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Haircuts and Bootblacks - and Mr. Eagle 2011 - at Love and Leather Fundraiser

Saturday Feb 12, 2011
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NEW YORK (NY) - Housing Works premiered the first annual Love and Leather shopping fundraiser at the Chelsea Thrift Shop on Feb. 10th. Hosted by former client, CB Kirby, who is also serving as Mr. Eagle 2011, the event featured leather, fetish gear, and an erotic art sale starting at 50% off retail pricing.

Guests also bid on silent auction items, enjoyed complimentary haircuts from Jake the Barber and shoe shining from Bootblacks Kyle and Tim Starkey. Raising $7,500 in just three hours, CB was moved to tears. "As an HIV-positive individual, now having the ability to give back to the agency that made a difference in my life is beyond words," he said.

After finding out his HIV-positive status almost fifteen years ago, CB found Housing Works. The organization provided support that made a difference in his life, helping him realize that there was love, compassion, and above all else, hope.

Considering himself lucky to be healthy and living a balanced and fufilling life, CB is using his title as Mr. Eagle NYC 2011 to bring his fundraising efforts and HIV/AIDS awareness to a new level. He supports several agencies dealing with HIV/AIDS.

Through one of them, he rides almost 300 miles from Boston to New York on a bicycle to raise both funds and awareness.

"As an HIV-positive individual, now having the ability to give back to the agency that made a difference in my life is beyond words," he said.

Mentoring is also an important part of who CB is, and you will often find him mentoring young people in the leather and gay communities. Many of his mentors showed their support by attending Love and Leather. He is also starting an after-school fitness program at the Harvey Milk High School for LGBT youth.

Housing Works’ goal is to empower people just like CB. Clients advocate for themselves, fighting for legislative changes that impact low-income people living with HIV. The rigorous, nine-month Job Training Program guarantees graduates a job at living wage with full benefits. And of course, these achievements are possible when clients have medical care and safe, affordable housing - both offered by Housing Works.

CB and Housing Works extended a special thank you to those who made this event possible. Sponsors included: Brooklyn Brewery, The Eagle, The Leatherman, Lulu Cake Boutique, Fort Troff, and Eddie Garou, photography.

A specially curated online auction on shophousingworks.com featuring additional Love and Leather product runs through February 13th.

Based on current bids Housing Works is proud to announce that total event should raise over $10k for the organization making this a very happy Valentine’s Day.

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