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Bucks MC’s 42nd Annual Santa Saturday raises funds for NJ and PA charities

By January 29, 2016

Messrs Fire Island Leather 2001 Bruce-Michael Gelbert and 2005 Joe Saporito with Santa Ron Smith. Photo by Jon Jones

By Bruce-Michael Gelbert

The Pennsylvania-based Bucks Motorcycle Club’s 42nd annual Santa Saturday took place at the Paradise Nightclub at the Empress Hotel, a stone’s throw from the Atlantic Ocean and the beach, in Asbury Park, New Jersey, on November 28. Attended by hundreds of members of the Leather community — gay, lesbian, hetero, and trans, and including many, many bears—the ever-popular event raised thousands of dollars for Bucks County, PA and Monmouth County, NJ charities.

Mr. and Ms New Jersey Leather 2016 Tigger and Christy Lee

According to Bucks Vice President and first Mr. NJ Leather 2001 John Ramos, the Bucks have raised approximately $600,000 for PA and NJ charities, including FACT (Fighting AIDS Continuously Together) Bucks County, the Center in Asbury Park, Inc., and Monmouth County VNA (Visiting Nurse Association) Health Group Project REAL (Real Empowerment on All Levels), over the years at Santa Saturday. According to Bucks Treasurer Teyd Jamison, the total raised at Santa Saturday 2014 was close to $20,000 and he estimated that this year’s total was about the same.

The centerpieces of Santa Saturday are an auction of Leather clothing and accoutrements, artwork, and Leather event packages, and entertainment offered by local and visiting performers.

John conducted the auction, substituting for “million dollar auctioneer” Jo Arnone, who was kept away by a family emergency. The highlight, as always, was the lively bidding on items of clothing worn by the current Mr. New Jersey Leather, in this case handsome Mr. NJ Leather 2016 Tigger, from motorcycle jacket down to cock ring, as well as the privilege of taking them off him. Top dollar items were Tigger’s jockstrap, donated by CLAW (Cleveland Leather Annual Weekend) and bringing in $200, and cock ring, going for $400, both bought by Mr. Woods Campground Leather 2016 Chuck Widdoes. Entertainer Maxine Chambers also auctioned off the jockstrap that John wore under his kilt.

Thom Simmons and Danny Tyrell

Miss Paradise 2000 Lady Marisa coordinated the entertainment. Drag entertainers contributing their services were reigning Miss Paradise Victoria Famouz Timebomb and Flashlight; Dusty Relix Santa Saturday debut — Up on the House Top and It Must Have Been the Mistletoe; Nancy Mandel Valerie; Candy Cane Santa, Can You Hear Me?, White Christmas, and It’s Not Right, But It’s Okay; Sasha Mess Santa Saturday debut — Hawaiian carol Mele Kalikimaka; and Maxine, dedicating a slow, country All I Want for Christmas Is You to Santa Saturday official photographer Mike Prestia.

The afternoon’s singers were Teyd Zing Went the Strings of My Heart and Trolley Song, a Judy Garland pairing, and Just in Time; Ms NJ Leather 2016 Christy Lee Santa Baby; Darren DiFilippo Hopelessly Devoted to You and, from Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Hard Candy Christmas; Demonde This Christmas and Lay Me Down; and this writer The Rose and Unchained Melody. John treated us to an impromptu a cappella, On a Wonderful Day like Today, from The Roar of the Greasepaint — the Smell of the Crowd, between auction items.

Also featured were a Leather boutique; drinks and hot dogs poolside; a 50-50 raffle, in which the winner won $575; and the opportunity to have a photo taken with Leather Bear Santa Ron Smith.