Posts Tagged ‘Toy Drive’

Your Fire Fighters, Area Strippers, and Area Strip Clubs Unite for the 2017 Toy Program – (Yes, 2017)

Monday, November 13th, 2017

No (further) comment.

Just released:

Kick-Off Charity Dance event on Thursday, Nov. 16, at the Gold Club from 8-10pm (PRNewsfoto/Gold Club)

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“Gold Club San Francisco and 9 Premier Adult Clubs Team Up with San Francisco Fire Fighters Local 798 Toy Program’s Annual Holiday Drive

SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 13, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Ten premier adult clubs including the Gold Club, Larry Flynt’s Hustler Club, Penthouse Club and Restaurant, Condor Club, Hungry I Club, New Century Theater, Centerfolds, Roaring 20s Club, Little Darlings and Garden of Eden have partnered with the San Francisco Fire Fighters Local 798 in order to spread a bit of cheer for families in need. Enticing entertainers perform nightly charity dances and collect new, unwrapped toys from patrons during the holidays for the SFFF annual holiday drive.

Along with the annual fundraising efforts, this year’s toy drive will be focused on collecting bicycles for boys and girls affected by the recent North Bay Fires. Since the inaugural fundraiser in the 1990s, these clubs have raised more than $300,000 and collected thousands of toys for more than 40,000 families each year, according to union officials.

“Our collective goal this year is to raise over $35,000 and collect hundreds of toys and bicycles,” said Axel Sang, Marketing Director for the Gold Club San Francisco.

The toy drive at the participating clubs will kick off with a soiree on Thursday, Nov. 16, at the Gold Club from 8-10pm located at 650 Howard St. The evening will include complimentary cocktails, appetizers and the beautiful Gold Club entertainers, who will be performing charity dances throughout the evening. Guests can either donate $20 to the fundraiser or bring a new, unwrapped toy valued at $20 or more to attend, but must register online beforehand at GoldClubSF.com.

Starting the evening of the kickoff party, hundreds of entertainers from all ten adult entertainment venues will be performing during a charity dance, which will be announced by the DJ. The charity dance contributions go support the San Francisco Firefighters Toy Program’s annual holiday drive to provide much needed gifts to thousands of children across the region.

Along with the charitable performances, patrons who bring a new, unwrapped toy valued at $20 or more will get free admission to all the clubs from November 16th through December 21st, with collection barrels located inside all 10 venues.

The toy drive wrap up will take place with an outrageously over-the-top check presentation celebration on Thursday December 21st from 8-10pm at the Penthouse Club & Restaurant 412 Broadway.

According to representatives, the Toy Program is not subsidized by any federal or state agencies. It is completely self- funded through donations from many businesses and operates through the willingness of dozens of volunteers who lend their time and hearts to the toy program, which runs year-round.

The San Francisco Firefighters Toy Program also provides donations year-round to families in need when disaster strikes, union officials said, including toys, pajamas, personal hygiene products and other necessities.

“This is a cause close to our hearts, from the entertainers to the staff and our guests. The toy and bicycle drive supports our neighborhoods and families who are less fortunate and who can’t celebrate the holidays the way they would like to, especially those in the North Bay during these tough times,” Sang said. “It’s about giving – it’s about caring for others.”

Another Year, Another Strip Club CHECK PRESENTATION for Our Local 798 SFFD Members

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2016

Here’s the “tradition” and here’s the 2016 version:

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Wow, Look at How Proud San Francisco Firefighters are About Supporting Our Annual Stripper Club Christmas Toy Drive – And Look, Airbnb!

Thursday, November 5th, 2015

Get up to speed here and then try to see who’s sponsoring this year’s shindig here. These days, our local SFFD union doesn’t seem all that proud of this Christmas tradition at all:

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And check it, from our local Paper Of Record last year:

Firefighters, strip clubs’ holiday connection seen as odd, sexist, by Heather Knight, December 15, 2014.

Oh My, Airbnb’s Huge Donations to Local Dems Pay Off! – Scott Wiener as Puppet – Annual SFFD X-Mas Toy Drive Now Stripper-Free?

Monday, August 10th, 2015

Let’s see if I can pay off on the headline.

Ever since I can remember, SFFD Local 798 has sponsored an annual Christmas Toy Drive, you know, for kids! And our local strip clubs have been involved – imagine smiling faces and giant checks for 25 large.

(I can recall riding my bike to the stoop of the Gold Club (aka Conference Room G? Good one, Yelp!) on Howard Street back in The Aughts during my lunch hour – somebody (some blogger/media type, I forget who) wanted a photo of the scene. I get there, and it was so sad. Three strippers had been driven there just for a press conference, but at least one of them didn’t get it. “Is my picture going to be in the paper? I don’t want my family to see that!” (Girl, do you have agency? No? OK fine.) Obvs, there wasn’t a meeting of the minds on this deal and it gave me a sad, so I left. And then they decided to move the venue of the presser, ’cause people were worried about have the embarrassing GOLD CLUB marquee in the photos.)

Anywho, this whole program with the strippers…

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…has not been without controversy.

Oh, check it, from our local Paper Of Record:

Firefighters, strip clubs’ holiday connection seen as odd, sexist, by Heather Knight, December 15, 2014.

Now let’s think here – who could replace the strippers this year? It would have to be an image-sensitive entity with a worser image than the sex trade, but with loads of cold hard cash to spend all over town.

Uh, what about Airbnb? (You know they have a big election coming up come November.)

Hey look, no strippers, but it’s Supervisor Scott Wienerhe‘s Airbnb’s biggest friend in town, right?

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Hey what about Airbnb itself – take a look at what they have to say about all this, after the jump.

Hey Airbnb, is this the kind of thing you were looking for when you gave the SFDems five figures not too long ago?

Hey Airbnb, you let the strippers do this work for years and years just until you have a big election coming up and you want to show yourselves as a great corporate citizen?

Just asking.

(And also asking: What of poor Lexus, Mercedes, and Porsche? They’re OUT, after all these years of giving to the kids?)

I’ll tell you, I have no beef against the idea of Airbnb per se, but man, your sausage factory isn’t pretty, A.

In fact, it’s offal.

All right, click on over to get Airbnb’s side of the story from their fresh news release. (And don’t forget to read the fine print – see if you have to sign away your first-born when you  click on an ad for Airbnb…)

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