Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Gross Gross Gross

That's all I could really think when I read this in the Chronicle of Philanthropy feed:

The Naked Truth about a Charity Golf Scam

A strip-club business in Atlanta lied when it promised that proceeds from a golf tournament featuring nude dancers as caddies would go toward a local women’s shelter, reports the Atlanta television station.

The strip-club owners charged $175 per person for golfers. They charged $300 extra for participants to engage the services of bikini-clad caddies, many of whom disrobed in the more secluded sections of the course. The outing, sponsored by the company Garaldi South, broke several laws, members of the Fulton County police department told reporters.

Shirley Baker, director of the Atlanta Day Shelter for Women and Children, was surprised that the Garaldi company used the charity’s name for its event, saying the company never gave it a donation, and was dismayed by the television station’s undercover footage of the nude women at the event. “I can’t even believe they would do this,” she said. “We are a Christian-based ministry.”

A representative of Garaldi South sent the television station a copy of a $750 check it said it had dropped off at the shelter’s front desk last month. The shelter says it did not receive the check. A lawyer for the company said that the golf event lost money.

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