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Fifth Annual Philadelphia Leather Pride Night Raises $10,000

By November 16, 2013

auctioneerJoArnoneIMSL_SahraSchaubach By Bruce-Michael GelbertFifth Annual Philadelphia Leather Pride Night Raises $10,000, Attracts Leatherfolk from Alaska and South Africa.

The Fifth Annual Philadelphia Leather Pride Night (PLPN), brainchild of Pantheon of Leather Woman of the Year 2013 and Mid-Atlantic Leatherwoman 2009 Cowboi Jen, assisted by tireless team of producers Tina, Passion, boy chris, and Aquiel, took place on November 9 at Voyeur nightclub, in the Gayborhood.  The benefit raised more than $10,000 for worthy organizations Leather Leadership Conference (LLC); the Leather Archives and Museum (LA&M), “protecting our heritage and unlocking our history,” represented by Executive Director Rick Storer; the nearby William Way LGBT Community Center; By the Grace of George, Jo Arnone’s charity assisting the disabled in caring for their pets; and, receiving funds raised by the silent auction, the Visiting Nurse Association Health Group’s Prevention Resource Network’s LGBTQ Youth Drop In Center, in Asbury Park, New Jersey.



PLPNproducersCowboiJen By Bruce-Michael GelbertThe theme of PLPN 2013, which Cowboi Jen called “by far our best attended event,” was “Family.” It attracted some 300 Leathermen and women from as far away as Capetown, South Africa—Sir James AKA Leather Bat, a handsome, articulate transman, who ran for Mr. South Africa Leather 2012 and came away with the Mr. Congeniality title, and was guest speaker at the pre-PLPN volunteers dinner at iCandy nightclub—and Alaska—colorful International Ms Leather 2013 Sahra Schaubach. There were in attendance as well current titleholders from closer by, including Mr. and Ms New Jersey Leather 2014 Keith and Nikki and Mr. Maryland Leather 2014 David Pfau.

A parade of colors of clubs present and introduction of current titleholders were part of the evening Bucks Motorcycle Club’s John Rivera-Ramos, Mr. NJ Leather 2001—the first—served as Master of Ceremonies for the proceedings.

The centerpiece of the evening was a live auction of donated artwork; Leather and fetish clothing, equipment, and accessories; jewelry; event tickets and hotel stays; books and videos; and gift baskets and the barker extraordinaire was ‘million dollar auctioneer’ Arnone, who presented her Jo Arnone Community Service Award to Jo Ann, from the Pennsmen Motorcycle Club. International Mr. Bootblack 2010 Tim Starkey, who passed away that day, was remembered here.

PLPN Parade Of Club Colors By Bruce-Michael Gelbert.Entertainment was provided by this baritone, Mr. Fire Island Leather 2001—the first—kicking off the evening singing “Over the Rainbow;” zaftig Lady Desire, who seduced us with “Teach Me Tonight” and coordinated performances by the Liberty City Kings burlesque troupe; Rasta Boy Punany; Dino Fontaine; Rough Rider; Ophelia Quigley, singing “I Want Some Sugar in My Bowl;” and standup comic Rodney Burger, from ShipMates, Baltimore. Debbie and Meredith signed the evening for the hearing impaired. The official after party took place at the Bike Stop bar and was hosted by the Keystone Boys of Leather.