After learning a strip club was involved in a charity golf tournament scheduled for this weekend at President Trump’s National Doral Golf Club, a Miami-based nonprofit separated itself from the event, which has since been canceled.
Carlos Alamilla, the director of the Miami All Stars, told Golfweek he didn’t know a strip club was involved until the Washington Post called him Tuesday. He said he wouldn’t accept any donations from the tournament and was irritated when he discovered the affiliation with Shadow Cabaret, a strip club in the Miami area.
Alamilla said Emanuele Mancuso, the strip club’s marketing director, had reached out to him about a month earlier and offered to make a donation to Miami All Stars. They later met to discuss the tournament, but Alamilla said he didn’t know of Mancuso’s connection to the strip club or the inclusion of dancers at the event — an advertisement states golfers can choose the “caddy girl of your choice.”
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“Everything was focused on the golf tournament,” Alamilla said in a phone interview Wednesday. “He hyped up the whole event. … But nothing was mentioned of the strip club.”
Mancuso and Doral Golf Club did not immediately respond to a request for comment. David Fahrenthold of The Washington Post reported Wednesday the tournament has been canceled.
Miami All Stars is focused on promoting basketball and providing “services to youngsters in fitness, nutrition and education,” the group’s website reads. It has been affiliated with Jr. NBA and Jr. WNBA programs for over a decade, Alamilla said.
Alamilla said he and Mancuso came to a verbal agreement for a donation but there was no signed contract. And despite not supporting Trump — who has turned day-to-day control of Doral and other properties to his sons, Don Jr. and Eric — Alamilla felt the donation might make a positive impact to Miami All Stars.
“If something good can come out of this, you know, for the kids, then let’s do it,” Alamilla said. “That was it.”
A promotional image for the tournament stated the occasion would be “Miami’s sexiest charity event of 2019,” and the rate for a single player was listed as $450, while a foursome costed $1,800. There was also an option for “VIP Upgrades,” including a two-night stay at the Doral Resort, for $1,000.
The poster included the Miami All Stars logo, Jr. NBA and Jr. WNBA logos, as well as the Trump family crest. The NBA said in a statement to the Washington Post that it did not give permission to include its logos in conjunction with the tournament, nor did Alamilla authorize for the Miami All Stars logo to be used.
And about an hour after Alamilla got off the phone with the Post, he received two phone calls from lawyers of the NBA.
“You’re in violation of the usage of our logos, but more important than that, it’s related to a strip club,” Alamilla recalled the lawyers saying. “I said, ‘You know what? We’ve been together for over 10 years, I didn’t know anything about this, I would’ve never, ever authorized this.’”
On Wednesday morning, Alamilla called Mancuso to tell him his charity was pulling out of the event. Alamilla told Mancuso he thought the event should be canceled altogether.
“I’m not into golf, number one. Number two, I’ve never been to the golf club, to the golf resort. And number three, I don’t like Trump,” Alamilla said. “He’s the opposite of what we believe in. We work with kids, we work with underprivileged kids, we work with migrant kids. He doesn’t like any of those.”
Franco Ripple, the communication director for the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, told the Post that Miami All Stars is not registered as a charity. The South Florida Sun Sentinel reported that Florida categorizes the group as an active not-for-profit corporation, and it has 21 days to register with the state as a nonprofit.
Once the Post story was published, Alamilla said he stayed up well past midnight reading the comments, most of which were political but included some that insulted him and the kids in his program. The latter angered him most.
So when he woke up, the decision to separate Miami All Stars with the golf tournament was a simple one.
“We just cannot have kids related to sex,” Alamilla said. “It doesn’t jive.”