On Sunday, September 19 Scandals Saloon will host a Leather Auction and Barbecue to benefit the Leather Masked Ball organization. Attendees can donate new or previously worn leather gear. The viewing period begins at noon, and the auction will begin at 2 p.m.


“This is an event that builds momentum for the November masked ball, it also gives people a chance to donate and auction off their leather items. I've bought items there that I might not have bought before,” says Ed Nicholas, treasurer of the organization who has been with them for four years now. “Also, it's a fun way to add to your collection.”

Plus, if you have excess leather gear you’d like to donate your items will be tax deductible. The Courtyard Café will also be making a donation – by providing the food for the barbecue.

The Leather Masked Ball has raised about $70,000 over the past five years. In the past local recipients have been Tuesday’s Angels, the Stonewall Library and Archives, Care Resource and Equality Florida.   Every year they also donate to the Leather Archive and Museum in Chicago, an organization much like the Stonewall Library, except the emphasis is on the leather community.

“This year we expect to give away a total of $20k again,” said Nicholas.  “We are raising money for an innovative new program to keep young gay men off of crystal methamphetamine put together by the Pride Center.”

For more information please visit Leathermaskedball.org