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An iconic experience - a dark bar, cold beer, a pool table,and people in leather - this is just another night at theEAGLE LA. A place where all are welcome to come and celebratetheir sexuality, and to meet others doing the same; theEAGLE LA creates an atmosphere where anyone can cele-brate life. A good night out with friends can be so much more,when you patronize places that support and give back toour community. "The EAGLE LA is a central location for the Los AngelesLeather community; also it is a home for the young, andyoung at heart, to feel accepted. They attract a cross sec-tion of the community," said Durk Dehner, co-founder andpresident of Tom of Finland Foundation. Reopening in 2006, the EAGLE LA had been a serioussupporter of many causes, including Los Angeles LeatherCoalition (LALC), APLA, Being Alive, Aid for AIDS, TrevorProject, Children's Hospital LA, Tom of FinlandFoundation, Tweakers Project, Camp Laurel and the LazyBear Fund."Knowing the depth of need in [our] community it is anhonor 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 thecommunity in which they all reside, they have receivednumerous and varied awards. Some highlights are TheRainbow Key Award from the City of West Hollywood,Southland Honors Business of the Year 2007, and Pantheonof Leather Business of the Year 2007. "The location has always been a popular bar, but it wasthe current ownership that has taken it to the next level,making it a community gathering place that is always will-ing to help," Dehner said. The EAGLE LA has successfully created a location formultiple generations, sub-cultures and organizations tomix and mingle, connecting and creating bonds. It is across generational meeting place; a place for old Leatherhands 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 organiza-tions," said Charlie Matula, Eagle LA owner. For their continued support of the community, andalways being open to everyone, Christopher Street Westproudly awards the 2011 Sheldon Andelson Award to theEAGLE LA.SHELDON ANDELSON AWARDEagle LAThe Sheldon Andelson Award recognizes and an individual or business that exempli-fies non-discriminatory support (financial and otherwise) to the LGBT community.This award is named for Sheldon Andelson, Bank of Los Angeles founder and one ofthe founders of the Gay and Lesbian Community Service Center.