Exotic dancers' 'stigma' too much for charity
Last Updated: Thursday, February 8, 2007 | 11:22 AM PT
The Breast Cancer Society of Canada has rejected the offer of thousands of dollars from a fundraising group of exotic dancers in Vancouver.
Exotic Dancers for Cancer holds an annual charity event in memory of a former dancer who lost her life to the disease.
Last year, the event raised $6,000.
However, former dancer Trina Ricketts said the society sent her an e-mail declining the money this year, because its major donors did not support a connection to exotic dancers.
She says the society has taken the group's contributions in the past.
"I really feel that it's a strong indication of the degree of the stigma that exotic dancers experience when an organization doesn't even want to be associated with them for fear of experiencing the same stigma."
Ricketts said her group is still looking for a cancer charity that will accept a donation.
The annual event will be held next month at a downtown hotel.