(Leather Life column published in Lavender Magazine, Issue #224, December 26, 2003)
In the spirit of the holiday season, here are some photos of the recent Holiday Fundraiser presented by The Atons of Minneapolis at The Saloon on December 7. It turned out to be a very successful event, netting over $4,000 and 750 pounds of food for the benefit of the Aliveness Project’s Holiday Basket Program.
PC070035.JPG: Glen Edberg, left, and Jim Courtney, right, holding some of the 750 lbs. of food people brought to the fundraiser.
IMG_1611-vi.jpg: Atons President B.D. Chambers, left, and Aliveness Project representative Randy Hornstine, right.
PC070001.JPG: This year’s silent auction of leather goods and other merchandise was the best ever in terms of the amount of money raised. Here, some shoppers (Peter Kelly, Roger Payne and Doug Waalen) inspect the merchandise.
PC070014.JPG: Left to right: Frank Kruk, Ed Skjaret and Matt Wambach looking at the auction merchandise. This year’s auction of leather goods and other merchandise was the best ever in terms of the amount of money raised.
PC070005.JPG: Some of the silent auction merchandise. This year’s auction of leather goods and other merchandise was the best ever in terms of the amount of money raised.
PC070007,8,9.JPG: Barber Vince McGhee gives Frank Mlakar a buzzcut.
PC070044.JPG: Ron Joki gets his boots blacked by David Page.
PC070020.TIF: Photographer Paul Nixdorf, right, was on hand to take pictures of leathermen with a hunky Santa (or with their head poking out of the giant Christmas stocking in the center of the picture). Keith Cheetham is shown posing with Santa.
PC070011,12,13.JPG: North Star Gay Rodeo Association (NSGRA) royalty at the Atons Holiday Fundraiser: Left, Steve Kussatz, Mr. NSGRA 2004; right, Lady Stevens, Miss NSGRA 2004.
PC070017,18.JPG: Left to right: Ed Skjaret, Matt Wambach and Frank Kruk.
PC070022.JPG: Brian Spence and David Anderson.
PC070024,28.JPG: Brian Spence and David Anderson inspect the new Minneapolis Eagle calendar.
PC070029.JPG: Left to right: Randy Hornstine and Sherman Ford.
PC070033.JPG: Left to right: Peter Kelly and Roger Payne.
PC070037,38.JPG: Members of the Minnesota Storm Patrol: left to right, Joe Siedschlag (Sergeant at Arms), Jack Roach (Vice President), Jim Randall (Road Captain).
PC070041,42.JPG: Doug Waalen and Louie Rios.
PC070048.JPG: Ken Hoffmann.
PC070052.JPG: Michael Ballard.
PC070053.JPG: Black Guard member Karl Keturi.
PC070055.JPG: Paul Nicholson.
PC070057.JPG: Left to right: Kevin Sitter, Robert Kerr and Atons President B.D. Chambers.
PC070058,59.JPG: Left to right: Andrew Bertke, Matt Grimes, Kellen Slagle, Kelley Herridge.