ED’s Exotic Dancer Awards Show Announces Winners

CLEARWATER, Fla.—For the 21st straight year, an entire industry came together for three days of networking events, seminars, exclusive parties, a packed tradeshow and an industry awards show. The Annual Gentlemen’s Club Owners Expo, held Aug. 20-22 at Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas, boasted one of the event’s highest attendance, including club owners and operators, DJs and other club staff, feature entertainers, industry pros and many more. 

As is the case each year, the Expo’s highlight event was the 16th Annual ED’s Awards Show, held Aug. 21 at the House of Blues and sponsored by Anheuser-Busch. Anchored by awards show host, comedian Adam Hunter, and including special guest appearances by Motley Crue’s Vince Neil and Pantera/Hellyeah drummer Vinnie Paul, along with command performances by the four Overall Entertainer of the Year Nominees—Lacey Rain, Krystle Cummings, Christina Aguchi and Dakota Skye—the Annual ED’s Awards Show presented awards to the industry’s top adult nightclubs and feature entertainers. The two top awards—Overall Feature Entertainer of the Year and Overall Club of the Year—went to Christina Aguchi and Spearmint Rhino Las Vegas, respectively. 

“With its fast pace, engaging special presenters and amazing feature entertainer performances—not to mention the great live music provided by Las Vegas’ own Brazen—this year’s ED’s Awards Show will certainly go down as one of the best ever,” said ED’s Associate Publisher Dave Manack. “We not only salute each and every club and entertainer who won this year, but all of the deserving nominees as well. It is our privilege to be the only national awards show for this industry, and we enjoy celebrating the best-of-the-best each year.”

The ED’s Awards Show is only one facet of this annual convention. This year’s “Money Expo” featured seminars dedicated to either making or saving club operators money right now, and boasted Expo keynote speaker Steven Hirsch of Vivid Entertainment. 

The Opening Night “Game Show” Party at the Hustler Club saw feature entertainer Jayden Cole win the first-ever “Stripper Jeopardy,” while “bachelorette” entertainer Richelle Ryan was chosen by the “bachelor”—Charles Bass, co-owner of Babe’s Cabaret in New Orleans—during the “Dating Game.”  

“We pack three days full of seminars, networking events, private parties and our tradeshow with the hope that every attendee gets their money’s worth,” Manack said. “We appreciate every single guest who joins our annual Vegas get-together, and we’re already looking forward to Expo 2014.”

The winners from the 2013 ED’s Awards Show include: 

Overall Gentlemen’s Club of the Year 

Spearmint Rhino, Las Vegas, NV

Club Chain of the Year 

Rick’s Cabaret

Overall Entertainer of the Year

Christina Aguchi

Newcomer Entertainer of the Year

Darling Danika 

Club Favorite Entertainer of the Year

Suzie Malone

Adult Movie Entertainer of the Year 

Richelle Ryan

Miss ExoticDancer.com of the Year 

Miss Mena

Hall of Fame

Hal Lowrie

Club of the Year/Northeast

Hustler Club, New York City

Small Club of the Year/Northeast

Kandy’s Gentlemen’s Club, Waterford, PA

Club of the Year/Southeast

Thee Dollhouse, Tampa, FL

Small Club of the Year/Southeast

Trophy Club, Florence, SC

Club of the Year/Midwest

Show Palace Gentlemen’s Club, Darien, WI

Small Club of the Year/Midwest

Deja Vu, Lansing, MI

Club of the Year/Central

Rick’s Cabaret DFW, Fort Worth, TX

Small Club of the Year/Central

Babe’s Cabaret, New Orleans

Club of the Year/West

Penthouse Club, San Francisco 

Small Club of the Year/West

Fantasy Castle, Long Beach, CA

“Feature” Club of the Year 

Cafe Royale, Farmingdale, NY

Club Employee of the Year

Toni Smith, Diamond Dolls, Pompano Beach, FL

General Manager of the Year

Ken DeGori, Gold Club, San Francisco

DJ of the Year

Jon “MC” Harmon, Penthouse Club, San Francisco