by Anthony Glassman
The Cleveland Leather Annual Weekend board announced on June 21 that April’s 11th annual CLAW festivities raised over $55,000 to be donated to 17 nonprofit organizations.
According to treasurer Donn Wolfe, half of that money will go to the eight northeast Ohio organizations on the list, the other half will go to groups further afield, ranging from local to international organizations. The donation to the CLAW Endowment, which ensures that charitable giving would continue should CLAW cease to be held, is not counted in that total.
Wolfe noted that “$55,000 is $20,000 more than we gave last year, and it’s the most we’ve ever given.” It is the first year that the Tom of Finland Foundation has received a CLAW donation. In total, CLAW and its related CLAW Nation events have donated $391,697 as of June 22.
Next year’s CLAW 12 will again be hosted by the Hilton Garden Inn from April 25 to 28.