FOREST PARK — As Forest Park officials rushed around town handing out turkeys to the less fortunate for Thanksgiving last week, they paused during Monday night’s council meeting to recognize a particular donor’s generosity.
Dave Rashmir, manager of the adult entertainment club Rumors, stepped forward to accept the thanks of councilmembers and the mayor for donating many turkeys.
The city and the club have had their run-ins, particularly under former mayor David Lockhart. More religiously-inclined residents have had a problem with the city taking money from a club where female flesh is on display, but the club also provides the city with much-needed revenue.
Under the previous administration, the city battled the club’s ownership over late-night alcohol sales and potential nude-dancing shenanigans, then entered into a settlement agreement that allowed the club to open. A judge refused to OK a related consent agreement. Near the end of his term, Lockhart drew scrutiny when he was photographed allegedly wearing a bra and dancing in the club during a birthday party for another patron. At the time, Lockhart said, “It’s OK to act silly from time to time, in the right circumstances.”
Councilwoman Latresa Akins-Wells said she had no problem with the source and thanked the club for its donation.
Councilwoman Kimberly James laughed as she told those present she didn’t want to go over to the club personally to pick up the birds, so she had sent a gentleman in her place to round up the flock.
Councilwoman Sandra Bagley posted to her Facebook feed, “Today in the life of this Public Servant, I got to deliver some turkeys, generously donated by Dave Rashmir and Rumors. We may disagree on some issues, but are in total agreement of giving to our community!”
Rumors is not the only business to donate turkeys to the city’s needy.
Food Depot, Wholesale Food Outlet, Piggly Wiggly and Kroger donated turkeys and canned goods, which city officials and the Forest Park Police Department handed out at City Hall last Tuesday.