Leather Men's Brotherhood Presents Checks Totaling $20,000
By Ed Nicholas
At their January Volunteer Appreciation Party at Fort Lauderdale’s Mojo Restaurant, Leather Men’s Brotherhood presented checks for $20,000 to the two organizations that had been promised grants from Leather Masked Ball proceeds.
$10,000 was given to Broward House. These funds were approved as seed money for Broward House to kick off a Gay Teen Suicide Prevention effort. Broward House grant writer Alan Tiano reported that LMB’s grant had enabled the organization to obtain an additional $30,000 and that the program is now almost completely funded.
$10,000 was presented to the Leather Archives and Museum in Chicago as a sustaining gift. This is the sixth year LMB has contributed to the Leather Archives. Rick Storer, the executive director of Leather Archives and Museum notes that this amounts to five percent of the Leather Archives and Museum's annual operating budget.
Lambda Men’s Brotherhood, Inc. and Leather Men’s Brotherhood is an all-volunteer non-profit organization that produces the Leather Masked Ball as a Leather community outreach to create community partnerships through education and philanthropy, with emphasis on donating to important GLBT community needs and supporting the leather community.
LMB President Ken Fiegel noted as he thanked volunteers assembled that in its six year history The Leather Masked Ball has raised over $110,000 for community non-profits.
Ron Blakeley received the Volunteer of the Year award for outstanding service at numerous evens throughout the year.
The Leather Men’s Brotherhood intends to expand its sponsorships of and outreach to small local Leather events and contests around the southeast and in other targeted areas. These events are the backbone of the Leather community and LMB recognizes that most of these events, especially the small ones operated by volunteer organizations, face real challenges in securing corporate sponsorship. LMB believes that this outreach will help continue to build The Leather Masked Ball into a destination event in future years.