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Ohio Strip Club's "Lap Dances for Haiti" Charity Drive

| by Mark Berman Opposing Views

A strip club in Ohio has raised $1,000 for victims of the earthquake in Haiti with its "Lap Dances for Haiti" promotion. The club, cleverly named "Marilyn's on Monroe" (it's on Monroe St. in downtown Toledo), donated all of the money it collected from its $10 cover charge Saturday night to a charity that is helping Haiti.

General Manager Kenny Soprano said the club has been looking to do a charity event for a while, as a way to polish its sullied image. "We'd been racking our brains for about a month or so, thinking about what we could do," he said. "You don't hear much about strip clubs giving back to the community."

He said some charities rejected the club's advances. "It was pretty hard to find an organization that wants to deal with an adult entertainment establishment," he said.

But the charity called International Services of Hope, or ISOH/IMPACT, said it doesn't care where the money comes from. "I don't have a problem with it," said ISOH/IMPACT chief executive Linda Greene. She also pointed out she was not contacted ahead of time by the club about the event.

By the way, the name of the event might be a bit misleading, because lap dances are actually illegal in Ohio. Either way, $1,000 in much needed aid is on its way to help ease the suffering in Haiti.