Pantheon of Leather Community Service Awards
Large Event of the Year -- CLAW 19 Biography

 

CLAW 19 was enjoyed by a record 2250 registered attendees, including 1001 volunteers, more than any other leather event in history.

Over 400 volunteers in leadership roles enabled CLAW 19 to feature more than 250 different events and exhibitors, including:

  • 125 different skills and education sessions, the world’s largest curriculum of kinky sex education for men, with multiple offerings each on BDSM, Power Exchange, Ass Play, Fetish Affinities, Sex, Health and Community – including a 6 session People of Color track
  • 50 different leather vendors
  • 20 hotel parties, including the magnificent Bound and Beautiful Live Muscle Gallery; a huge pup mosh, and the Transmen Are Hot cigar party;
  • 10 banquets, including the International Leather Family Dinner and CLAW’s first BLUF dinner;
  • 10 fetish speed dating sessions, where hundreds met 12 like-minded men in one hour;
  • 10 bar parties at 4 locations, including TESTOSTERONE, Kinky Kabaret and fetish parties for Bears, Superheroes, Rubber, Muscle, and Uniform lovers;
  • A Huge Private Party at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum;
  • 7 Play Parties at the extraordinary Academy Dungeon;
  • 3 FLEXXX ASYLUM Parties, featuring hot action with kinky porn stars
  • 3 Naked Pool Parties;
  • 3 Silent Auctions with 500+ different items
  • 4 full leather hotels: Westin, Hampton, Aloft and FLEX
  • In-room coffee service;
  • CLAW Body Spa;
  • Leather Jeopardy;
  • Two showings of the Tom of Finland movie;
  • SquarePegToys® Misfit Toys Sale (raising $8000);
  • 18 bootblacks (raising $2400);
  • 10 bootblack apprentices;
  • Rex “Bootlicker” T-shirts for all attendees;
  • Non-Profit Alley, showcasing a dozen community services organizations;
  • The 11th Annual Leather Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, honoring the Leather Archives & Museum, Samois, and Fakir Musafar;
  • Fetish Alliance, the first ever business to business reception for leather and kink professionals;
  • A private and well-equipped Cigar Deck with 24 hour action on the Westin’s 5th floor parking ramp -- the greatest space on earth for hundreds of CLAW attendees;
  • An acclaimed Code of Conduct to assure awareness around issues of consent;
  • Active event participation by the Mayor’s office, the Cleveland Police Department and the Visitors Bureau
  • Countless untold miracles of discovery and life changing connections.

Awards:

  • Awards were presented to the Titans of the Midwest for their educational initiatives, and the AIDS Clinical Trials Unit at Case Western Reserve University for their tireless work protecting the health of sexually active communities, including ours.

60 Sponsors:

  • Five Master Sponsors: SquarePegToys®, Mr-S-Leather, FLEX Spas, REV4Men and LeatherWerks;
  • Twenty Sustaining Sponsors: Nasty Kink Pigs, Blow Buddies, Twisted Headz Smokeshops, Jackhammer, Leather Stallion Saloon, Torso, Leather64Ten, Chicago Hellfire Club, Jim Support, Alphatribe magazine, Recon, Touche, Palm Springs Leather Pride, the Point Tent and Trailer, ICON Detroit, Mr. Michigan Leather, Bootblack Round-Up, Stompers Boots, Westin Cleveland and the Hampton Inn Cleveland;
  • Fourteen Event Sponsors, fifteen Fetish Alliance Sponsors, three Media Sponsors and ten advertising sponsors;

CLAW 19 profits (approximately $100,000, another record) will be distributed to important, underfunded community charities by the CLAW Board on Sept 6th.