The current International Mr. Leather, John Pendal (a hell of a woofy man from England) is headlining a fundraiser for two really worthy charities - the Leather Archives & Museum (Located in Chicago, Serving the World), and the Spanner Campaign.
The Archives is going through the process of purchasing its location, so that it is fully owned by the leather community. The balloon payment on its morgage is due in 2004, and the amount due is a shitload of money.
The Spanner Campaign is trying to revise the anti-SM laws that exist in the United Kingdom. It is named after the Spanner case, where a group of men practicing consensual SM in the privacy of one their homes were arrested, and served jailtime for their actions.
Now, the really cool thing about this fundraiser is the killer motorcycle. As a part of the prize package for winning IML, John Pendal is now the owner of a 100th Anniversary Edition Harley-Davidson. But, you see, he has no where to keep it in England, so it is right now just sitting in Chicago, waiting for a good home. For a $20 donation (10 bucks go to each of the above), you get a ballot for the motorcycle. $20 for a brand new Harley? Count me in. ;-)
Go to www.leatherpage.com and click on John Pendal, 2003 IML for details and the link to contribute. Its pretty darn cool.