Mar 13, 2012, 5:33 PM EDT
It was the feel-good story of the year: a Little League about to cancel its season due to lack of funds, until a local strip club rode to the rescue with a large cash donation. I’m thinking Keanu Reeves and Julia Roberts in the movie version. That was the story as of Monday afternoon, but now the president of Lennox Little League says he is shocked, shocked to learn that the money is from a strip club. So he’s turning down the donation.
“This morning we found out exactly where the check came from,” league president Roberto Aguirre told KTLA Monday night. “It was a shocker to us.”
According to Aguirre, the Lennox School District will return the check to the strip club, keeping baseball’s image clean.
“We do not want the money from the strip club. I think, for us, we do need the money, but we will go some other avenue,” Aguirre said.
Just the previous day, Aguirre was quoted by the Daily Breeze thusly:
“It feels good to be from Lennox when people do stuff like that. At the same time, the future is very scary for us, because (the donation) is a one-time deal.”
What part of “Jet Strip Cabaret” was confusing to Mr. Aguirre when he first accepted the donation?
The league was in trouble because the school district, which owns and maintains the baseball fields, was doubling its rates to use the fields. The district is also preventing the league from selling hot dogs, hamburgers and other snacks at games, because those foods are deemed unhealthy according to new government nutrition guidelines. That had been a large part of the league’s revenue.
The league also plans to reach out to other businesses in the community that they feel are more appropriate.
Their long-term goal is to raise $65,000 to build a hot dog stand that can help keep the league going.
The Jet Strip Cabaret has raised money for the community in the past, including an annual family festival to raise money for school supplies for underage children.
Your move, Chico’s Bail Bonds.
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