(Leather Life column published in Lavender Magazine, Issue #250, December 24, 2004)
PHOTO CREDIT: All photos The Atons 32nd annual Holiday Fundraiser, held at The Bolt Underground on Dec. 5, included both silent and live auctions, food provided by the Rooster Bar & Grill, on-site leather barber and bootblack, and photographer Paul Nixdorf taking photos of people sitting on Leather Santa’s knee.
The evening raised over $4,000 for beneficiaries The Aliveness Project and Open Arms of Minnesota. In addition, 591 pounds of food was collected for The Aliveness Project’s food shelf.
01.jpg: Greeting people at the door were Atons Associate Rex Gaskill, Atons Treasurer Paul Rozendaal, Atons President B.D. Chambers and Atons Associate Paul Nicholson.
02.jpg: The auction merchandise was hung in the dungeon with care.
03.jpg: A sling, a frame and a Vikings rug, all up for silent auction.
04.jpg, 05.jpg and 06.jpg: Atons Associate and barber Brian Preston gives Toby Trevis a trim.
07.jpg: Atons Associate David Page does a bootshine.
08.jpg: Leather Santa (and Mr. Mpls. Eagle 2004) Carl Byrd. This is what Santa does to bad boys.
09.jpg: Leather Santa (and Mr. Mpls. Eagle 2004) Carl Byrd. Sitting on Santa’s lap is Jim Randall, Road Captain for Minnesota Storm Patrol.
10.jpg: Andy Gallaher representing the Aliveness Project.
11.jpg: Kevin Winge, Executive Director of Open Arms of Minnesota.
12.jpg: Bill Hudack, manager of the Rooster Bar & Grill.
13.jpg: Atons President B.D. Chambers acting at the evening’s auctioneer.
14.jpg: Atons Associates Ron Joki and Jay Pearson.
15.jpg, 16.jpg and 17.jpg: Matt Wambach and Atons Associate Ed Skjaret.
18.jpg: David Coral and Vicki Knight, members of the Knights of Leather.
19.jpg: Mark Pavelka, Thom Trampf and Mark Cady.
20.jpg: Mark Sinclair, Lawrence Lawyer and Vern Mielke.
21.jpg: Michael Damon.
22.jpg: Heine Stanhope, Phil Persons and Tom Tighe.
23.jpg: Paul Amundson (owner of the Gay Black Hills Inn in South Dakota) and Dot Trevis.
24.jpg: Frank Bohlander and Mark Hall.
25.jpg: John Crandall and Thom Johnson.