A string of nuptials after her first event led her to think she was providing a service that was needed -- and divinely inspired.
Basquez, has built a business bringing people together (and not just Catholics).So far, Basquez says her company, Catholic Speed Dating, and affiliated blind dating match service Faith Match, have been credited with 30 marriages – and even more people have used her service and later found someone to marry.She said many are professionals, doctors, dentists, FBI agents, people who travel for work and don't really socialize with people who would make good marriage partners.Fourteen men and women met to chat for five-to-seven minutes and possibly find someone they might want to follow up with later.Basquez started the event with a prayer and gave a pep-talk to the nervous daters."You have to create conversations.No flame jugglers were working this particular lunch, but some speed daters appeared to flinch at the fake gunshots punctuating their conversation.
The over-the-top Mexican restaurant opened in a mall in 1974 and has been a Denver-area institution for decades on West Colfax Avenue.
"You can't tell from a photo and online dating profile whether someone is an optimist or a pessimist, or whether they are animated.
[Speed dating] is a better way to get a good idea of a person in general.
"They get a good conversation going and hopefully that's where God steps in."She recommends waiting at least three months before dating exclusively and not to jump into marriage quickly. She declined to reveal how much the business earns, but said it was "substantial," adding, "It's a 24/7 job." For some, taking part in the exercise opens their eyes to the redeeming qualities of an old flame.
Basquez said she's had several people who "reconciled" with an ex after participating.
Plus, it forces you to get out and spend a couple hours talking to people," he said.