Mar 12, 2012, 3:48 PM EDT
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.
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]
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