Top adult nightclub & staff nominees revealed for 2014 "ED's" Adult Nightclub & Exotic Dancer Awards
Eight top clubs nominated for the Overall Gentlemen’s Club of the Year Award
June 20, 2014, Clearwater, FL: It’s been dubbed as the “Oscars”of the adult nightclub industry, the crowning event of the Annual Gentlemen’s Club Owners EXPO and an evening worthy of celebration. The Annual Adult Nightclub & Exotic Dancer Awards Show—known more frequently as the ED’s Awards—will return for its 17th straight year at the 2014 EXPO at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. Once again, the House of Blues, located directly inside Mandalay Bay and boasting a national reputation as one of the nation’s best live music venues, will play host to the show.
Longtime Wisconsin club owner Don “Weasel” DalPonte, who was a founding member of the national Association of Club Executives (ACE) and an inductee into the Exotic Dancer Hall of Fame, passed away April 19. Dalponte, who was 63, had been diagnosed with advanced lymphoma.
Most of the industry’s top feature entertainers from the past two decades earned their stripes working at DalPonte’s club, Weasel’s Sportsman’s Rendezvous (later renamed Weasel’s Exotic Entertainment), in Eagle River, Wisconsin, where the top booking agencies would send their new recruits for training.
DalPonte was a fixture at the Annual Gentlemen’s Club Owners EXPO and one of the first members of the national Association of Club Executives Board of Directors. “When we put together the ACE Board we wanted to make sure that, in addition to the big club chains, the voice of the smaller single club operator would be heard,” says ED Publisher Don Waitt. “For many years DalPonte was that voice.”
DalPonte was inducted into the EXOTIC DANCER Hall of Fame in 2008. Asked how he got the nickname “Weasel,” DalPonte recalls he was working at a bar in Chicago in the late 1970s, and was frequently asked to deal with local police when they were called. DalPonte said, “I guess I had to weasel out of things. Plus, they told me I sort of look like a Weasel.”
In 1981, he opened Weasel’s Sportsman’s Rendezvous in the small town of Eagle River. More easily reached by snowmobile than automobile in the winter months, Weasel’s quickly became home to fishers, hunters, and those vacationing at the world’s largest chain of lakes.
Around 2000, DalPonte was first diagnosed with cancer. Though given only a 30 percent chance to live, he refused an operation, took experimental medicine, and beat the odds—at least for a while.
In February 2011, DalPonte was the victim of a home invasion, during which he was shot and beaten by two men wearing ski masks. Though he originally appeared to have recovered quickly from these injuries, DalPonte was admitted to the hospital in December 2011, complaining of headaches and memory loss, among other issues.
In what can only be described as a tragic case of bad luck, while DalPonte was in the hospital on New Year’s Eve, 2011, his club burned to the ground. The fire broke out just after 7 p.m. on December 31, and thankfully, the club was closed at the time of the fire.
To make a donation that contributes to DalPonte’s three daughters, send a check made out to Dolly Miller with a notation for “The DalPonte Girls.” The address is Dolly Miller, 7310 Marlboro Road, Crystal Lake, IL 60012
Daytona Beach Commissioner Carl Lentz went just a little too far during his visit to Club Topic when he had the bright idea to demand sex from a female server. He thought that his prestigious status as Commissioner—and the threat of city action against the club—would be persuasion enough to convince the poor girl to adhere to his drunken demands. According to William Bittorf, the son of the owner of Club Topic, the come-on was a result of one too many drinks, which was also the result of his irate behavior when he was abruptly denied.
“He threw a drink on her,” Bittorf told the police officer who responded to his 911 call. “The girl ran behind the bar to get away from him. He tried to go behind the bar and I stood in his way... he said he was going to call the chief and have us shut down.”
Commissioner Lentz was seen out of the club with a trespass warning and banishment from Club Topic. Sorry Commissioner, but “less policing” just isn’t a fair trade for sex these days.
Not quite. In fact, it was to bestow a Medal of Honor on Rodriguez's late Uncle, U.S. Army Pvt. Miguel Vera, who was among 24 men who served in conflicts spanning World War II to Vietnam. Their heroism was apparently overlooked, and they are now being retroactively awarded America’s highest award for valor. Rodriguez has been invited to the White House to accept the Medal of Honor on his uncle's behalf.
