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Susan G. Komen declines donation from topless dancers
Las Vegas (KVVU) -- For their 26th anniversary show, Crazy Girls at the Riviera wanted to donate a portion of ticket sales to Susan G. Komen for the Cure, but the foundation declined their offer.
"We were all pretty shocked. Why would they refuse?" dancer Summer Ferguson asked.
The topless show dancers say they've had dancers on the show who experienced breast cancer so it's very personal to them.
"It's really hard not to take it personal. Breast cancer runs in my family as well, so it's really hurtful," said a dancer who goes by her stage name, Victoria.
Southern Nevada's Executive Director Stephanie Kirby said it's Susan G. Komen's national policy to not partner with certain businesses, especially ones that may sexualize women.
"It just doesn't fall in line with who we are as an organization. There are too many survivors out there who no longer have the body part that is being displayed at a lot of these shows," Kirby said.
Kirby said they need to respect the survivors and those fighting breast cancer now.
"And we respect the efforts that are being made. It's just not a partnership we can enter in to. We're not too good for the money, and we're not trying to be snobs about it," Kirby said.
Kirby said their door is always open, and they wish they had had a chance to talk with the dancers about their policy.
The girls say they still can't understand.
"It's touched all our lives, and if we want to help, it doesn't matter what we're associated with. Would I be able to donate on my own despite my job now?" Ferguson exclaimed.
The show is currently looking for another breast cancer nonprofit to help with its 26th anniversary show on Thursday.