Dear Business Owner and Managers:
The family of Desmond Jackson is planning a Dinner and Auction to benefit a scholarship fund to honor Desmond. Desmond grew up on Seattle and his family hopes to bring our community together on Nov. 21, 2015 to honor him and support this very worthy cause.
“On February 11th, Desmond Jackson left home with his friends to have a good time on a Saturday night. Early in the morning on February 12th, Desmond and his friends were standing in a parking lot in the SODO district, talking about what they were going to do next. They were laughing and having a good time, when three cars drove up and approached one of Desmond’s friends. Without provocation, someone threw a bottle and hit him. Desmond attempted to calm his friend so he would not engage, but at the same time, gun shots were fired. Desmond was murdered and his friend was shot four times. To date, no arrest has been made...our family feels that the person(s) who committed this crime should be charged, prosecuted and convicted. We believe strongly that they should be held accountable and there should be justice for Desmond. Even with these feelings about the young men who murdered Desmond, we realize we will have to leave this issue to the criminal justice system.
We believe there is value in all humans, even those who have committed crimes. Although Desmond himself made different choices and stayed out of the criminal justice system, we thought: what better way to show our love for him than by working with young men who, for whatever reason, did become engaged in the criminal justice system? Our interest is in working with those that have served their time and need an opportunity to move on with their lives, ready for that next phase in their lives. We would like to offer a scholarship through University Beyond Bars (UBB).
We would also like to offer a scholarship to young men who have not been incarcerated but who need help to attend college. This scholarship would be awarded through Seattle Central Community College, where Desmond was a student at the time of his death.”
Please consider donating an item from your business to the silent auction.
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