Sheldon Andelson Award
The Sheldon Andelson Award recognizes an individual or business that exemplifies non-discriminatory support (financial and otherwise) to the LGBT community. This award is named for Sheldon Andelson, Bank of Los Angeles founder and one of the founders of the Gay and Lesbian Community Service Center.
An iconic experience – a dark bar, cold beer, a pool table, and people in leather – this is just another night at the EAGLE LA.
A place where all are welcome to come and celebrate their sexuality, and to meet others doing the same; the EAGLE LA creates an atmosphere where anyone can celebrate life.
A good night out with friends can be so much more, when you patronize places that support and give back to our community.
“The EAGLE LA is a central location for the Los Angeles Leather community; also it is a home for the young, and young at heart, to feel accepted. They attract a cross section of the community,” said Durk Dehner, co-founder and president of Tom of Finland Foundation.
Reopening in 2006, the EAGLE LA had been a serious supporter of many causes, including Los Angeles Leather Coalition (LALC), APLA, Being Alive, Aid for AIDS, Trevor Project, Children’s Hospital LA, Tom of Finland Foundation, Tweakers Project, Camp Laurel and the Lazy Bear Fund.
“Knowing the depth of need in [our] community it is an honor to be able to serve the community in which I live,” said Hunter Fox, general manager of the EAGLE LA.
For all the EAGLE LA, their staff and owners do for the community in which they all reside, they have received numerous and varied awards. Some highlights are The Rainbow Key Award from the City of West Hollywood, Southland Honors Business of the Year 2007, and Pantheon of Leather Business of the Year 2007.
“The location has always been a popular bar, but it was the current ownership that has taken it to the next level, making it a community gathering place that is always willing to help,” Dehner said.
The EAGLE LA has successfully created a location for multiple generations, sub-cultures and organizations to mix and mingle, connecting and creating bonds. It is a cross generational meeting place; a place for old Leather hands to mix with those just exploring what it is all about; and always looking at how to help the community.
“We enjoy hosting fundraisers for groups and organizations,” said Charlie Matula, Eagle LA owner.
For their continued support of the community, and always being open to everyone, Christopher Street West proudly awards the 2011 Sheldon Andelson Award to the EAGLE LA.
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