The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) recognized New York fashion designer Marisol Deluna at its 83rd Annual National Convention & Exposition held in Orlando, Florida on June 29th.  Deluna was honored by the organization during its Presidential Awards Banquet held at the Coronado Springs Resort in Walt Disney World.

National LULAC President Margaret Moran awarded Deluna the organization's prestigious Presidential Commendation Medal for her 23 years in fashion and the example she sets for youth.  

Deluna stated, "To be recognized by LULAC is an incredibly humbling honor.  I am fortunate to support its mission through fashion and mentorship.  It is a privilege for each of us to share knowledge selflessly and partake in charitable endeavors whenever possible."

President Moran added, "Through her achievements as a beautiful Latina woman, she lets young women know that they can do it too."

The evening's host, actor Tony Plana, perhaps best known for his role on Ugly Betty noted about his friend, "Marisol balances her creativity with the art of mentoring others."

Deluna designed LULAC's official scarf, neckerchief and tie for the Women's Commission to raise funds and awareness for the organization.  These designs were recently included in the Marisol Deluna New York 15th Anniversary Fashion Show held in Manhattan.  Marisol wore the scarf redesigned as an elegant floor length skirt at the award ceremony.

About Marisol Deluna New York:

Launched in 1997, the Marisol Deluna New York label and Deluna By Design, Inc. have placed fashion in the service of others alongside their MDNY signature collections.  Marisol and her company support the efforts of cultural, philanthropic and other non-profit organizations by offering couture fashion designs and mentorship.  Marisol Deluna New York items are unique to each organization, help build awareness, enhance public image and raise funds for various community projects internationally. 

Examples include the Girl Scouts of the USA, Alpha Phi Foundation, Colonial Dames of America, Association of Junior Leagues International, Museo Alameda Smithsonian, Pilgrims Society of Great Britain, Landsdowne Club of London and the City of New York.  Visit www.marisoldeluna.com and www.facebook.com/pages/Marisol-Deluna-New-York/136396539727462?ref=ts.

About LULAC:

Headquartered in Washington D.C., LULAC is the nation's largest and oldest civil rights volunteer-based organization that empowers Hispanic Americans and builds strong Latino communities.  LULAC's programs, services and advocacy address the most important issues for Latinos.  Visit www.lulac.org.

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