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Published: Monday, 2/8/2010

Toledo strip club puts cover charge into quake relief

BLADE STAFF

Scantily clad dancers were the draw at a downtown men's entertainment club over the weekend for an event that raised nearly $1,000 for victims of the earthquake in Haiti.

Marilyn's on Monroe, 715 Monroe St., billed Saturday's affair as "Lap dances for Haiti."

Although the billing may be misleading - lap dancing is illegal in Ohio - the intention isn't.

General Manager Kenny Soprano said Sunday the club donated all the money from the day's regular $10 cover charge to International Services of Hope, or ISOH/IMPACT, of Waterville.

Mr. Soprano said Marilyn's on Monroe had been considering a charity fund-raiser before the Haiti earthquake as a way to polish the club's 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 may be put off by the donation's source.

"It was pretty hard to find an organization that wants to deal with an adult entertainment establishment," he said.

Two sister clubs in the Detroit area, the Landing Strip in Romulus and Subi's Place in Southgate, have scheduled similar events this month with a goal of raising $5,000.

That's the amount needed to send a container of relief supplies to Haiti, said Linda Greene, ISOH/IMPACT's chief executive officer. Ms. Greene said she has not been contacted by the club regarding the event.

The organization is grateful for any donations it receives to aid the people of Haiti.

"I don't have a problem with it," she said.



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