Lambda Phi Epsilon
|Lambda Phi Epsilon|
|Founded||February 25, 1981
|Motto||To be Leaders Among Men ΗΓΕΜΟΝΕΣ ΕΝ ΑΝΘΡΩΠΟΙΣ ΕΙΝΑΙ|
|Colors||Royal Blue and White|
|Nicknames||Lambdas, LPhiE, LFE, LiFE|
Los Angeles, California, USA
|Homepage||Lambda Phi Epsilon, Inc|
Lambda Phi Epsilon (ΛΦΕ, also known as LPhiE, LFE or LiFE) is an internationally-recognized fraternity in the United States and Canada. With a total of 57 chapters, it is the largest Asian-interest fraternity in North America. Lambda Phi Epsilon's goals include servicing the community through various philanthropies, increasing Asian awareness, promoting academic scholarship, and strengthening the Asian American voice on campus. Lambda Phi Epsilon Fraternity, Inc. continues to expand to other campuses every year.
Founding Fathers 
A group of nineteen dedicated men decided to form Lambda Phi Epsilon on February 25, 1981. Noting that Asian fraternities and sororities at the UC campuses were recognized only as service organizations due to their memberships focus on specific Asian groups and to the exclusion of other ethnic groups, the goal of the founders was to transcend this limitation. The founders hoped to set new and higher standards of excellence for all Asian-interest organizations to follow, while feeling a need to offer a fraternity that would be recognized by the IFC and the Greek system. While the original charter focused on Asian Pacific Americans, people from all ethnic backgrounds were welcome to join and support the brotherhood of Lambda Phi Epsilon. Their vision was that the members would eventually become the leaders of their respective communities and bridge the gaps that divided the Asian American community through an affiliation with a common organization. Craig Ishigo and Darryl Mu signed the charter as president and vice president, respectively.
National expansion 
Since its founding at the University of California, Los Angeles, Lambda Phi Epsilon has continued to grow and establish presence on campuses all over the nation. Within a few years, the fraternity had chartered to the University of Texas, Austin (Zeta Chapter), the State University of New York, Buffalo (Nu Chapter), and the University of Michigan (Xi Chapter). In 1990, the organization was recognized by the North-American Interfraternity Conference, being the first Asian Interest fraternity to do so. The fraternity has since expanded to all corners of the United States and beyond.
State University of New York, Buffalo (Nu Chapter) was Lambda Phi Epsilon's first chapter to be chartered on the American East Coast. Starting as Delta Gamma Tau, on September 15, 1992, this fraternity merged with Lambda Phi Epsilon (effectively taking on Lambda Phi Epsilon's letters) to unify organizations with identical purposes and to strengthen the Asian-American voice in the campus community.
On December 5, 2004, Lambda Phi Epsilon established a chapter at the University of Toronto (Alpha Xi Chapter), thereby granting Lambda Phi Epsilon status as an international fraternity.
The fraternity's national philanthropy is bone marrow drives. For a patient with leukemia or any other blood disorder, the odds of finding an appropriate match are already slim; their best chance of finding a matching donor lies within their own ethnic community. Unfortunately, Asian donors make up just a small fraction[quantify] of the National Marrow Donor Program (NMDP). Because of this, every chapter of Lambda Phi Epsilon hosts several bone marrow drives in conjunction with the Asian American Donor Program the former Cammy Lee Leukemia Foundation, and Asians for Miracle Marrow Matches, to inform, educate, and recruit potential marrow donors for the NMDP. By increasing the number of Asian donors in the national registry, Lambda Phi Epsilon hopes to better the chances of Asian patients finding donors that they are compatible with.
Lambda Phi Epsilon recognized bone marrow drives as the national philanthropy when Evan Chen, a brother from Stanford University, was diagnosed with leukemia. The fraternity, along with Evan’s friends, organized a joint effort to find a bone marrow match for Evan. What resulted was the largest bone marrow typing drive in the history of the National Marrow Donor Program and AADP (Asian American Donor Program). In a matter of days, over 2000 people were typed. A match was eventually found for Evan, unfortunately by that time the disease had taken its toll on him and he died in 1996. Since then, chapters across the nation hold annual bone marrow drives to help others find matching bone marrow. In particular, the fraternity seeks out "minority donors because they are the hardest to find." 
In addition to hosting bone marrow drives on a national level, individual chapters of Lambda Phi Epsilon participate in local philanthropies including Habitat for Humanity, AIDS walks, beach clean-ups, highway adoptions, and assisting the elderly community. On many occasions, the fraternity has teamed up with other student organizations to help fund raise for various charities. Brothers also participate annually in Relay 4 Life, a 12-hour walk or run marathon, and in 2007, Lambda Phi Epsilon at the University of Toronto raised over $1500 in support of funding cancer research.
Lambda Phi Epsilon has a total of 57 chapters in North America, with more than half of its chapters concentrated in California, New York, and Texas. A complete list of Lambda Phi Epsilon's chapters and links to their websites can be found at the link given above.
National convention 
Lambda Phi Epsilon holds an annual convention during Memorial Day weekend at various locations around the world. The convention is a national event for members to get together for business and pleasure, and is one of the largest Asian American gatherings in the United States. Parties, meetings, as well as brotherhood showcases where members from their respective chapters can perform a dance or step are held all weekend long. The winning chapter is awarded a sword called the "Keight." Named after the original eight step team members from the University of California, Santa Cruz (Kappa Chapter), the "Keight" is a figurative trophy passed down from the previous year's winner. Meetings are held to elect national board members and review current policies, and career development workshops are set up to help current members develop skills used in the professional world. The weekend closes with a banquet.
Notable alumni 
- Yul Kwon - Winner of Survivor: Cook Islands and named one of People magazine's Sexiest Men for 2006. Served as deputy chief of the Federal Communications Commission's Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau  and is now host of a new show on PBS called "America Revealed".
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- "'Top Chef winner Paul Qui serves Filipino inspired meal". ABS-CBN News. 2012. Retrieved 2012-04-22.
- Lambda Phi Epsilon National Fraternity, Inc
- Asian American Donor Program
- Asians for Miracle Marrow Matches
- Cammy Lee Leukemia Foundation
- Parker, Pearman (2007-01-31). "Blood Drive Keeps Georgia Stayin' Alive". The Red and Black Publishing Company Inc. Retrieved 2008-08-20. UGA Chapter
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