The Point Richmond Luminaria Ceremony on Saturday is expected to be a somber and memorable event, where Mayor Tom Butt will lead the community in honoring those who have passed away from cancer, including a beloved Richmond High teacher whose death last month has deeply impacted the community.
From 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., the community is invited to assemble at the Sentinel Statue in downtown Point Richmond.
“At the Point Richmond Luminaria Ceremony we remember loved ones lost to cancer, support people who currently have cancer, and honor people who fought cancer in the past,” organizers said.
Among those to be remembered are Margaret Gee, former executive director of the Bay Area Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), as well as Zach Shrieve, the Richmond High teacher who was so good at his job and as a person that his death in late March caused community-wide mourning.
Saturday’s ceremony is part of the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life, which raises money to help end cancer. While Richmond doesn’t have its own Relay for Life event, El Cerrito does and its event encompasses Richmond neighborhoods.
“You can dedicate a luminaria in honor, in memory, or in support at the luminaria booth at the Point Richmond event,” organizers said.
Photo courtesy of El Cerrito Relay for Life