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.
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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