CLAW donates a record $55,000 to 17 groups

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.


CLAW donates a record $55,000 to 17 groups





Scott O’Hara – ToFF Lifetime Member

Scott O’Hara (microphone) is presented with the Foundation’s first Lifetime Membership at TOM’s Bar 5, 1996.

Latest, biggest memorial celebration of
Tom of Finland’s birthday, TOM’s Bar, took place at Hollywood Moguls and was attended by upwards of a thousand hot, humpy Homos and Heteros.
 –ToFF Dispatch, Spring 1996


Scott O’Hara (October 16, 1961 – February 18, 1998) was an American pornographic performer, author, poet, editor and publisher. Rising to prominence during the mid 1980s for his work in such gay adult films as Winner Takes AllRamchargerThe Other Side Of Aspen 2Below The Belt and In Your Wildest Dreams, O’Hara went on to write three books, Do It Yourself Piston Polishing (for Non-Mechanics), Autopornography: A Memoir of Life in the Lust Lane, and Rarely Pure and Never Simple: Selected Essays of Scott O’Hara, as well as editing and publishing the quarterly men’s journal, Steam.



LIFETIME MEMBERS, with a $2,500 one-time donation, receive:

– A personalized clear resin obelisk, specially commissioned by the Foundation, inscribed with their name.
– Their name engraved on a marble pedestal in TOM House that honors major contributors to ToFF.
– A copy of Taschen’s TOM OF FINLAND XXL.
– A ToFF patched designed by TOM and a TOM T-shirt.


TOM OF FINLAND, (Finnish, 1920 – 1991) Untitled, 1975, Pen and ink on paper, 9.50” x 9.50”, Gift from Scott O’Hara, ToFF Permanent Collection #75.94, © 1975 Tom of Finland Foundation



Scott O’Hara donated over 500 works to the ToFF’s permanent collection including this Tom of Finland and was the Foundation’s first Lifetime Member.

Please consider the benefits of LIFETIME MEMBERSHIP.

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