“It sounded just like him. I was in shock,” Rodriguez was quoted as saying to the Miami Herald, noting also that he loved his uncle "like a brother." Rodriguez described his uncle as a slight, shy private who knew what to do on the last day of his life as an automatic rifleman with Company F of the 2nd Infantry Division’s 38th Infantry Regiment.
Someone will recite the story at the White House on Tuesday, March 25th. As Rodriguez tells it, the private fell wounded and was being carried off the battlefield when he saw his fellow soldiers’ morale in jeopardy.
“My uncle got off the stretcher, rallied the troops and said, ‘We’ve got to go,’ ” Rodriguez said, quoting accounts of how Vera led a terrifying charge up the hill. “There was mayhem, hand-to-hand combat, bayonet fighting,” he added.
Automatic weapons and grenade fire, artillery and mortar barrages were of such intensity that his platoon fell back, according to an account issued by the Department of the Army on April 29, 1953. But not Vera. “He selflessly remained behind to cover the withdrawal and, maintaining a determined stand, poured crippling fire into enemy emplacements,” according to his Distinguished Service Cross citation. “During this action he lost his life.”
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Nearly three months after the charity golf event took place—an event that included two unnamed Central Florida adult nightclubs—Navy Capt. John P. Heatherington was removed from his post as commanding officer of the Naval Ordnance Test Unit. Vice Adm. specifically for allowing adult businesses to be one of the charity event sponsors. Terry Benedict, director of Strategic Systems Programs, made the decision more than two weeks after the allegation of impropriety was brought to leadership in Washington.
For more information or to watch the entire documentary, please visit http://www.vice.com/Fringes/atlanta-strip-city
On January 11th, Thomas Elliot Hjelmeland was denied entry into Portland’s Mystic Gentleman’s Club on the basis that he was behaving belligerently and openly making racial slurs. He retaliated from this rejection by returning 30 minutes later wearing a Halloween mask and armed with a revolver. He then proceeded to open fire within the club, leaving one of the venue’s bouncers in critical condition and two others wounded. Before he could do any further damage, another bouncer, Jonathan Baer, shot the gunman after being left with no other choice. Although Hjelmeland later died from the wound and the incident is no doubt tragic, what bouncer Baer did was nonetheless heroic and this fact was recognized by the grand jury, who ruled that Baer did not commit a crime and his use of deadly force was justified due to the nature of the situation.
For more information, please visit http://www.kgw.com/news/No-charges-against-Mystic-club-bouncer-who-shot-patron-242958861.html
“It’s a really exciting time for us,” says Shaun Kevlin, manager of Vivid Cabaret, the newly opened home of the city’s tallest stripper pole standing at 25 feet. “It’s definitely going to be the biggest week of the year.”
Kevlin expects his club to be packed to maximum capacity, with all 90 dancers on his roster ready to play.
For more information, please visit http://www.vocativ.com/01-2014/americas-elite-strippers-warm-super-bowl/
City of Angels & Home of Rock ‘N’ Roll to host two EXOTIC DANCER Invitational (EDI) Contests in Spring 2014Spearmint Rhino’s Dames N’ Games club in Los Angeles will play host to the EDI-West Contest on April 10-12, while Christie’s Cabaret in Cleveland hosts the EDI-East Contest on May 29-31
Clearwater, FL: ED (Exotic Dancer) Publications, producers of the Annual Gentlemen’s Club EXPO, celebrates the “return of the showgirl” by introducing two national, invitation-only feature dance contests. The best of the best in the exotic showgirls arena are honored each year with the presentation of EXOTIC DANCER’s “Overall Entertainer of the Year” Award at the Annual ED’s Awards in Las Vegas during the Gentlemen’s Club EXPO. To enhance the prestige of this National Award and to insure that the most qualified applicants all have a shot at the title, ED Publications, producer of the EXPO, the Annual ED’s Awards and the bimonthly Club Bulletin magazine, has launched a new, national contest series in 2014 —the Annual EXOTIC DANCER Invitationals.