Four distinguished New Yorkers join the Dominican Day Parade’s Board of Directors

The Dominican Day Parade, Inc. (DDP), a nonprofit organization that promotes and elevates the culture and folklore of the Dominican people in the United States, held a press conference on Wednesday, May 2, 2018 at Brown Sugar Restaurant to announce the appointment of four new board members, the 2018 Parade theme “Our Youth, Our Future” and the 2018 Scholarship and Social Media Contest Winner.

The four new board members were elected at the March meeting, after an extensive search by the Board. They include former New York State Governor, the Honorable David A. Paterson; former NYC Council Member and Brooklyn Deputy Borough President, the Honorable Diana Reyna; Director of Government and Community Relations at Good Shepherd Services, Ms. Annie E. Minguez; and Assistant Director of Community and Intergovernmental Affairs at the NYC Health & Hospitals/King County, Ms. Xiomara T. Wallace.

“The Dominican Day Parade Board is proud to include these distinguished new members on the Board. Their diversity, public and private experience will serve our organization well as we continue our work to empower and support young adults by providing scholarships that help ensure academic success. With this action we prepare our organization for succession,” said Ms. Maria M. Khury, Chairperson of the Dominican Day Parade Board of Directors.

The new board members shared their vision and excitement. Governor Paterson expressed his commitment by stating, “It is an honor for anyone to serve on the Dominican Day Parade Board, but when you are chosen as the first non-Dominican to help produce this event, it is among the few highest honors of one’s life. Thank you”.

Hon. Diana Reyna said, “As the first Dominican American woman elected to hold public office in New York State, I am truly delighted to join the Dominican Day Parade Board of Directors. I applaud the legacy of past and present board members’ extraordinary contributions and I look forward to building together on the Parade’s great work”.

Ms. Xiomara Wallace who has been a past supporter of the parade alluded to our scholarship event and stated, “My commitment is to help and support others achieve their dreams.” A dream that is clearly on the mind of one of our achievers and scholarship recipient, Ms. Fraynette Familia, the 2018 Scholarship and Social Media Contest winner, who joyously remarked, “My experience with the DDP has been nothing short of positive. As soon as I arrived at the scholarship ceremony, I felt like I was immediately indoctrinated into a family of Dominican scholars and joined a network of people like me, who wanted to see me thrive. The scholarship was a blessing for me and the support I received from them since has been more than I could have imagined. I am honored to be a part of this new family”.

The DDP conducted a social media contest with their scholarship recipients. Ms. Familia won by actively promoting her involvement and experience as a scholarship recipient. Hundreds of Tweets and Instagram likes later she was presented with a roundtrip, non-stop ticket to any JetBlue destination.

Ms. Annie E. Minguez has been active with the DDP since 2015. She was a member of the Community Advisory Committee. As a BOD she stated, “It is such an honor to join the Board. I look forward to furthering our work to support young people through the scholarship program and to continue to raise the awareness of the facets that make up the Dominican American experience”.

At the press conference, the board of directors distributed a very busy calendar of events explaining that the organization is more than a parade.


  • Leslie Espaillat

    There comes a time when all the struggles, strives for a better life and achievements are recognized within the Dominican community with this wonderful event “The Dominican Day Parade.” May we continue to prosper and share our talents, skills, knowledge and gifts with the rest of Humanity. Happy Dominican Day (8-12-2018)!

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