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Cinco de Mayo celebration for a good cause

KNOW ANG GO: WHAT: 3rd Annual ReDirect Cinco de Mayo WHERE: Glen Edwards Middle School, 204 L St. WHEN: noon to 9 p.m. Saturday Information: 223-6870 or 223-5236.
By: Stephanie Dumm News Messenger Reporter
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Ballet folklorico, dancing horses and plenty of tacos are on Saturday’s ReDirect Cinco de Mayo event roster. ReDirect is a nonprofit organization that provides activities for Lincoln’s youth and offers resources and opportunities to youth at risk, according to previous News Messenger reports. Saturday’s event will feature food and games, as well as music and dancing, for free as a way to provide some family fun, according to ReDirect president Karen Hernandez. “It’s our annual fundraiser and it’s mostly to get the community together and have a family-fun time,” Hernandez said. “It’s our only one (fundraiser).” Last year, 500 attendees celebrated Cinco de Mayo, Hernandez said. Saturday’s performances will include ReDirect’s Ballet Folklorico de Nuevo Camino and horse dancing group Charros de Lincoln. Victor Lopez, a Charros de Lincoln member, said the group performed at last year’s event. “It was awesome. People enjoyed the horses,” Lopez said. Residents should attend the event, according to Lopez, “to get an idea of what Cinco de Mayo is and why it’s important to us.” “It’s a special day for our (Mexican) culture,” Lopez said. Food-wise, dining options include tacos and pupusas, which Hernandez described as a tortilla stuffed with meat, cheese and beans. “We usually sell everything for a dollar,” Hernandez said. For the youth, there will be carnival games plus arts and crafts. “(Gladding,) McBean pottery is donating 500 pounds of clay so the kids will have a lot of clay to do clay products,” Hernandez said. Blood Source will do bone marrow matching, which Hernandez said would involve taking a cheek swab. The event’s purpose is two-fold, according to Hernandez. “It’s just so they (the community) can get together and have a safe, fun time, and be able to immerse in the Hispanic culture. To understand the community around us,” Hernandez said. “(Community members) can come learn about ReDirect.” ReDirect programs include teaching pro-social skills, a teen-mother program, independent study and sports, including Futsal and outdoor soccer. “I think it’s important (residents attend) because we offer so many programs that people are not aware about and we need community support to continue offering those programs,” Hernandez said. The Lincoln News Messenger profiles a nonprofit organization every week. If you would like to see an organization featured, please call 774-7967 or e-mail stephanied@goldcountrymedia.com.