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Pink Pony Strip Club To Be Turned Into A Church


First Posted: 12/12/11 05:15 PM ET Updated: 12/12/11 09:24 PM ET

When the Pink Pony strip club gets its next makeover, the dollar bills won't be going in dancers' garter belts but into collection plates. A West Virginia minister plans to turn the house of sin into a house of worship.

Pastor Art Hage is spearheading what he hopes will be the adult entertainment bar's unlikely transformation. "It has such a bad reputation and we feel like we could make it good," Hage told the Charleston Gazette.

In addition to its reputation as one of Cross Lanes' seedier establishments, the Pink Pony is also infamous for being the location where 2003 Powerball lottery winner Jack Whittaker was drugged and robbed of $500,000 in cash. The club lost its liquor license in 2003 and has been vacant since last year.

In addition to serving 200 to 300 families, "it basically will be a rehabilitation center to help people that have been on gambling, dope, drug addiction, all kinds of immorality and our goal is to help them," said Hage, according to WOWKTV.

The reverend says he needs to raise $795,000 to repurpose to the building, WSAZ reports.

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