Friday, January 10, 2003

Atons Holiday Fundraiser benefits Aliveness Project

(Leather Life column published in Lavender Magazine, Issue #199, January 10, 2003)

As we wave goodbye to the 2002 holiday season, here are some photos from the annual Atons Holiday Fundraiser, which was held December 15 at The Saloon. The event’s sole beneficiary was The Aliveness Project.


Members, associates, friends and other supporters of the Atons surround some of the 900 pounds of grocery items collected at the fundraiser for the Aliveness Project’s Holiday Basket program. From left: Robby Roberts, Mark Ludwig, Dennis Wunderlich, Paul “Nicky” Nicholson and Jim Courtney.

Atons members Sam Carlisle (club president), Matt Grimes, and Paul Rozendaal at the auction cashier table. The 4th annual Silent Auction, along with door receipts, raised over $2,700 for The Aliveness Project.

At their Holiday Fundraiser the Atons introduced several new Associate Members and two new Pledges (candidates for full membership). New Associate Members, from left: Josh Conrade, Andrew Bertke, Jack Erickson, Jim and (separate photo) Kellen Slagle.

New Atons Pledge Lars McCrary (left) with Keith Cheetham, Atons Pledgemaster (right).

Keith Cheetham, Atons Pledgemaster (left) congratulates new Atons Pledge Vince McGhee.

Leather barber Vince McGhee and his barber chair were busy all evening. He’s shown here giving Brad Rystedt a trim.

The evening’s special leather guest entertainer Barry Barrett (seated) gets his boots shined by bootblack Kelley Herridge. Barrett later modeled some of the Silent Auction items.

Atons “Snowball” Sunday, Jan. 12

The next Atons event, “Snowball,” takes place on Sunday, January 12, 6-10 PM at The Tank. $5 at the door includes beer, soda and hors d’oeuvres.

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