Excalibur Event Center operators blame each other for closure, missing deposits
Other event centers step forward to help brides
Last Updated: 255 days ago
The operators of an Aurora event center that closed its doors without warning blame each other for what happened, and don't know when or if thousands of dollars in event deposits will be returned.
"We worked hard for that money," said David Velasquez. "Nobody just handed it to us to give to them."
More than 500 people are coming from all over the country to see him finally marry his high school sweetheart, Jennifer Alamillo on July 27.
The couple thought Excalibur Event Center, 10801 E. Mississippi Ave., seemed like a perfect fit.
"It was just what we were looking for," said Velasquez. "When we did this contract, the manager seemed like a friendly, honorable person."
But yesterday, they found out from watching 7NEWS that their wedding venue is closed and their $1,500 deposit seems to be gone, too.
"I started crying right away," said Alamillo.
They have not been able to reach anyone involved with Excalibur because all of the previous numbers have been disconnected.
But 7NEWS managed to track down Excalibur's manager, David Mendez, on the phone. He said he shut down his old phone numbers because he has been getting threats.
Mendez said he has spent the deposit money on building repairs and blamed Excalibur's owner, Jaime Cueva, for raising the rent and forcing him out.
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