La Caņada Valley Sun - News February 2, 2006 Print Version: La Cañada Valley Sun: La Cañada Flintridge, California

LCF Marine's Dying Wish Honored By Fellow Marine

What do a 55-year-old Oklahoman and a 23-year-old La Caņada Marine have in common? When Sgt. Don Grit learned that 2nd Lt. Andrew Torres' dying wish was to help find a cure for cancer, he decided to help.

The day before he died, in April of 2004, Andrew Torres made his parents promise that they would help find a cure for cancer. In the months following his death, Andrew's friends from Palm Crest Elementary School and Flintridge Prep suggested a golf tournament in Andrew's memory.

That's when Sgt. Grit decided to help. Grit, an Oklahoma native, runs a mail order USMC-themed clothing and accessory business. Sgt. Grit learned about the golf tournament through the Marine Corps grapevine. Although he never met the Torres family, Grit decided to support the event with thousands of dollars worth of USMC-themed clothing, books, toys and accessories.

The First Annual Andrew Torres Memorial Golf Tournament netted over $55,000 for a cancer research project at Huntington Medical Research Institutes in Pasadena.

Last Thursday, Sgt. Grit's second package arrived.

"We were very excited when we received Don Grit's donation last week," said Anita Brenner Torres. "This year, there are enough items to stock an entire silent auction."

Elaine LaMarr, a member of the organizing committee, whose son-in-law is a Marine, agreed. "Last year, the USMC golf shirts were hotly contested. This year's auction will be even better, thanks to Sgt. Grit!"

The Second Annual 2nd Lt. Andrew Torres Memorial Golf Tournament will be held Monday, April 3, at the La Caņada Flintridge Country Club. Silent auction items will include USMC women's apparel, baby clothes, books, videos, hat and men's golf-, sweat- and T-shirts.

Tickets for the dinner and silent auction are $60. Tickets for tournament play are $225. There are discounts for active duty military. For more information