We are a nonprofit organization whose only
goal is to celebrate the sign of the Leo and raise money & awareness for
local organizations that do so much for our community.
A little bit of history of the Leo Party.....
When the late George Zander turned forty, in 1984, his family and friends threw a huge party in Seattle. Everyone spent lots of money on gifts and black “over the hill” paraphernalia. Though enjoying the festivities and adoration- what Leo wouldn’t, he vowed to change the celebration of his birthday to a celebration with no gifts, and he suggested that his friends and family write checks to their favorite charity in the name of Leos.
The party grew and when George joined the Board of the Seattle AIDS Support Group (SASG), the Leo Party for SASG was born. It always occurred during Seattle's short but lovely summer. The location moved about but was always outdoors. It remained a party to celebrate Leos and all that admire them!
Upon migrating to the Desert, George met up with other Leos including the Mixtress Victoria at a party Antonio was hosting for Paul- a fellow Leo for him at a local resort. During this said party attendees were asked to don boas, tiaras and such. Cocktails, nosh, gifts & especially fun were abound. It was at this Leo Party a new round of Leo Parties began.
Previous years the event was held at a local night club. For the first time in Leo Party history in 2011 Some Fabulous Leos held this spectacular event at the home of two of the founding members, Antonio & Paul Lopez-Cochran. The 10th Annual Leo Party, keeping with the festive theme was "Under the Big Top 10". It was held poolside at the home of Greg Rodriguez. Guests enjoyed plenty of food sponsored by Mr. Greg Paige, Bongo Johnny's. Full Bar was generously donated by Streetbar & Mr. Haskamp. Guests were entertained by the likes of The A List,The Mentalist, Mr. Brent Webb and the acrobatic styling of Flowbox. Superb raffle prizes & select auction items contributed to The Center and The Pinnacle Fund. Raising well over $7000.00!
In 2013, the theme "Courage...Follow us on the Yellow Brick Road" created a festive atmosphere at the historical Skylark Resort Hotel. The total raised for 2013 was over $9000 that was split between two great organizations that supports our youth.
In 2014 & 2015 were proud to support SafeHouse of the Desert (www.safehouseofthedesert.com)
with Community Support, provides Emergency Shelter, Intervention and Outreach Services to Youth in Crisis.
This year we are proud to have L-Fund (www.L-Fund.org) & Raina Chessman Fund (www.transcc.org) as our beneficiaries.
The L-Fund was established with a focus on providing assistance to those in the local Lesbian community experiencing a financial crisis or who are in need of additional emergency assistance.
The Raina Chessman Fund is a fund that the Raina Chessman Committee (under Transgender Community Coalition), created to to help Transgender and Intersex people within the Coachella Valley when they have emergency assistance needs (preventing homelessness, electric bill / utilities cut-off, etc).
Catholic Charities and Salvation Army (along with other established “charities”) will not provide assistance to either of these populations; The L-Fund and The Raina Chessman Fund are ways to ensure that anyone in our community who is experiencing a crisis has a resource available.