Strip Club donates $20,000 to school: School refuses

Katherine - posted on 02/02/2011 ( 13 moms have responded )




In Palm Beach County, Florida, an elementary school was recently considering returning a $20,000 donation made by an individual. Why on earth when schools budgets are so short would a school -- a public school -- ever consider passing on such a sum of money? In this case, it was because the money was donated by a strip club owner.

If it was drug money, or money otherwise illegally obtained, that would be one thing. But like 'em or not, strip clubs are legal in this country. And if all those dollar bills placed in g-strings can help educate children, why not? It's not like the guy was asking for the school to be named after him or to have stripper poles installed in classrooms.

Instead it sounds like Joe Rodriguez is quite the benevolent man. According to the Miami Herald, he has a long history of making charitable donations and has donated tens of thousands of dollars to help children over the years. He has formed a foundation, Rodriguez Charities, in which he has raised more than $500,000 through car washes, poker games, and the like. And yes, there are some scantily clad women at the events.

But money is money, right? If little Tommy needs a math book, and this guy is going to provide, then wash away. There are certainly worse uses for the money, and this school was apparently in dire need. I would actually be irate if my child's school turned the money down.

Some, however, disagree.

"It came from someone associated with the exploitation of women -- and that demeans half the population," Anthony Verdugo, executive director of the Christian Family Coalition, told the Miami Herald. "If you do that, where do you draw the line? That's not the message to send to kids -- that it's OK to exploit women."

In the end, the school kept the money after a vote.

“I never knew what Mr. Rodriguez does for a living, but when you run a school as poor as this one and you get a donation, that’s not the kind of question you ask. You’re just grateful for what you get,” said Dr. Glenda Garrett, the principal.

I say good for them.

Would you want your child's school to accept a donation from a strip club owner?


Krista - posted on 02/03/2011




It's a donation, not a sponsorship. So it's not like he'd be wanting ads for his strip club put up in the cafeteria.

Besides that, the donation was made in his name, not his business's name.

Besides, if schools only accepted money from morally upstanding sources, they'd have to refuse all government funding. ; )

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Barbara - posted on 11/21/2012




Your question is would you want your child's school to accept a donation from a strip club owner? Yes as long as he is not trying to promote his business. Gratefully accepting donations is what this school should only do. Do not worry where the money is coming from and help the students is all that is needed. I would not care where the money is coming from as long as it was not to promote sex, drugs or booze. Today the economy is poor. So yes I would accept the donation.

Brandi - posted on 02/04/2011




I don't think it should matter. A donation is a donation. If the schools benefit from it, I don't see how they could turn it down. The children don't know where the money came from, and the strippers are not trying to get the kids to go and be strippers themselves.

and I agree with Jenn.

Jenn - posted on 02/04/2011




I don't see why it would matter where the money came from. It's funny how people forget that these stripper CHOSE to do what they do - nobody is making them be a stripper. I'd say they are far from exploited and are laughing all the way to the bank with all of the money they make.

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$20,000 can buy a class set of laptop COMPUTERS, not laptop dances ;-)
Sorry! I had to throw that one out there! The high school where I teach is textbook-free. No books. Every kid, every teacher has a laptop COMPUTER!

Becky - posted on 02/03/2011




I'd be okay with it, money is money. But I wouldn't want them publicizing where it came from.

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Huh... In Nevada (where I grew up) tax money from the casinos and brothels goes toward schools... No one complains about it either! I should check and see if Nevada has a larger education budget than other states because of this... lol

I say the school should take the money. Are they really saying that the source of the money is more important than what they can do with it? Dumbasses...

Katherine - posted on 02/02/2011




It's all about impression. Ooo a strip club donated money to us, we can't except that, we're better than that. EVEN though the school could USE $20,000.
Hell what school couldn't right now?
How pompous.

Jenny - posted on 02/02/2011




So long as it wasn't for installing a mirrored dance floor I wouldn't care. Some pole dancing lessons could be good excercise for some of these kids though...

Sharon - posted on 02/02/2011




Sure. As long as he isn't funding the school with something in it for himself and as long as he never been convicted of a crime against children.

Stifler's - posted on 02/02/2011




YES if it meant my kid had better education/facilities. Why would I care where the money came from.

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