Designer and Historian P. Mendez Celebrates Birthday

On Wednesday, July 5th a birthday celebration honoring fashion maven Padrica Mendez was held at St. Johns Town Center Maggiano’s Italian Restaurant. The theme for the evening was “Dinner with a Diva.” Ms Mendez was joined by 19 friends and family who lauded her for the rich contributions to fashion, Afro inspired costumes and culture and Biblical insights she has shared throughout her life. Guests raised their glass to toast the diva with heartfelt reflections. In closing, Ms. Mendez said she was moved by their love and that in all her years she had never had a birthday party. The event was planned and brought to fruition by Rahman Johnson and Padrica Mendez, II. Shown enjoying the festivities are (l-r standing) Reverend Rosa Mary Luccio, Michelle Boykins, Selena Mendez, Lejura Battle, Ann Battle, Arlene Comeran Lloyd, Lenija Battle, Romeake Scott, Lindsey Bivens, Algia Frazier, Dr.Henry Gates, and Mrs. A.C. Gates. (l-r kneeling) Maretta Lattimore, Rahman Johnson and honoree, Ms. Padrica Mendez. Photo Sidi Read

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