525 leather-folk were on hand for the 20th Annual Mates Leather Weekend in Provincetown, MA September 29 – October 3 and by all accounts had a great time. The event raised $4,280.00 for the AIDS Support Group of Cape Cod. In addition, 21 men took part in Unit 10′s Free Health Screening during MLW. Unit 10 is part of the ASGCC’s Men’s Health Project dedicated to education and prevention. These men deserve our respect and admiration for taking such a proactive approach in maintaining their good health and the health of their partners.
The 2016 First Mate contest was held on Saturday, October 1 with Jonathan Kharfen, Mr. SNOWBOUND 2015 and First Mate 2015 as emcee. After careful consideration by judges John LeClair, Jim Baer and Jerry Hickman, all Founding Members of Provincetown MATES, Russ Sweeney of Boston, MA was chosen as First Mate 2016. First Runner-up is Steve Lefebvre of Montreal, Quebec and 2nd Runner-up is Jim Maciel of Boston, MA. Look for Russell when he hosts the 2017 First Mate Contest September 30.
The recipients of this year’s Mates Leather Weekend Brotherhood Awards are Chris Amabile, Jay Falcon, Patrick Lamerson, David Oravez, Danny Pantaleo and Darren Showers. The Brotherhood Award is given to those who have given their continuous support and extraordinary efforts towards the success of MLW. PHOTO BY Nelson Martinez