Raffle location delays gaming license app

FLINT TWP. — With questions about the location of proposed activities, the township board postponed taking action on a nonprofit’s request to support its state application for a charitable gaming license.

The applicant, CMB Basketball provided proof of its tax-exempt status granted by the Internal Revenue Service. In a letter to the board, CMB organizers explained that they would like to hold fundraising raffles to support their mission of working with local youth on sports and life skills.

The request indicated plans to hold the raffles at The Luxe Lounge, 519 W Bristol Road, which raised a red flag for the township board.

Tracey Tucker, township economic director, said the establishment does not have a business or liquor license and has been reported to the state. Clerk Kim Courts said that CMB was asking for the gaming license, not Luxe Lounge. The license would enable CMB to hold its fundraisers at other facilities. She also indicated the license would be good for one year.

Trustee Barb Vert questioned the affiliation.

“Why give a (gaming) license to someone using a facility that doesn’t have a license for anything? she asked. She added her observation that the Luxe Lounge is very active hosting showers, psychic affairs and other events.

Vert moved to postpone the board’s vote on CMB’s licensing request until they can get more information. The board unanimously agreed.

CMB Basketball’s goal is “to be able to reach every kid possible, accommodate their interests and teach them how to become successful leaders in our community in a safe environment,” according to a statement on its website at www.cmbbasketballtraining.com

The organization is seeking donations and partners to assist in the development of tutoring, mentoring, life and leadership skills and public speaking programs.

CMB staff includes Chris McLavish, CEO / President / Executive Director / Founder / Coach / Trainer. Born and raised in Flint, McLavish played basketball at Flint Northwestern for the legendary Grover Kirkland which won back to back city and Saginaw Valley Championships, according to the bio. McLavish also played at he college level at the University of South Alabama and received several offers to play overseas but declined in order to stay in the United States to raise his three children.

Other members of the CMB team include his father Richard McLavish. Vice Chair of the Board, Vice President and Coach and Karen McLavish, CFO / Executive Treasurer / Director of Operations / Dance Coordinator & Instructor.

More information about CMB’s training camps and affiliations also are listed on the web site.

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