Talk about strippers with a heart of gold.
An unlikely hero, the Jet Strip Cabaret strip club in Lennox, Calif., has saved the day (or rather, the season) by donating $1,200 to the struggling Lennox Little League, the Daily Breeze reports.
It was Jet Strip general manager James Wallace's decision, although he doesn't want to take credit. Wallace told the Huffington Post, "It's certainly not about me. I'm glad we were able to do it this time."
The league's season was delayed by three weeks because of new regulations and fees imposed by the K-8 Lennox School District, ABC reports. The largest problem is that the district, citing public health concerns, banned the league from selling hamburgers and hot dogs, which accounted for a large part of the league's budget.
Watch ABC's video report:
When Wallace read about the League's financial trouble, he took up the issue with the Lennox Coordinating Council. Wallace has been on the council for 12 years and describes it as a "voluntary group that acts as a sort of city council," since Lennox is an unincorporated area. Lennox is a low-income neighborhood near the Los Angeles International Airport.
The council agreed with Wallace that this was a worthy cause. "We felt like it was going to be a big disappointment for the kids, and they definitely need positive activities in all areas," Wallace said. "It’s a good feeling to know that you can help and that it means something to somebody."
The council said that it would donate $600 to the league, at which point Wallace decided that the strip club would donate the remaining $1,200 that the league needed to stay afloat this season. The money was presented to the school board two weeks ago, along with $1,000 from the league in Westchester.
The league's future, however, is still uncertain and, as league president Roberto Aguirre told the Breeze, they are "looking up in the sky and hoping for something great." In order to meet public health standards, the league will need $65,000 to build a drain.
Wallace said the strip club has never needed credit for donations it's made in the past, which include donations to the Lennox park as well as to the St. Margaret Center for the homeless and needy in the area.
He said that he hopes the league can become self-sustaining again. However, when asked if he would help again if needed in the future, he said, "If necessary, we would probably do it again."
UPDATE: Although some parents said they were OK with the donation coming from a strip club, league president Aguirre is not and so the league has turned down the money, KTLA reports. Aguirre said Monday morning, "This morning we found out exactly where the check came from. It was a shocker to us."
He told KTLA that the Lennox School District will return the check to the strip club, and the league will look to other businesses for the money it still needs. He also hopes the district will renegotiate the fees it has increased.
This is not the first time Jet Strip's donations have been turned down. In the past, the strip club's charity was turned away by the Special Olympics and the Make-A-Wish Foundation, the Los Angeles Times reports.
Watch this video of the 2011 Lennox Little League champions celebrating their victory.
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