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Lambda Upsilon Lambda Wins NALFO Philanthropic Organization of the Year

New York, NY — May 2013

hslide-la-unidad-latina-lul-philanthropyLa Unidad Latina, Lambda Upsilon Lambda Fraternity, Incorporated won NALFO’s prestigious National Philanthropic Organization of the Year award at NALFO’s 2013 Spring Meeting in Queens, NY. The announcement was made at NALFO’s 15th Anniversary Crystal Gala this past Saturday May 18th, 2013.

The organization’s goal for 2012 was to not only enhance current service efforts but to also launch transcending philanthropic initiatives. Lambda Upsilon Lambda increased the number of P.A.T.H.E. (Providing Access To Higher Education) events throughout the country, participated in national and community services and charities, and raised funds for La Unidad Latina Foundation to be used for scholarships and grants. For the first time since its inception, the professional Medical Guild of La Unidad Latina, Lambda Upsilon Lambda Fraternity, Inc. and volunteers embarked on a medical mission trip to the Dominican Republic. Over their one-week mission in several poverty stricken areas they were able to assist over 1000 patients in need of medical care.

In the face of adversity, Lambda Upsilon Lambda was also able to raise over $120,000 for fraternity brother Jonel Gonzalez who tragically lost seven family members in a car accident. The “Para Jonel” campaign was successful through the generous support of family, friends, celebrities and, most importantly, the NALFO community.

The NALFO National Philanthropic Organization of the Year is awarded in recognition of an organization that has demonstrated excellence in:

  • Promoting of Community Service and philanthropic endeavors at the National Level
  • Participation of Community Service outside of their respective organizations
  • Proven success of national community service programming
  • Participation of NALFO philanthropic events

NALFO also awarded two individual Lambda brothers for their philanthropic and community service efforts. Hermano Eric Amador received the Undergraduate Philanthropic Excellence Award and Hermano Keith Garcia received the Unidad Project Award. La Unidad Latina, Lambda Upsilon Lambda Fraternity, Inc. congratulates these brothers for their excellence in service and leadership by example.

The National Association of Latino Fraternal Organizations, Inc. (NALFO) was established in 1998 to promote the advancement of Latino/a fraternities and sororities. Today NALFO networks with 20 member Latino/a fraternities and sororities that are bound by a shared commitment to fraternal unity and the values that Latino/a fraternal life entails. NALFO’s purpose is to promote and foster positive interfraternal relations, communication, and development of Latino/a Fraternal organizations through mutual respect, leadership, honesty, professionalism and education.

Lambda Upsilon Lambda Will Host 2013 National Convention in Las Vegas

New York, NY — May 2013

convention_logo_finalLa Unidad Latina, Lambda Upsilon Lambda Fraternity, Incorporated will host its 25th National Convention (NC) in Las Vegas, NV. On this occasion, members of over 80 chapters and alumni nationwide will convene in Las Vegas to celebrate the organization’s 31st Anniversary and discuss issues concerning Latino Americans in the United States. NC will take place from July 18-21, 2013 at The Palms Hotel and Casino Resort.

The theme at this year’s convention is “A Vision Forward.” The weekend will be filled with business and social events open to fraternity members and community members alike. Some highlights include the Conferences, Awards Gala, “Lambda Expo” – a career fair and vendor exhibition, P.A.T.H.E. school renovation project, SILK Stroll competition and several social events.

Las Vegas is an exciting city with much to offer. Convention attendees will experience many great attractions, outdoor excursions and a vibrant nightlife. From its many shops and relaxing spas to its fine dining and world-renowned shows, Las Vegas has a little something for everyone to enjoy.

Registration and all information regarding National Convention can be found at http://www.LambdaNC.org. For sponsors and vendors interested in participating at convention; and for questions regarding our conferences and events, please contact the Convention Committee at committee.convention@launidadlatina.org.

Lambda Upsilon Lambda Launches New National Website To Commemorate Its 31st Founding Anniversary

New York, NY — February 2013

On Tuesday, February 19th the National Leadership of La Unidad Latina, Lambda Upsilon Lambda Fraternity, Inc. successfully launched its new national website to commemorate its 31st Founding Anniversary. Since its inception on February 19th, 1982 at Cornell University, the Fraternity has taken on a role in meeting the needs of the Latino community through cultural awareness, community service, and the promotion of Latino culture and its diverse peoples.

In keeping with this year’s theme, “A Vision Forward,” the new national website will showcase aesthetic, functional and structural enhancements. The goal was to develop a more resourceful tool for all members of the organization while reinforcing their identity to the public. The new website offers quick and easy access to essential material which is part of the organization’s ongoing efforts to enhance the quality and availability of information.

“We wanted our new website to reflect who we are while highlighting our many accomplishments and initiatives,” said Gilbert Cortes, President of La Unidad Latina, Lambda Upsilon Lambda Fraternity, Inc.

Lambda Upsilon Lambda’s new initiatives include the Medical Mission, the Lambda Guilds in Medicine, Law and Education as well as staple initiatives such as Providing Access To Higher Education (PATHE). Information on these and other national and regional events will give visitors greater insight to the organization’s current and future goals. The website also integrates other communication and social networking tools in order to further enhance the real-time distribution of significant news.

The national website is one of many steps La Unidad Latina, Lambda Upsilon Lambda Fraternity, Inc. is taking towards “A Vision Forward.” In celebration of it’s Founders Day the organization welcomes everyone to visit the new www.launidadlatina.org.

