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Latino Commission on AIDS Welcomes Miss Universe 2007 Riyo Mori as Its Newest 'Madrina' in the Fight Against AIDS

Sunday, December 2, 2007 General News J E 4
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NEW YORK, Dec. 1 "Miss Universe 2007 Riyo Moriis the newest "Madrina" of the Latino Commission on AIDS," announced DennisdeLeon, President of the Latino Commission on AIDS. Miss Universe 2007 RiyoMori visited the offices of the Commission in New York on December 1st, WorldAIDS day and received a commemorative sun pendant, which officially recognizesher as a supporter of the organization and a partner in the fight againstAIDS.

"It is important to me and the Miss Universe Organization to show ourcommitment and solidarity with those impacted by HIV/AIDS, especially on WorldAIDS Day, today I took the HIV test to encourage all communities that it isbetter to know your status," states Miss Moya.

"The fight against HIV and AIDS and the health care needs facing ourcommunity get more challenging every year," said Dennis deLeon, President ofthe Latino Commission on AIDS. "I applaud Miss Universe 2007 Riyo Mori fortaking this action to join our cause and promote the HIV test as an importantstep in the area of prevention and education. She joins a group of vitalsupporters, all of whom are beacons of hope for a future without AIDS."

"We celebrate our partnership with the Miss Universe Organization in thearea of AIDS awareness in our communities," said Guillermo Chacon, VicePresident of the Latino Commission on AIDS. "Miss Universe 2007 Riyo Mori iscommitted to the fight against AIDS. It is an honor for us to name her as our'first Japanese Madrina'."

Miss Universe 2007 Riyo Mori joins India, the "Reigning Queen of Salsa,"and super pop singer Paulina Rubio among others as a madrina. Madrinas andPadrinos of the organization are those individuals that commit themselves topromote prevention and education related to HIV/AIDS. The role ofMadrina/Padrino in the Latino/Hispanic culture is an extended and importantfamily member on whom a family relies for support.

The Latino Commission on AIDS is a nonprofit membership organizationfounded in 1990 dedicated to fighting the spread of HIV/AIDS in theLatino/Hispanic communities. The Commission is the leading national LatinoAIDS organizations coordinating National Latino AIDS Awareness Day and otherprevention and advocacy programs in more than 40 States and Puerto Rico. Formore information visit www.latinoaids.org or www.nlaad.org .

The MISS UNIVERSE(R), MISS USA(R) and MISS TEEN USA(R) Pageants are aDonald J. Trump and NBC Universal partnership. Utilizing its nationwide grassroots infrastructure, the Miss Universe Organization is committed toincreasing HIV/AIDS awareness by focusing on women's health and reproductiveissues. By forging relationships with organizations committed to research andeducation such as the Latino Commission on AIDS, God's Love We Deliver, APICHAand Gay Men's Health Crisis, Miss Universe is armed to impact women today. Formore information visit: www.missuniverse.com.

UNIDOS PODEMOS/UNITED WE CAN

SOURCE Latino Commission on AIDS
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