The Bucks Motorcycle Club’s 38th Santa Saturday®--the registered trademarked name of the annual leather and bear, charity event, belonging exclusively to Bucks MC—took place on November 26, the unseasonably warm Saturday of Thanksgiving Weekend, at the Paradise at the Empress Hotel, near the ocean, in Asbury Park, New Jersey, for the fourth consecutive year, and raised more than $20,000 for its four beneficiaries, according to an early estimate by Bucks President José Reyes. Benefiting from Santa Saturday® 2011 were the Center in Asbury Park, an AIDS services organization; Check-Mate of Monmouth County, which provides HIV/AIDS testing and counseling; the Visiting Nurse Association of Central New Jersey Community Health Center’s Ryan White program, which assists people with HIV/AIDS; and the Bucks County Area Agency on Aging. Santa Saturday® originated in New Hope, Pennsylvania.
Providing entertainment, and donating their time and talent, were Bucks MC Treasurer Teyd Jamison, who put us in the mood for the season by singing “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year” and gave regards to Broadway with “On a Clear Day You Can See Forever;” and “Santa Sissies” Gary Christ, who gave us Liza Minnelli and more, and has appeared at every Santa Saturday® since the first one; Maxine Chambers, Empress of Delaware, who came from Maryland for the event; Keith Opperman, who contributed a dowdy Susan Boyle impression and raunchy parodies “And I am telling you it’s not going in me” and “I kissed a squirrel, I liked it;” young Sasha James; the Paradise’s own Lady Marisa; and lithe dancer and 2006 Leatherboy titleholder Marshall, who did Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance” and “Poker Face,” complete with somersaults and splits. The Santa Sissies also presented an award to official Santa Saturday® photographer Mike Prestia.
The centerpiece of the day, though, was a lively auction, conducted by barker extraordinaire Jo Arnone and coordinated by Jo Ann Wadsworth, of numerous donated items, many of them contributed by former Bucks President John Rivera-Ramos and Road Captain Nikk Kriss, including leather clothing, uniforms, event t-shirts, and artwork; bottles of alcohol, donated by the Paradise; handmade afghans; event tickets; and on-line organization memberships. The climax of the auction was, as always, the enthusiastic bidding on items of clothing being worn by the current Mr. New Jersey Leather—sexy Danny Tamez, Mr. NJ Leather 2012—and on the privilege of stripping them off him. Audience members donated $85 to see auctioneer Jo paddle Danny, in his black leather pants, 17 times and an additional $30 to make the last of these blows the hardest that Jo could give him. This writer paid $100 to get the pants off Danny. The assembled stuffed a total of $92 into Danny’s jockstrap, which, relieved of the cash, garnered a top bid of $60, with the winner removing his prize behind a towel, keeping the moment legal in NJ. Danny’s cock ring, removed backstage by its winner, netted the beneficiaries $250. Jo raised an additional $75 with her offer of drinking a shot from Danny’s body.
After the auction, our barker presented the Philadelphia Leather Pride Night (PLPN) Jo Arnone Award for Community Service to the Bucks for having raised $300,000 for charity during the past 37 years.
Attendees could also have their photos taken, by Jon Jones and Mel Flythe, with Leather Bear Santa Ron Smith and his elf Chris Boggs. Finally, we took a moment to remember beloved activist Mr. NJ Leather 2008 Mark “Spanky” Bialous, of the Jersey Boys of Leather, taken from us on April 5 and sorely missed.
Be sure to join the Bucks for the 39th annual Santa Saturday®, during Thanksgiving Weekend 2012.