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Honoring life and death through acts of generosity

Monica Caldari
Family Resource Center of Truckee

Emma Garrard/Sierra Sun

On Saturday, Nov. 1, the Family Resource Center of Truckee held its second annual Dia de los Muertos celebration. Like last year, there was food, music, dancing and crafts in addition to the beautiful altars created by local area schools and organizations. What set this year apart from last year’s event was that Martha Cerna promotora, community organizer and longtime Truckee resident, received the Jesus “Chuy” Lopez “Local Champion” award for making a special and significant impact on individuals and families in the community.

This noble award was created in memory of the late Jesus “Chuy” Lopez Gaytan, who passed on this summer leaving behind a family and a legacy in Truckee. When “Chuy” (as his friends called him) arrived in Truckee four years ago, he found his local church did not have a choir. Soon he was up in front of the congregation playing his guitar and singing. It did not take long before Chuy began recruiting other community members to join him. At the time of his death, there were 15 choir members. Presently, the choir continues to sing on a weekly basis along with three of his children.

This special gathering to honor those who have passed brings with it many thanks. The Family Resource Center of Truckee would like to extend a gracious thank you to Tacos Jaliscos, Coffee And, Truckee Sourdough Bread Company and its employees, and all of the community members who donated the food and beverage for this auspicious occasion. We look forward to seeing you again next year.

For information about the Family Resource Center, call 587-2513.

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