PROGRAM
The RMPA has strategically paved the road to successfully use music and entertainment events on a "Value for Value" basis for fundraising in support of RMPA programming and community outreach efforts. In 2017 the RMPA will conduct a fund drive through various means including producing fundraising projects and entertainment events, internet fundraising, and social media outreach.
MISSION I 2017 PROGRAMMING AND COMMUNITY RESOURCE FUNDRAISING DRIVE
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Leading up to 2018, we have continued our work in support the Denver arts community; however, we have also expanded our community role to include a partnership with with La Familia Ministries and 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 ar risk members of the Denver Metro area community.
The Rocky mountain Promoters Association "RMPA" is an independent Colorado Non-profit Corporation and support organization under reorganization as of January '17.
The RMPA began in 1995 as a Denver grass roots local music support effort. In 1996 it was formally established as a Colorado non-profit organization in support of Denver music, musicians, and the Denver arts community. The work continued over the years through efforts in producing events that provide artists with performance opportunities.
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The RMPA is a diverse organization that has produced and operated in both the Secular and Christian areas of music for fifteen of it's twenty year history. The RMPA's history is defined by the people that came together and collaborated on many projects over that time. They did so because of a mutually strong and evolving community vision. Our network has been consistently active in the area of event and festival production and promotions; but more importantly as community contributors for the past 25 years. We are community driven and still have much work to do on an ongoing journey.
Our projects have never been limited to a commercial for profit purpose or vision. Rather, they have included neighborhood outreaches to feed and minister to people in neighborhood parks from Colorado, to California, and Arizona. Prevention education for at risk members of communities has been a priority through prevention education presentations in high schools, colleges, and alternative schools from Colorado to California. During our history, RMPA leaders have been at the forefront of developing and using commercial marketing and advertising strategies applied to music festivals and outdoor events for community outreach to at risk members of communities on football fields in Colorado, to the shores of Ventura Beach in Ventura, CA, to a baseball stadium in the Central Valley of California. It is now a tradition and a mandate that these type of community and people projects are included as part of what the RMPA does.
We're OLD SCHOOL. We don't compromise community loyalty and respect or community integrity. It is our first consideration in decision making. For us, finance is first a means to an end that sees people helped in times of challenge. Such as now.