Little 7-year-old Siena Levin, the Daisy Girl Scout who came to West Hollywood’s LGBTQ Rainbow District to sell Girl Scout cookies and sold out her entire stock outside of gay bars, received a gift of $1,500 by Micky’s WeHo to be donated to whatever program she chooses. The Gift is a gesture of solidarity after the little girl was told by the Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles that she could not return to the LGBT District to sell cookies because it was against the rules to sell cookies in commercial districts without permission and it is also forbidden for children to sell their cookies outside of adult venues.
The Daisy Girl Scout thought she found the perfect spot to sell her Samoas, Do-si-dos, Thin Mints and more in the City of West Hollywood’s LGBT Rainbow District outside of some busy WeHo gay bars like Micky’s WeHo, Revolver Video Bar, and Trunks WeHo. With the help of mom, her 4-year-old little sister Riley, and her aunt, West Hollywood resident, Julie LaPlaca, the little entrepreneur cleaned house and her entire cart full of cookies sold out for two weekends in a row. Her story published here first was picked up by The Advocate, Yahoo Live and most recently by LGBTQ Nation.
Adam Eramian, the operations manager of Micky’s WeHo Nightclub says he was touched by Siena’s open-mindedness and by her mother’s instinct to teach her children love and acceptance of everyone, including the LGBT community.
“When I learned that they were reprimanded by the Girl Scouts because they were in a commercial area selling cookies by the gay bars, I wanted to do something about it,” said Aramian. “I don’t know if it’s a LGBTQ issue or whatever, but they can’t come back to Micky’s to sell cookies, so Micky’s still wants to support Sinea any way we can.”
Micky’s WeHo decided to make a donation and to let Siena choose where the money goes. Her school at Glendale Unified School District recently held a Franklin Goes Glam dance-a-thon fundraiser for their arts program. Siena chose the Micky’s money to go to her arts studies where one hundred percent of the donations go to the arts programs like music, dance, and literature.
“She chose to invest in her dance program and other arts classes,” said Aramian. “She’s learning to speak Italian right now, which is just amazing.”
“We are overjoyed with gratitude for Micky’s West Hollywood’s incredibly generous donation,” said Sioana’s mom Jenn Levin. “Adam has blown us away with his love and support for Siena and we feel so embraced by him and the entire WeHo community. I hope the LGBTQ+ community receives the same kindness, love and welcoming embrace that the have given us.”
“I’m thrilled because their school is a at risk of losing their arts program, and music, and their interns that come from all different countries,” she added. “This donation has a big impact on keeping these programs alive. These are our kids and we want them to learn by having exposure to other communities like being in WeHo or [meeting people] from Spain, or France, this gives them an opportunity to learn about different cultures and beliefs. His donations is a bump up to keeping these programs alive for our kids.”
“I feel like it was really exciting because he’s really nice to donate to my school and not just my Girl Scouts,” Siena tells WeHo Times. “It is going to SBES which is all the people that help us in our school. I’m very happy.”
Siona is $300 shy of a tie with the top fundraiser of her school. The student who raises the most money gets to be school principal for a day. The dance-a-thon was this past Friday, but the Siona has until Monday night to raise.
Then of course, the sale of Girl Scout cookies continue. Any inquiries can be made by reaching Siena’s mom at: