The Day of the Dead is a holiday where the impermanence of life is celebrated with some of the most comforting things in life; friends, flowers, and food. At Centro, we love to celebrate this holiday because it allows us to remember our loved ones by doing what we do best, building community through tradition.
Bike rides, altars, races, and music have all been part of the celebration since 2009. This year we are proud to announce our 4th annual Day of the Dead 5k and festival taking place Saturday, October 25th. Once again, we have partnered with the wonderful folks at the Brentwood Boy & Girls Club who continue to do an incredible job of providing after school activities for the Latin American community. Every year more and more club members get to participate in the race thanks to our “Sponsor a little runner” program where $25 dollars can contribute to pay a member’s entry fee. During the last three years we have had over 1,500 runners and have been able to contribute over $24K to the Boys & Girls Club.
Our goal this year is to continue to grow the number of participants by providing a one of a kind race as well as the opportunity to learn something meaningful about the holiday itself.
We are growing the event into a festival where music, food and art will honor life and dead. This year the race will start at noon and all the festivities will continue until 3:00pm. We will have two altars one at Oakwood cemetery and one on Wilmington Street where people will be able to do offerings of flowers and written messages in memory of their loved ones.
Please join us this year in making this event another success and to continue to raise awareness of the diversity of our community.
Angela Salamanca and the Centro Familia
During the last three years we have had over 1,500 runners participate in the race. Just last year alone, we were able to sponsor over 120 kids from the Boys & Girls Club to run the 5K and dozens of little ones to participate in the kid’s 100 yard dash.
So far we have been able to contribute over $24,000 to the Brentwood Boys & Girls Club of Raleigh. Their commitment to provide a stable, safe, and productive after school program to the Latino community is something we are proud to support.
The Day of the Dead is a holiday where the impermanence of life is celebrated with some of the most comforting things in life; friends, flowers, and food.
At Centro, we love to celebrate this holiday because it allows us to remember our loved ones by doing what we do best, building community through tradition.
The Brentwood Boys & Girls Clubs opened its doors in 2006 as a result of the organization’s Latino Outreach Initiative. The Club incorporates Hispanic culture in its daily operations by sharing information in both English and Spanish, celebrating Latin American holidays, and emphasizing a strong, family focus by offering bi-lingual/bi-cultural services for Club members’ families.
Sponsoring the Day of the Dead 5K provides a great opportunity for your organization or business to support a well known charity in Wake County and to be involved in a fun, unique event in the heart of downtown Raleigh. Besides enriching and supporting the lives of low-income children impacted by this organization, there are numerous other benefits that your contribution provides:
Increased visibility in the Triangle area, especially those in Downtown Raleigh
Good diversity public relations for your business/organization
Promotion of your business to new customers/clients
Publicity to thousands more people via advertisements throughout the local area (i.e. print, web, and social media)
Opportunity to reach a diverse cross-section of community members from the Triangle area
Make a tax-deductible donation and help local children in community
The highest level of sponsor recognition. Benefits for the Presenting Sponsor include:
Recognition on event website sponsor page with link to your website