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posted Friday, August 13, 2010 - Volume 38 Issue 33
Joe's 7th annual Leo Party raises funds for community
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Joe's 7th annual Leo Party raises funds for community

by James Whitely - SGN Staff Writer

Leo Party
August 8
Neighbours Nightclub


On August 8, Joe Torres held his annual Leo Party at Neighbours Nightclub on Capitol Hill. The Neighbours bartender has been using his birthday as a fundraiser for local LGBT organizations for the past seven years now, and the Leo Party has become a Neighbours tradition that draws large crowds and stellar entertainers.

This year's Leo Party was a fundraiser for Lifelong AIDS Alliance and Entre Hermanos.

Joe has been a bartender at Neighbours for eight years now. Early on in his time there, he simply asked Neighbours management if he could hold his birthday party as an event at the venue. With their blessing, he created the Leo Party, and is able to use the event as a way to fundraise for the community each year.

In past years, Torres had used the event to fundraise for Rise 'n' Shine, HRC, Dunshee House, and many other LGBT non-profits and typically raises around $700-800.

"It's just a good feeling to be with my friends, have a party, and do something for the community," Torres told SGN.

This year's Leo Party brought out approximately 250 people and featured performances from Roxy Doll, Gaysha Starr, Sean Paul, Aleksa Manila, Layla Manila, and many others.

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