California SIAs Partner with Autism in Long Beach

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California SIAs Partner with Autism In Long Beach for their Holiday Angles Match Program January 11, 2012 - Long Beach, CA

The Alpha Zeta Chapter at California State University, Dominguez Hills and the Gamma Iota Graduate/Alumnae Chapter in California of Hermandad de Sigma Iota Alpha, Inc. (SIA) partnered with Jane Tipton and Autism in Long Beach for their first annual Angels Match Christmas Party on December 22, 2011. Members of SIA sponsored four “angels” and granted each a Christmas wish. The sisters had the opportunity to meet their angels and spend time with their families. One of the angels, Kaitlyn, presented the Alpha Zeta and Gamma Iota Chapters of SIA with handmade angel ornaments and said, “Here’s an angel and they have wings. Thank you for being my angel.”

There were over 80 children, their siblings, and family members present at the event. Through the generosity of local business owners, Autism in Long Beach, members of SIA, and other volunteers each child in attendance went home with a gift for the holidays. “I have worked with autistic children across the spectrum and understand how difficult it can get for their families,” said Tiara Simmons a member of SIA and ALB volunteer whose niece has autism, “It was just a great way to give back and show these families that they have our support.”

ABOUT THE AUTISM IN LONG BEACH: Autism in Long Beach provides awareness, resources, and support for families on the spectrum. Its goal is to raise community awareness and inclusion for the families in Long Beach and surrounding areas. Its purpose is to gather residents and demand that Long Beach become the #1 city globally to take care of its special needs families. Jane Tipton is the Founder and CEO of Autism in Long Beach. Most importantly, she is a single parent and proud mother of a non-verbal autistic 4-year-old son. For more information visit

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. V P o f C o m m u n i c a t i o n s : Je s s i c a P u e n t e s , v p . c o m m u n i c a t i o n s . 1 9 9 0 @ g m a i l . c o m