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Studs and Suds cleans up for youth

September 8th, 2013 | by Will Dean | Comments

The Magnificent 7 Male Revue. Submitted photo

The Magnificent 7 Male Revue. Submitted photo

You’ve got a few days to get dirty – uh, I mean, to get your vehicle dirty. So, lend it to a “Just Married” couple or pray for a dust storm.

Your mission, if you choose to accept it, is to give The Magnificent 7 Male Revue performers plenty to do when it’s your turn at the Palm Springs charity car wash planned for 10 a.m.  to 3 p.m. Sept. 15. The hot male dancers are expected to strip down (as far as the law allows?) and lather up as many vehicles as possible that day, all in support of Boo 2 Bullying.

Founded by Dimitri Halkidis of Palm Springs, Boo 2 Bullying is an anti-bullying organization dedicated to raising awareness to the problems of hate and intolerance. It encourages youth to find their inner voice and speak their truth about bullying, whether they’re gay, straight, bisexual or transgender.  All proceeds from donations to the car wash will benefit the organization.

Bullying is a deeply personal topic for Magnificent 7 dancer Andy Long (far right in the photo). A self-described, former “small and scrawny” computer geek, he recalls being teased and picked on in junior high and high school. Inspired by his father, a U.S. Marine, Long began working out to change it and put on 50 pounds of muscle.

“For me, it wasn’t the worst-case scenario,” he readily admits, “but for a lot of kids out there it can be horrific. Not everyone is genetically modified to change aspects of their life to protect themselves … Thank God I was, but not everyone is. Stop bullying now.”

Long and his six muscular mates will use their physiques to spotlight the issue, which many of today’s youths face. In addition to washing the cars, they’ll pose for photos with donors.

The Studs & Suds event will take place at 490 S. Indian Canyon Drive at the corner of Ramon Road in Palm Springs. To learn more, go to boo2bullying.org/donate.html.

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