April 8, 2019
It is with a heavy heart that I write this about my dear friend Jett.
Though we were friends for a short period of time, his impact on my life and all those around him can be felt at work and in our social lives. A sweet young man with lots of love and more than enough sass to pass around he was an educator and advocate for the LGBTQ communtiy and kids.
This was to be his first year joining me in lending a helping hand to the Leo Foundation because of the hard work and effort for the kids. He was excited to meet everyone and volunteer his time, even telling me he wanted to get his hands dirty in the kitchen.
Sadly my dear, sweet, sassy friend will miss his first Leo Party event. I do not know the what or why, that's not for me to know. It is personal and it belongs to Jett. All I know is that we were going to talk about Leo Party and that night he took his own life.
I will miss him every day. His smile, his hugs, his eloquent turn of a phrase, his sass, his heart. In his name and honor I dedicate this memorial in his name. For all that he stood and worked for in his community, I know he will be at Leo Party in spirit.
2003 – The first Leo Party started at Neighbours Nightclub with the support of Seattle's favorite entertainers including the legendary Mr. Sean Paul!
2012 – Joe Torres chose Youth Suicide Prevention Program as its beneficiary to assist young LGBTQ members suffering from suicide risks.
2013 - With the support of Muckleshoot Charities, the Leo Party raised $15,000 for Seattle Counseling Service, a local nonprofit that serves the LGBTQ communities and provides mental health and addiction treatment.
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The world can be challenging sometimes, and I understand what it's like to withstand these obstacles. With the help of family and friends, we can rise above. I believe in helping each other, in community, in family. The Leo Foundation organizes humble but fun efforts to help out in a loving and caring way.
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Mr. Joe Torres