Dominican Day Parade Gala Honoring & Empowering our Dominican Women NYC- 2016

By: Liliana Rocio, Senior Editor For World Liberty TV

The Dominican Day Parade (DDP) revealed the names of 25 extraordinary Dominican women driving change across the fields of science, public service, arts and business, who will be honored at this year’s gala and parade. The first time the Dominican Day Parade takes an active role in celebrating the contributions of Dominican women, a key focus for the new board of directors, which was established in 2015.

The long-list of honorees is made up ofnotable women including a young Dominican activist known for helping women embrace their natural curls, to distinguished visual artists, whose work has been shown in the Smithsonian Museum of American Art, The Newark Museum, and El Muse o Del Barrio among many others. These are just a few examples of the remarkable Dominican women being honored by the Dominican Day Parade this year.

“It is a great privilege to participate in this year’s Dominican Day Paradein New York. It will be a holiday to celebrate our country, land of peace and glory and God blessed forever,”said Juan Luis Guerra, the Grand Marshal leading this year’s march on Sunday, August 14.

In addition to the parade, the DDP is hosting their annual Gala with a performance by Fernandito Villalona, at Terrace On The Park in Queens on Friday, August 12 .

The following Politicians were on hand to support the Dominican Day Parade:

Manhattan Borough President :  Gale Brewer,  NY State Attorney  General: Eric T.Schneideman, NYC Comptroller: Scott M.Stringer, Jose Peralta: NY State Senator for The 13th District, Antonio Reynoso: Council Member Brooklyn & Queens 34th DistrictDiana Reyes : Deputy Brooklyn Borough President ., And many more .


The Following Dominican Women were honored:

Ambassadors of Community Service:

Zenaida Mendez ,Dir of MNN El Barrio Firehouse ,Community Media Center

Ana-Ofelia Rodriguez,PhD, Director of Community Engagement of BHC (Broadway Housing Communities)

Rosita Romero,Executive Director Dominican Women’s Development Center

Ambassadors of Fashion:

Milagros Batista,Founder /Owner Batista Collections (Handmade Crochet & Knitwear)

Lucia Rodriguez,Founder /Owner Lucio Rodriguez Wedding & Fashion Designs


Ambassadors of Health:

Dr.Angela Diaz,MD,MPH,Director of the Mount Sinai Adolescent Center

Dr.Amarilis Jacobo,DDS, General Dentistry in private practice, President of the Hispanic Dental Association

Cooperative  Home Care Associates (CHCA)  Nationally known worker-owned home care agency

Rising Stars:

Jenny Jorge,VP Operations at Compare Foods

Rosanna Vargas,Esq., Litigation Attorney at Akerman LLP Commissioner of the Board of Elections in The City of New York

Alejandra Y. Castillo, National Director Minority Business Development Agency

Embajadora Del Sabor:

Daysi Medina Lebron,Founder of Bizcocho de Colores

Margarita Santana, Founder /Owner  of Margot Restaurant

Ambassadors of Science and Innovation:

Dora Maria Abreu,PMP,CSM,IT Project Manager at Credit Suisse, Speaker ,Trainer& Coach at John Maxwell Team

Dr.Karina Edmonds Technology Transfer Coordinator for the U.S. Department  of Energy  (DOE)

Special Recognition:  

Clarissa Molina,Nuestra Belleza Latina 2016

Entertainment Band:

Fernando Villalona & Orchestra.

The Dominican Day Parade took place on Sunday Aug 14th 2016, in NYC, The Grand Marshall was Juan Luis Guerra, Dominican Musician ,Composer and Singer born in Santo Domingo and Daisy Auger-Dominguez, Global Head of Diversity Staffing at Google, was the La Madrina.

About the Dominican Day Parade, Inc.

Dominican Day Parade, Inc. is a nonprofit 501(c)(3), non-partisan organization that

organizes the annual parade and festivities that promote the richness of the culture,

folklore and popular traditions of the Dominican Republic. The organization strives to

provide an understanding of theheritage and contributions of the Dominican

community in America and throughout the world. The organization provides

scholarships to aspiring Dominican students in the Dominican diaspora, elevating our

focus on educational achievement and excellence.

See More about the Dominican Day Parade events 2016.

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