LUL Fulfills First Medical Mission in the Dominican Republic

New York, NY — June, 2012

On Wednesday, April 25th the professional Medical Guild of La Unidad Latina, Lambda Upsilon Lambda Fraternity, Inc. and volunteers embarked on a medical mission trip to the Dominican Republic. Over their one week mission in several poverty stricken areas they were able to assist over 1000 patients in need of medical care.

The Lambdas in Medicine Guild was formed in 2011 with the goal of uniting professional medical members of La Unidad Latina, Lambda Upsilon Lambda Fraternity, Inc. in order to deliver more efficient care, advocate for the Latino community, and to serve as a resource for Latinos at every level of medical training and practice.

Planning for their first major project as a Medical Guild began in the Fall of 2011 with the recruitment of Hermanos in the field of medicine. “This is an initiative that has never been done before and we are setting a precedent,” Julio Carballo said. As the Director of Alumni Affairs for the fraternity, Carballo stressed the historical implications this mission would have for the fraternity and Latino community as well.

Lambda members and volunteers partnered with the non-governmental organization (NGO) Corazon Del Siervo. Together they visited 5 different towns all across the island and helped over 1000 patients who lacked proper medical care. Carballo recalls many of the harsh conditions they were faced with while visiting certain villages. “We went into villages that had nothing, from no sanitation to dying patients. We gave these people some hope and kids’ especially appreciated the time we spent with them” he said. Several patients who suffered from diabetes and AIDS had not been treated for their diseases or illness for over a year. One of the highlights of the trip was Hermano Vicente Diaz saving a patient’s eye sight by performing a surgical procedure never before done in the Dominican Republic. Dr. Vicente Diaz was recently honored for his leadership during the mission at the 2012 Dream Garden Gala hosted by the Hostos Education Project.

The medical mission came to an end on Wednesday, May 2nd as the group left the Dominican Republic accomplishing many goals and undergoing a life changing experience themselves. The Medical Guild of Lambda Upsilon Lambda Fraternity, Inc. is planning their second medical mission for 2013 in a location to be announced later in the year. Following their initial trip they will now also call upon non-medical members of the fraternity and volunteers to assist in other areas of need such as education.

For more information on the Medical Guild or mission trip please contact Julio Carballo at julio.carballo@launidadlatina.org.

Lambda Brother Jonel Gonzalez Loses Seven In Crash; Donation Campaign Raises $125,000

Bronx, NY — May, 2012

On Sunday, April 29th Jonel Gonzalez, Hermano of La Unidad Latina, Lambda Upsilon Lambda Fraternity, Inc. (Beta Gamma Chapter, Spring 2012), suffered a devastating loss when his mother, sister, aunt, two young cousins and both grandparents (7 in total) were involved in a fatal car accident in Bronx, New York. Fraternity members started on online donation campaign with the hopes to raise enough money for proper funeral services for all seven family members. In the three days since the campaign began, the brothers have raised approximately $125,000 and counting.

Jonel’s family was on its way home to celebrate the arrival of the grandparents from the Dominican Republic and his sister’s upcoming First Communion. The SUV his mother was driving suddenly flipped over a barrier of the Bronx River Parkway at the edge of the road and plunged into a section of the Bronx Zoo. The cause of the crash, which happened around 12:30 p.m., was unclear according to officials.

Upon learning of the tragic accident Hermanos Keith Garcia, Lizardo Uribe and Gianni Marci quickly began local efforts in order to assist our fellow Hermano in his time of need. An online donation campaign was started on PayPal.com and WePay.com for Hermanos to help ease the financial burden that comes with funeral services for 7 family members. Through the power of social media Jonel and his family received an unprecedented amount of support and donations not only from Hermanos, but a national community as well. In only three days of the #SupportJonelGonzalez and #ForTheLove campaign, the fraternity has been able to raise approximately $125,000 surpassing their initial goal of $100,000.

“We based our goal on what the average cost of a funeral can be,” Garcia said. “We also have to take into account that the family is not based in New York City, they have relatives in the Dominican Republic, and the grandparents were from there – transporting the bodies to the D.R. is going to cost more.”

The national leadership of La Unidad Latina, Lambda Upsilon Lambda Fraternity, Inc. (LUL) have also made a generous donation to Hermano Jonel’s family and has assisted with all current local efforts.

“Through this emotional time, we have been extremely touched by the generosity and support toward our organization, and most importantly, Jonel and his family,” said Mario Rivera, Chairman of the Board of Trustees. “On behalf of La Unidad Latina, I humbly thank you for walking next to us during this tough time,” added Mr. Rivera.

The national support was especially plentiful from that of the National Association of Latino Fraternal Organizations (NALFO) board and it’s members. “Almost every President has contacted me, expressed their condolences, and pledged a national donation, as well as promising to pass the message on to their memberships,” said Manuel Cabrera, National Council President of LUL.

The services arranged for the Gonzalez family are as follows:

  • The Wake will be taking place at Parkchester Funeral Home located at 1430 Unionport Road, Bronx, NY 10462 on Thursday May 3rd from 4pm-9pm.
  • The Funeral will be taking place at St. Raymond’s Church located at 1759 Castle Hill Ave., Bronx, NY 10462 (between East Tremont and Castle Hill) on Friday May 4th at 9:45am.

All Hermanos are encouraged to wear their fraternal Arm Band in solidarity and support for Hermano Jonel Gonzalez even if they are not able to attend the wake or funeral services.

The support of Hermanos and the community nationwide is giving Jonel strength to carry on. “I will never be able to express how grateful my family and I are,” Gonzalez said. “Throughout all the sorrow and darkness, this support is the only light I see.”

For more information or to make a donation and continue your support please visit the official website www.SupportJonel.com

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