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OVER A QUARTER CENTURY OF DEDICATION TO PROTECTING, PRESERVING AND PROMOTING EROTIC ART.

DISPATCH SPRING 2002

COMMANDERS ENJOY SCINTILLATING SERVICE AT FIRST ANNUAL DINNER

erotic art newsThose Foundation members who contributed $250 or more – the “Commander” level of membership – got more than a tax-deduction this year.  They also received an invitation to the first Commanders’ Dinner.  This event, which will become an annual tradition, was held at Foundation headquarters on February 16, and turned into quite a special event.

Commander Tom McClay (L) and Volunteer Stud Chris Spangler

  After being greeted at the front door, guests were turned over to one of six “teams” from our Stable of Studs for the evening – Foundation volunteers and pornstars including Bud, Clint Cooper, Chris Green, and York Powers – who fetched drinks and hors d’oeuvres, gave tours of the house, and engaged in spirited conversation.  When dinner was announced – Tom of Finland’s favorite meal of marinated lemon chicken, rice pilaf, and steamed vegetables – the teams rotated, so guests enjoyed their meals with a different set of Studs.  The last “shift change” occurred in time for a new set of our Men to lead each guest to the dessert buffet, which featured peach pie, lemon bars, chocolate chocolate chip cake, and ice creams.erotic art news

  In addition to fine food and scintillating company, the Foundation had a few surprises:  celebrity and male nude photographer Greg Gorman, and famed film maker John Waters – on his first visit to the Tom of Finland house – mixed, mingled, and graciously posed for photos (as you can see).  And what did the director of Hairspray like most about the house?  The 1930’s-vintage hair dryer in the second floor bathroom.  “I love it!” he proclaimed.

(seated L to R) John Waters, Durk Dehner and Greg Gorman with a stablefull of Tom’s Men

 

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SUMMER COCKTAIL PARTY

erotic art newsArtist and Commander The Sultan (seated) enjoys the company of Brady Chapin

The next Commanders’ Dinner won’t be till next year, but another great social event is on the horizon:  the Second Annual Tom’s Cocktail Party, honoring those who have contributed $100 or more – the Seaman and Commander levels of membership. This year’s Party will kick off Los Angeles Gay Pride Weekend, and will be held at Foundation Headquarters on Friday evening, June 21, which also happens to be the first day of summer!  If it’s a Tom of Finland event, you know it’ll be a lot of fun – so why not upgrade your membership and get on the guest list?  (You never know who might show up...!)erotic art news

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Mr. S owner Richard Hunter (L) chats with volunteer Doug O'Connor


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"Whenever I was depressed or disgusted, I would feel him, that spirit inside, urging me back to living, back to drawing, I believe there is a lot to the world that can’t be seen or touched, and if you turn away from that — especially if you are an artist — you are avoiding an important part of life, maybe the very heart of it.” — Tom of Finland