This article originally appeared on VICE Canada
As an out-of-control wildfire continues to ravage Fort McMurray, attention has turned to all the ways Albertans are helping each other out. They're offering their homes, their food, and their hard earned cash to make sure neighbors get back on their feet. Needless to say, it's heartwarming as hell.
Along with all that, one Edmonton strip club is extending another kind of distinctly Albertan welcome. (No, not this one). For those who narrowly escaped flames and feel like celebrating, Eden nightclub has invited Fort Mac evacuees down for free cover and a lap dance on the house.
Chris Round, general manager for a couple Alberta strip clubs including Eden and Showgirls in Fort McMurray, told VICE that's just a small fraction of the relief efforts his team of dancers, doormen, and bartenders have planned.
After escaping their sister club in Fort Mac and regrouping in Edmonton, Round says his staff hatched a plan to host a strip-a-thon he hopes will raise tens of thousands for wildfire relief. Round says the May 15 event will feature Fort Mac performers and will donate all club proceeds as well as funds from a live auction to the Red Cross.
"As far as relief goes, the girls themselves have really stepped up," Round told VICE. "A lot of them are donating their stage tips, they're donating the money they made from private dances for the night."
Round says they've also been taking donations at the door, offering free cover to anyone who shows proof of a Red Cross donation on their phone. "We're accepting honestly any donations," said Round, "water, toiletries, diapers and stuff, clothes and food, you name it, we'll be taking it to the emergency relief places."
How's that for Alberta hospitality.
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