Wow! What an amazing weekend! On behalf of the entire Weekend Planning Committee congratulations to 2017 Minnesota Leather Sir Dylan Dwiyn, Minnesota Leather boy Pugsley Michael Urness and Ms. Minnesota Leather Pride Mikayla Victoria Stanek!
A giant thank you to all of our contestants for participating and contributing to the amazing success of the weekend! Genevieve Allen, Rylee Ray Prettyman and Dick Salami, we are so thrilled you participated and we are all eagerly anticipating the next steps of your journey!
We had a tremendous production staff that kept the night running smoothly. Huge thanks to our Tally Masters Randy Ingram-Lile and L Russell Waisanen who managed a whirlwind of score sheets and tabulated all the scores. In addition, we extend our gratitude to Stage Manager Robert Smith (Bobbie), Den Parents Vicki King and David Coral along with Den Girl Rhaki, and Judges Boy Justin Anderson (boy Sassy).
Our 2017 Judges Panel included Sir Ivan E Nunez, Justin Woodington, Alexandra Gray, boy Jake, Tony Mayes, Bootblack Marta and Syn Oldroyd Palmer. We are so thankful that you served with honor and distinction!
Thank you to our outgoing titleholders 2016 Minnesota Leather Sir Roman Keller, 2016 Minnesota Leather boy Kole Durant and 2016 Ms. Minnesota Leather Pride Angie Dwiyn! You served with dedication and service to your community and we have been honored to have you represent Minnesota Leather Pride for the last year!
And to our many volunteers who worked their tails off all weekend long to produce a wonderful weekend, thank you for all that you did! Volunteer Coordinator Justin Woodington put together a crew that knocked our socks off!
We are so fortunate to have the generous support of our sponsors, including Lush, the Saloon, Eagle-Bolt Bar, Everett Allen Photography, Twin Cities Leather & Latte and Lavender magazine.
Thank you to the board of directors of Minnesota Leather Pride, and its President Charles Chaz, for their support and assistance throughout the last year.
And, lastly, to the 2017 weekend planning committee Andrew Bertke, Holly Kraft, Rileigh Hündchen, Cameron Powell and Gunnar Hayes, thank you for working tirelessly and for meeting every other Sunday morning for months on end, overcoming all kinds of challenges! I am honored and privileged to know and work with each of you!
Yours in Leather,
Chair, 2017 MNLP Weekend Planning Committee