bill hoeppner, Miami
Leather boy 2008
Leather boy 2008
Leather 2007, 2nd Runner Up
Mr. Ramrod 2006
introduced to the Leather Community in 1993 in New York City. At that time the
community was still galvanized by the AIDS Epidemic. The philanthropic
nature of the leather community was what immediately drew him in and is one
of the many things that still inspires him today.
became an associate member of The Philadelphians MC and at that time began
his work as a volunteer for non-profit organizations, supporting the
community through fund raising. During his volunteer career, bill was the
Co-Founder of Positively Sober, a Ft. Lauderdale support group for sober
people living with HIV/AIDS and in 2007 helped to create Clean Sober Leather
(CSL), an online support group for sober leather men and woman struggling
with staying sober today in the leather community. He is proud to have
worked with the Hospice of the Florida Keys, Project Link of Ft. Lauderdale,
Kids in Distress, Toys for Tots, National Gay and Lesbian Task force, is a
supporting member of The Leather Archives, Chicago, Illinois and currently
serves as President of the Board for Bound South, Inc., Ft. Lauderdale,
Florida. This is his second year as producer or The Mr. Ramrod Contest at
The Ramrod Bar in Ft. Lauderdale and is also engaged with Beyond Leather to
further the Leather Community in South Florida.
Bound South, Inc.
annually produces The Leather Masked
Ball, Thanksgiving Friday, to raise funds for organizations like The Leather
Archives and Museum, Chicago, Illinois; The Stonewall Library and Archives,
Ft. Lauderdale; Tuesdays Angels, Ft. Lauderdale and Care Resources, Miami,
Florida. Funds collected are earmarked for AIDS Research and Education; and
the research, collection and preservation of leather history and the history
of the gay community.
recently nominated for two Pantheon of Leather Awards, Man of the Year 2008
and Florida Regional Award 2008. In Addition, Bound South, Inc, was also
nominated for two Pantheon of Leather Awards, Small Non-Profit Organization
of the Year 2008 and Large Event of the Year 2008.
journey from Mr. Ramrod 2006 to International Leather boy 2008, was one of
personal challenge and growth. Having been sober 22 years, bill brings his
experience strength and hope to help educate and raise awareness regarding
the ongoing struggle with substance abuse and its impact on the leather
community. This journey has given bill people who he will always call
friends and others who have become family.