Father's Day celebrated many different ways across the Triangle

Some dads traded in the traditional backyard barbeque for celebrations of a different kind Sunday.
Monday, June 16, 2014
Some dads traded in the traditional backyard barbecue for celebrations of a different kind Sunday.

For Cutler Kornegay, it was a special Father's Day because his 11-year-old son Gabriel got to run in a 5K to benefit the very organization that's making a dream of his come true.

"I'm going to Disney, and I just want to ride rides and stay at the resort," said Gabriel Kornegay, a Make-A-Wish recipient.

"Make-A-Wish is really a beautiful thing, and this is something my family would never be able to provide to him and especially to that extent," said Cutler. "It's hard to put into words what it does for me, and for my son, and just how it makes all us fathers feel that they care so much."

There were plenty of dads among those pounding the pavement at the Maggiano's Father's Day 5K raising money for Make-A-Wish Eastern North Carolina and having some family fun while they were at it.

There were plenty of indoor activities being enjoyed Sunday also, including some arts and crafts at Marbles Kids Museum where dads learned firsthand why their kids think they're so super.

Marbles hosted a Super Dad's Sunday, where fathers and their young sidekicks got to make masks, capes, and explore their super powers. It even attracted at least one out-of-town dad looking for something fun to do with his kids during a stopover in Raleigh.

"We're coming from the Outer Banks, actually headed toward Cleveland, and we stopped here for a couple days for work, and we figured today would be a fun day to come here with the kids," said Joe Romano.

The bonding time with their young superheroes proved to be fun for kids and parents alike.

"I really like it actually, all the arts and crafts. When I first came here, my wife told me about it, I just expected her to play with all the toys, I didn't expect to have arts and crafts," said Maurice Littlejohn.

Some fearless dads jumped right into the fun, although some joked it takes a strong man to proudly wear a cape and mask.

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