Hermandad de Sigma Iota Alpha, Inc. P. O . B o x 1 1 7 3 ■ N e w Yo r k , N Y 1 0 1 5 6
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Hermandad de Sigma Iota Alpha, Inc. raises over $1,500 for AIDSWalk New York, NY - June 20, 2011 HIV/AIDS rates in the nation’s Latino Community are increasing and have reached levels of concern across the country. In order to help raise awareness and funding, the women of Hermandad de Sigma Iota Alpha, Inc. participate in annual AIDSWalk events. The New York Metro Region has specifically been involved in AIDSWalk New York for a decade. This walk, which took place on May 15, 2011 in Central Park, benefits a number of HIV/ AIDS related charities, most notably the Gay Men’s Health Crisis (GMHC). The passion that many sisters have for this cause is apparent in their annual efforts. Our organization would like to recognize one of our newest alumnae, Darlin “Nadira” Padilla (Gamma Gamma Chapter/Theta Chapter Alumna) for being one of our top fundraisers for AIDSWalk NY. Belen “Suro” Ferriera, Regional Director of the Gamma Gamma Chapter (NY/NJ Grad/Alumnae) spearheaded SIA’s AIDSWalk NY team. She noted, “I am delighted to once again have been involved in such a great cause and to have worked with dedicated Hermanas from the New York area. I was honored that Hermanas from Gamma Alpha (Greater
Washington DC Alumnae) joined us in our efforts by sponsoring our team." In order to increase awareness and fundraising for this event, the Gamma Gamma Chapter hosted one of their signature “Toast 4 Charity” events in April. This year’s “Toast 4 Charity” event marked the first Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) centric event hosted by the chapter at a local LGBT friendly establishment, Evolve Bar & Lounge, on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. Most recently, Hermanas in Massachusetts participated in AIDSWalk Boston on June 5, 2011. AIDSWalk is a national initiative created and produced by Craig R. Miller (© MZA Events, 2008). The majority of Latinas living with HIV/ AIDS, approximately 70%, were infected through heterosexual contact. (http:// www.latinoaids.org/hivlatinos.php) June 5, 2011 marked 30 years of AIDS in the United States. Although there have been major medical advances in treatment and prevention, HIV/AIDS education is still a critical part in the fight against this disease. Hermandad de Sigma Iota Alpha, Inc. will continue in the fight against HIV/AIDS and encourages prevention as well as awareness to all.
ABOUT AIDSWALK AIDSWALK New York was founded in 1986 by Craig R. Miller and his organization of activists, MZA Events (mzaevents.com). Since 1986, AIDS Walk New York has raised more than $116 million for HIV programs and services in the tri-state area, and has grown into the largest AIDS fundraising event in the world. In 2010 alone, 45,000 participants, many of whom were members of more than 3,000 corporate and community teams, raised over $5.8 million for GMHC (For more information, please visit gmhc.org) and 50 other tri-state area AIDS service organizations. For more information visit www.aidswalk.net/newyork AIDSWALK Boston started in 1986 and runs annually on the first Sunday in June. AIDS Walk Boston is an annual grassroots event benefiting AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts, New England’s largest and oldest AIDS service organization. For more information, please visit www.aac.org
ABOUT HERMANDAD DE SIGMA IOTA ALPHA, INC. (SIA): SIA was founded in New York on September 29, 1990 by thirteen Latina women with the purpose of creating an organization that would help their communities, unite women, promote the Latino culture and uphold a set of distinct goals. Our dedication to scholarship, service and professional development within the Latino community has grown beyond New York, with chapters in several states including New Jersey, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, Georgia, Florida, Texas, Illinois, Michigan, and California. We are also a 501(c)7 tax-exempt organization and we work in conjunction with the Solidaridad Inspiración Amistad Community Foundation, Inc.- a 501(c)3 Community Foundation committed to scholarship, service and professional development within Latino communities nationally. Together, we administer a national scholarship fund for incoming college freshmen who demonstrate academic merit, service to communities in need and exemplary leadership capabilities.
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