La 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.