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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
SIA’s Join Forces with Southeast NALFO Members to Support the American Heart Association’s Heart Walk November 10, 2011 - Tampa, FL The Gamma Delta, Alpha Sigma and Alpha Xi chapters of Hermandad de Sigma Iota Alpha, Inc. (SIA), along with Southeast NALFO Members from Omega Phi Beta, Sigma Lambda Beta, Lambda Theta Phi, and Lambda Theta Alpha participated in the Tampa Bay Heart Walk for the American Heart Association (AHA). The event took place Saturday, November 5th, 2011 at the Raymond James Stadium, home of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, from 8am-11am. The support from more than 60 Latino Greek members aids AHA to continue its mission of building healthier lives – free of cardiovascular disease and stroke.
these. Many sisters have been aﬀected either directly or indirectly by heart disease. "I participated in the AHA Heart Walk in celebration of my grandfather who passed away two years ago. Walking allows me to give back to the community while supporting a cause that is very important to my family. I love this walk because it makes me feel closer to my Papaw, and I'm very grateful to my hermandad for taking part with me!" stated Chelsey “Jirafa” Gutierrez, Gamma Delta chapter member. The event showcased NALFO Unity in the southeast region – something that former Southeast Regional Vice Chair and now NALFO’s Director of Collegiate Aﬀairs, Sandra “Soledad”Fuentes has always encouraged. According to Meivys “Protagonista” Reyes, Alpha Xi chapter member, "The walk was a lot of fun, and a great way to meet fellow Greeks and work towards a common cause."
SIA made signs explaining why they took part in the walk. Sisters held up signs that read: “Heart disease kills more women than all forms of cancer combined”,” Each minute someone dies from a heart disease related event” and “Heart disease is the leading cause of death among Hispanic/Latinos”. Members of SIA have always made it a priority to raise awareness for causes such as ABOUT THE AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION: The American Heart Association seeks to advance cardiovascular research, strengthen emergency cardiovascular care, and implement heart health programs nationwide. The Heart Walk is a walk hosted by the American Heart Association to raise awareness of cardiovascular disease and funds for continued cardiovascular research. Their mission is: To build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke. That single purpose drives all we do. The need for our work is beyond question.
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
SE SIA's join forces with other NALFO members to participate in the American Heart Association's Heart Walk, bringing awareness to the Tampa...