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Strip club saves Little League’s season with last-minute financial donation

Mar 12, 2012, 3:48 PM EDT

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What, you mean that your Little League isn’t sponsored by a strip club? It happened in the Lennox area of Los Angeles, located between LA International and Hollywood Park, where Lennox Little League was in danger of canceling the baseball season for more than 300 kids due to lack of funding. But coming to the rescue at the last minute and saving the season, which begins in March, was your friendly neighborhood strip club — the Jet Strip Cabaret (dancing today: Danni, Gia, Hennessy, Marcie and Teddi. Bartender is Trisha).

“It feels good to be from Lennox when people do stuff like that,” said Lennox LL president Roberto Aguirre, who has held the volunteer post for four years. “At the same time, the future is very scary for us, because (the donation) is a one-time deal.”

Indeed, while Jet Strip donation is much welcomed, it’s only a temporary fix. Not only is Lennox one of the most depressed areas of the city, but new restrictions by the local school district are making it harder for the league to remain solvent. The school district, which owns and maintains the baseball fields, is not increasing its use fees due to budget shortfalls. And the district is also restricting the league on what it can sell in its concession area.

Midway through last season, the school district, citing concerns about public health, quashed what has long been the league’s financial bread and butter: selling grilled foods such as hamburgers and hot dogs at the games. Now the league is restricted to selling packaged goods.

“People don’t want candy, candy, candy – chips, chips, chips,” Aguirre said. “They want hamburgers, hot dogs and french fries.”

The school district, whose top administrators could not be reached for comment last week, has attempted to strike a compromise, installing a drain for a legitimate snack shack to be built amid the cluster of fields near Lennox Middle School. And a local nonprofit organization called YouthBuild has stepped up to the plate by offering to build the snack shack free of charge.

But materials are going to cost around $65,000, according to Aguirre. So this league is far from saved.

One team, however, will have an enormously cool uniform sponsor name.

No, sorry, that’s not happening — Jet Strip Cabaret will be more or less a silent sponsor.

“We don’t really like to brag about it,” said Jet Strip General Manager James Wallace, who for 15 years has served on the all-volunteer Lennox Coordinating Council, which acts as a kind of unofficial proxy for a city council in the unincorporated town.

In 1999, Bare Elegance raised up to $10,000 in a charity golf tournament, but couldn’t find a home for the donation; nonprofit groups such as the Special Olympics and the Make-A-Wish Foundation refused the money. In 1993, the American Red Cross begged off a $5,000 offer from the Jet Strip.

Over the years, the Jet Strip has donated frequently to the Lennox Coordinating Council, which has redistributed the money to its pet causes, such as scholarships, the annual Lennox Family Festival and self-defense classes.

“They’ve always stayed in the background,” said Maria Verduzco Smith, a retired Xerox employee who has served on the coordinating council for 34 years.

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Surprise donation from strip club helps give Lennox Little League another year [Daily Breeze]
Strip Club Donation To Lennox Little League: $1,200 To Let The Game Go On [Huffington Post]

  1. trbowman - Mar 12, 2012 at 7:26 PM

    Can’t make stuff like this up.

    • skids003 - Mar 13, 2012 at 12:48 PM

      The problem here, left out in the story, is the stupid regualtions by California, that’s what really killing this league. Governemnt run amuck again.

  2. lapsncaps - Mar 12, 2012 at 11:16 PM

    When i was 6 years old in little league…My team was sponsored by Club Pussycat, which 20 years ago was well known on Baltimore’s famous block

  3. drmonkeyarmy - Mar 13, 2012 at 10:59 AM

    Update is that they turned down the money. So, a bunch of impoverished kids can’t have a little league season because some adults think taking money from a strip joint wouldn’t be appropriate? Again, a situation where political correctness has gone way to far.

    • koufaxmitzvah - Mar 13, 2012 at 11:07 AM

      Gender neutrality, lack of ethnic diversity, and an active dissuasion from racial and/or religious preference and/or bigotry is Political Correctness. Stuff like equal pay, bilingual street signs, a Menorah lit beside a Christmas Tree at your local City Hall, and changing the original terminology of Huck Finn are all examples of Political Correctness.

      Refusing to take money from a strip joint is not Political Correctness.

      Maybe what you mean is that prudish behavior has gone too far.

      • drmonkeyarmy - Mar 13, 2012 at 1:52 PM

        Fair enough.