b'COMMUNITY| VOLUNTEERSVOLUNTEER SPOTLIGHT:PHOTO CREDIT: EDGAR LOPEZ-BAEZEdgar Lopez-Baez Brings Culture and Family Together at Burien Community CenterT he Da de los Muertosmy Latino culture to the communityMuseum accepted the award for their BY RIO FERNANDES, COMMUNICATIONS INTERNcelebration in Burien center. It was very important to me,outstanding efforts on the event. is one of Buriens mostsaid Lopez-Baez. I always wanted toEdgar puts his whole heart into not popular events, drawingsee more events with people fromjust this event, but everything he does Burien residents andmy culture, so I knew this was a greatfor Burien, said Gabbi Gonzales, visitors from aroundopportunity to find it. recreation coordinator for the City of the state to come and celebrateSince hes been volunteering forBurien. With this event and his work the tradition of honoring andso long, Lopez-Baez has done ain general, he always goes above and remembering ancestors and family.little of everything for the event. Hebeyond. Hes always looking out not The Mexican holiday, translatedhas helped create altars and otherjust for the Latino community, but the to Day of the Dead, is focused onfixtures, provided food, assisted withBurien community at large.friends and family gathering togethersetting up the event, and has goneFor Lopez-Baez, his passion for the to pray and remember those thataround the community to spread theDa de los Muertos event comes from have died and helping support theirword about the event and recruitknowing how important this event has spiritual journey.volunteers. He also began workingbecome to the families in Burien.Drawing hundreds of people to thewith Spanish-language radio stationsIts a chance to bring all these fam-Burien Community Center, this eventto help promote the event. ilies together and show the different cant happen without the work of CityThe Washington Recreation andcultures that make Burien special, he staff and volunteers. One volunteer,Parks Association awarded the Dasaid. Its all about family and letting Edgar Lopez-Baez, has been volun- de los Muertos event a Programpeople know that we wont forget our teering at Da de los Muertos for moreExcellence Spotlight award in 2018.loved ones that have passed. than five years. Lopez-Baez and Nancy Salguero I knew I wanted to bring some ofMcKay of the Highline Heritage 12 |BURIEN MAGAZINE'