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Lambda Pi Chi Talent Showcase on Oct. 18 Sets Stage for AIDS Awareness & Prevention in NYC Community

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Kathy Mendoza
Director of Branding and Marketing


October 10, 2013

NEW YORK Latinas Promoviendo Comunidad/Lambda Pi Chi Sorority Inc. invites the community to speak, sing, shout and move in the fight against AIDS at a free talent showcase from 5-8 p.m. on Oct. 18 at the Children’s Hospital at Montefiore Medical Center auditorium, 131 E. Gunhill Road, Bronx, N.Y.

The Latina-focused sorority, Lambda Pi Chi is partnering with the Montefiore Adolescent AIDS Program in the Bronx to present an empowering AIDS awareness and Latino Heritage Month program, which is open to all community members. Besides a cultural talent showcase to mark the official end of Latino Heritage Month, the free Friday event will include raffles and prizes, such as the chance to win a $240 Target gift card or one of four $50 Visa gift cards. Inspirational guest speakers will spread awareness and knowledge about HIV/AIDS and its impact on Latino communities in honor of National Latino AIDS Awareness Day, or NLAAD. Free rapid HIV testing with same-day results also will be provided by Montefiore Medical Center.

The coming event is a pilot for Project L.E.A.A.P., Latinas Educating on AIDS Awareness and Prevention, a national philanthropy of Lambda Pi Chi.

"This program is the kickoff for something we hope to do throughout other regions in the future,” said Vivian Cortés, national vice president of philanthropy for the sorority. "We are stepping outside the college and university campuses where our organization’s programming usually has taken place, and we are making the strategic move in New York City to collaborate with Montefiore AAP, the first adolescent AIDS program in the nation, and a noted leader in the field of HIV care and research.”

An event tied to NLAAD is a fitting endeavor for the sorority’s Project L.E.A.A.P. because of their shared goal of increasing awareness of HIV/AIDS in the Latino population and providing information on prevention, Cortés explained.

"Project L.E.A.A.P. programming has done amazing work on or near World AIDS Day, Dec. 1, but we know college communities are more privileged and protected against HIV transmission,” she said. "The sorority is excited about developing our signature programming by making it a point to work toward improving our impact in communities of highest need.”

Although Lambda Pi Chi has 22 undergraduate chapters spanning the East Coast to the University of Chicago and nine professional/alumni chapters that extend the sorority’s footprint to Southern California, New York is a logical starting place for this Project L.E.A.A.P. event initiative due to high need in the New York City region. According to the New York State Department of Health:

  • New York leads the nation in the number of HIV/AIDS cases.
  • The Bronx has the second-highest rate of new HIV diagnoses in the city, at 28 percent.
  • Latinas and black women account for 29 percent of the New York population but make up 86 percent of women living with HIV/AIDS in the state.

"This new approach to our signature Project L.E.A.A.P. programming has great potential as our chapters seek new ways to increase our impact on decreasing the incidence of HIV/AIDS among Latino and marginalized communities that exist within Lambda Pi Chi’s regions,” Cortés said. "And what’s most exciting of all is that we are approaching this very real issue in a positive way by celebrating our culture, talent and riches while we do the hard work of fighting HIV/AIDS.”

Among the cultural talent to be included in the free Oct. 18 program are spoken-word artists, salsa dance routines and empowering drumming through bomba and palos by The Legacy Circle, a diverse group of artists and educators representing the Caribbean, Africa and Latin America.

For more information on the Oct. 18 event, contact Lambda Pi Chi’s Vivian Cortés at (347) 469-0412 or Justin Toro of Montefiore Medical Center, (718) 882-0232, ext. 220.

View event information here.


Graphics files of the flyer for the Oct. 18 Lambda Pi Chi community event at the Montefiore center are available in two sizes at the links below:

About Latinas Promoviendo Comunidad/Lambda Pi Chi
The first Latina-focused sorority founded at an Ivy League institution, Latinas Promoviendo Comunidad/Lambda Pi Chi Sorority, Inc. was established on April 16, 1988 at Cornell University. Composed of undergraduate, graduate and professional women, Latinas Promoviendo Comunidad/Lambda Pi Chi Sorority, Inc. seeks to unify women through the promotion of community service programs that highlight the contributions of women and people of color with an emphasis on the Latina, and offers opportunities for academic and professional advancement to members of historically underrepresented groups. With 22 undergraduate chapters mostly on the Eastern Seaboard, Lambda Pi Chi looks to expand its network to women of similar fortitude to improve its communities. For more information on Latinas Promoviendo Comunidad/Lambda Pi Chi Sorority Inc., visit Follow us on Twitter (@lambdapichi) and find us on Facebook (/lambdapichi).

About the Adolescent AIDS Program, Children's Hospital at Montefiore
Based in the Bronx, N.Y., the Adolescent AIDS Program at the Children's Hospital at Montefiore Medical Center is a leader in the field of HIV/AIDS among adolescents. The AAP serves as a local and national resource for those living with HIV/AIDS; adolescents who are at-risk for HIV infection; health care providers who treat adolescents living with or at risk for HIV infection; and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or questioning adolescents, their families and caregivers.