Thousands of men, all worked up and ready to go, descended on this year’s Ascension Party in Asbury Park on the beach in New Jersey.
“We are thrilled to bring Ascension back to the States,” party founder Eric von Kuersteiner told HuffPost. The party previously took place in Greece and occasionally Fire Island.
But wait, there’s more than a party going on here. Money raised here goes to charitable causes. The Facebook mission statement says, “The Fund in the Sun Foundation was established in 2006 as a not-for-profit public charity dedicated to Fire Island Pines. The foundation’s mission is twofold: First, to provide funding for projects and initiatives designed to protect, enhance, and maintain the environment, culturallife, health and infrastructure of the Fire Island Pines community.
"Since its inception, the Fund in the Sun Foundation has offered financial assistance and underwriting to The New York City Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center, Friends in Deed, Camp Heartland, The National Gay & Lesbian Task Force, Live out Loud, The Nature Conservancy of Long Island, Dancers Responding to AIDS, Dress for Success, The Trevor Project, The Hetrick-Martin Institute, Friends of the Fire Island National Seashore, Standing Tall, and Answer."
Thanks to Eric for letting us post these photos by Giovanni Sienna for Ascension.