Thousands of dollars were raised in creative ways Monday evening for a local HIV/AIDS charity.
The beneficiary, Tuesday’s Angels, scored again with its annual “Bartenders, Boxers and Briefs” night hosted by Georgie’s Alibi Monkey Bar Wilton Manors. As of press time, official estimates placed the haul between $8 to $11,000. The money was collected through silent bidding of gift baskets, a raffle ticket drawing and live action underwear auction.
Don Clark, Alibi Monkey Bar Manager, said Tuesday’s Angels is a worthy charity.
“Tuesday’s Angels is an outstanding example of the difference that people can make in helping others,” said Clark.
Since 1993, the Fort Lauderdale based non-profit has provided emergency assistance to men, women and children living with HIV/AIDS. No member of the organization is paid, Clark said.
At Monday night’s underwear auction, local bars sent models onstage to showcase the newest fashion lines. Hunter’s Nightclub, Progress Bar, Le Boy Tonight, Southern Nights, Monkey Business, Boardwalk, Rumors Bar & Grill, Scandal’s Saloon, Rosie’s and Mona’s were all represented at the underwear auction.
“I just read the book of Eli and it’s a short story,” quipped emcee Nikki Adams after getting a glimpse at the plumbing of one of the Progress Bar models.
Adams, a longtime South Florida entertainer, introduced each underwear model and asked the crowd to bid on the garment. The winning bidder was awarded the underwear on stage with the model undressing behind a towel and Adams often checking to see the transaction took place.
Antonio Edwards, aka Mr. Alibi, and Miss Kitty also worked in a sort of master of ceremonies role, but Adams had to take control after Kitty fainted twice. Adams said Kitty’s condition was not serious – just a lack of sugar.
Trunks modeled by Alfredo and David from Rosie’s drew the top bid of $1,250. Rosie’s later matched the bid donating $1,250 as well. John William “Pompano Bill” Calcaterra, a legendary photographer, took home the pair.
All in all, it was another big hit for Tuesday’s Angels and the Alibi.
“We’re very pleased,” said Chuck Nicholls, Tuesday’s Angels Vice President. “To see all of these bars come together is reassuring that we belong to a phenomenal community.”
Nicholls praised the Alibi staff for their co-operation. The nightclub was packed throughout the evening as people squeezed into tight spaces for a chance to witness the auction.
“It’s always a bit chaotic,” Nicholls said.
On a sad note, the event was a reminder of the passing of local bartender Russell Matheney. A picture of Matheney, who worked at Scandal’s Saloon, was placed on stage where friends and winning bidders signed their condolences. Matheney was 41.