Building the Beloved Community Gala

Mil gracias to all who attended and supported El Centro de la Raza’s Building the Beloved Community Gala on October 12, 2019.

To view photos from 2019’s event, click here.

Save the Date – October 10, 2020

El Centro de la Raza will hold its annual Building the Beloved Community Gala on Saturday, October 10, 2020 at the Washington State Convention Center in downtown Seattle.

Building the Beloved Community Gala is El Centro de la Raza’s largest fundraiser of the year to continue supporting over 14,000 children, youth, families and seniors annually through its 43 programs and services.

The evening will consist of a silent and live auction, reception, dinner, raffle, live entertainment, and our Roberto Felipe Maestas Legacy and Scholarship Awards.

Please call (206) 957-4649 or email for more information.

Roberto Felipe Maestas Legacy Awards

El Centro de la Raza was founded by Roberto Maestas who dedicated his life to building the “Beloved Community” through multi-racial unity. He deeply believed that poverty, racism and social inequity could only be eradicated if people of all races and backgrounds came together to do so.

It is in honor of Roberto and his legacy that the Roberto Felipe Maestas Legacy Award will recognize two individuals who have exemplified building the “Beloved Community” through multi-racial unity, and working to eliminate poverty, racism and social inequity.

El Centro de la Raza will celebrate them and their contributions by making a $1,000 gift in their name to an organization of their choice. These awards made possible by the Marguerite Casey Foundation.  

If you would like to nominate someone for the 2020 Roberto Felipe Maestas Legacy Award, please click here

Event Facts:

  • Saturday, October 10, 2020
  • 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM
  • Washington State Convention Center (directions and parking here)
  • Reception & Silent Auction
  • Dinner, Awards & Live Auction

2020 Quick Links:

Cooking Classes

At this time, El Centro de la Raza has postponed all upcoming La Cocina Cooking Classes through April 24 until further notice. 

All funds raised through La Cocina Cooking Classes go to benefit El Centro de la Raza’s Senior Nutrition Wellness Program. If you would like to make a donation to the program, please click here.

We appreciate your understanding during this time.

POSTPONED: 3/21 Picadillo, Tortillas and Empanadas

POSTPONED: 4/18 Ceviche & Churros

Class days, times, and fees vary so please use the links below for more information and to register:

Ask us about scheduling a private group class for your family, friends or workplace!

Class fees vary:  Fees range from $40-$125 per class. We also offer class packages. Class fees support our Senior Wellness Program and Senior Home Delivered Meal Program. Please register in advance. Gift certificates are also available.

Are you interested in becoming an instructor for a future class? Email Ariana Dorshkind at

For volunteer opportunities, please email Mandela Gardner at


Centilia Cultural Center Kitchen

El Centro de la Raza

1660 S Roberto Maestas Festival St

Seattle, WA 98144

Space is limited – sign up now! You can also register by calling (206) 957-4649 or email