The flooding that affected West Virginia in late June is spawning a great deal of fundraising among state businesses. Church congregations, hospitals, and various charities have pooled their efforts to help rebuild the southern regions of the state affected by the floods, but it looks like a new benefactor has popped up as well, and it comes in the form of John Baron’s Blue Parrot Cabaret.
From Washington Post:
The Blue Parrot Cabaret, a gentleman’s club in Morgantown, W.Va., which features nude dancers, says some of the proceeds from its lap dances this week will go to organizations helping victims of last month’s floods.
“There are probably any number of people in this state that probably wouldn’t care for my type of a business,” said Baron, co-owner of the Blue Parrot. “But at the end of the day, when a fellow West Virginian needs help, you turn around and you help.”
He came up with the idea a few weeks ago, after floods in late June killed at least 23 people in the southern part of the state, including a toddler swept away by floodwaters. A friend’s mother lives in Greenbrier County, which was hit hardest, where 15 people died.
So one night after all the customers left, he called a staff meeting, including the 15 to 20 women who dance for the club. He told them that if they’d donate some of their proceeds from lap dances, the Blue Parrot would match the donations.
“I knew they were going to be agreeable, but not gung-ho about it,” Baron said.
As a human being, I respect the philanthropic efforts of Mr. Baron and his employees. As a fraternity man, I respect the method. When you live in a place that’s as conservative as West Virginia, it has to be difficult to even operate a club without getting bricks through your window. A move like this, using your employees’ popularity as a way to help those in need, is another way to build positive community relations. People bond over good causes and the real winners are usually the people in need. Plus, Karma’s stage name just took on a whole extra meaning.
At a time like this, when people need donations from anywhere, the Blue Parrot Cabaret is making a difference. Sex sells, and right now it’s selling for the future of the people affected by this tragedy. If you happen to be in Morgantown this week, go get a dance for a great cause..
[via Washington Post]
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