Staten Island’s Best Dressed: Staten Island Community Alliance’s mixer at the St. George Theatre

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Featured in this week’s Staten Island’s Best Dressed are photos from the 2023 Holiday Mixer, hosted by the Staten Island Community Alliance at the historic St. George Theatre on Dec. 12, 2023, themed “‘Tis the Season for Gratitude.”

The Staten Island Community Alliance, formerly known as The Jubilee Collective, is a group of African American community-based organizations whose mission is to create programming for the annual Juneteenth Celebrations on Staten Island. According to Dana Walker Boyd, President of SICA, the leaders endeavor to build a cultural environment that will be sustainable organizationally beyond the holiday.

“Reflecting on the triumphant outcome of our 2023 Juneteenth Freedom Festival, SICA hosted a thank you Holiday Mixer to our heartfelt appreciation to the community partners, sponsors, and volunteers whose dedicated time and effort made the Juneteenth Freedom Festival and evening truly special,” said Boyd. “Several SICA Advisory Council members and distinguished guests were in attendance, including Councilmember Kamillah Hanks, NYC Commissioner of Cultural Affairs Laurie Cumbo, and the Honorable Edwina Martin, fostering a sense of community unity and shared appreciation.”

Boyd also expressed enthusiasm for the fourth annual Juneteenth Freedom Festival, to be held on Saturday, June 22, 2024, at Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden. “This upcoming event aims to carry forward the tradition of celebrating freedom, resilience, and unity within our vibrant community,” Boyd added.

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Willie Boyd, left, Dana Walker Boyd, and Derek Risbrook enjoy the S.I. Community Alliance Holiday Mixer at the St. George Theatre. (Courtesy Dana Walker Boyd) Courtesy Dana Walker Boyd

STATEMENTS FROM HONORED GUESTS

Kim Avilez, SICA Vice President: “I commend the Staten Island Community Alliance on the work it is doing to bring together Staten Island’s many community-focused organizations to engage in programming and activities that highlight positive milestones for and in communities of color.”

Hon. Edwina Frances Martin, Esq., Commissioner, Public Administrator, Richmond County: “Their collaborative efforts, a first of its kind on Staten Island, culminating in the borough’s first and largest Juneteenth celebration, are significant and transformative, and it is my honor to support them.”

Susannah Abbate, Senior Director, Community Impact, Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden: “The SICA holiday mixer was filled with warmth and excitement. It was great to be with people who share a vision of Staten Island that celebrates opportunity, diversity and community. We are looking forward to coming together for this year’s Juneteenth.”

Judge Ronald Gregg: “The festive evening with holiday cheer provided an excellent forum for networking, celebration, and the opportunity to strengthen ties with Staten Island’s vibrant Community Partnership. It was a night to exchange ideas, explore potential partnerships, and foster a strong network of supporters who are dedicated to Staten Island’s progress. The venue, with its grandeur and elegance, provided the perfect backdrop for an evening of networking and celebration.”

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Doreen Cugno, co-founder of the St. George Theatre, Dana Walker-Boyd, and Joe Ingenito enjoy the S.I. Community Alliance Holiday Mixer at the St. George Theatre. (Courtesy Dana Walker Boyd)Courtesy Dana Walker Boyd

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Bobbi Digi of Canvas Institute, left, Commissioner of Cultural Affairs Laurie Cumbo, Honorable Edwina Martin, Esq., Dana Walker Boyd, President Staten Island Community Alliance, & Kimiko Avilez VP of Staten Island Community Alliance. (Courtesy Dana Walker Boyd)Courtesy Dana Walker Boyd

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Claudette Hill, left, Dana Walker Boyd, Dr. Heather Butts enjoy the S.I. Community Alliance Holiday Mixer at the St. George Theatre. (Courtesy Dana Walker Boyd)Courtesy Dana Walker Boyd

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Group photo SICA Board Members and guests at the S.I. Community Alliance Holiday Mixer at the St. George Theatre. (Courtesy Dana Walker Boyd) Courtesy Dana Walker Boyd

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Scene from the S.I. Community Alliance Holiday Mixer at the St. George Theatre: Bobbi Digi of Canvas Institute, left, and Commissioner of Cultural Affairs, Laurie Cumbo. (Courtesy Dana Walker Boyd)(Courtesy Dana Walker Boyd)

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Scene at the S.I. Community Alliance Holiday Mixer at the St. George Theatre: Courtney Oliver, left, Hon. Edwina Martin, Brittany Waddy, E. Chanelle Kelch, Tawana Muniz, Beth Coleman-Oliver and Nicole Meyer, members of the Staten Island Alumnae Chapter, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. (Courtesy Dana Walker Boyd)Courtesy Dana Walker Boyd

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Kecia Weaver, Hank Pegeron, Dana Walker-Boyd, and Hon. Edwina Martin enjoy the S.I. Community Alliance Holiday Mixer at the St. George Theatre. (Courtesy Dana Walker Boyd)Courtesy Dana Walker Boyd

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Dana Walker Boyd with CHASI Ericker Onaga, Diane Arneth, and Aubrey Saunders enjoy the S.I. Community Alliance Holiday Mixer at the St. George Theatre. (Courtesy Dana Walker Boyd)Courtesy Dana Walker Boyd

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Kimiko Avilez, left, and members of the Staten Island NCNW National Council of Negro Women Edwina Martin, Helen Settles, Jennifer Watkins, Courtney Oliver, Dana Walker- Boyd, Madame President Nicole Meyers, Twanna Munoz, Beth Coleman Oliver, Brittany Waddy, Minnie Graham, and Letricia McCleary. (Courtesy Dana Walker Boyd)Courtesy Dana Walker Boyd

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Dana Walker Boyd, forefront center, takes a selfie with friends at the S.I. Community Alliance Holiday Mixer on the St. George Theatre stage. (Courtesy Dana Walker Boyd)Courtesy Dana Walker Boyd

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