The Check’s in the Mail? A Charity Sponsor Makes Himself Scarce after Event

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March 25, 2014; KRIS-TV

This past October, Texas Toyz sponsored their second annual “Zombie Walk,” with the proceeds to go to CASA of the Coastal Bend, a group that helps children in foster care. The problem is those proceeds just never got there, and now Dean Fritsch, the owner of the toy shop, may be acting a bit hinky.

“They’re going to get their money,” said Fritsch. “It’s not going to be as much as the previous year ($8,000), unfortunately, but, they’re still going to get the cash, because that’s where our heart is.”

But do the numbers add up? The walk more than doubled in size since last year, and two charities were recipients last year, where this year it is just CASA. More than two thousand tickets were sold at $25 to $30, in addition to t-shirts to promote the event, adding up to more than $40,000.

To make matters worse, when pushed on his math by, the website for a local TV station that had helped promote the event, Fritsch defended himself by questioning where CASA money is spent. “That’s always been a question in my mind; I just never pursued it, or just trusted,” he said.

KRIS-TV, probably figuring that they, too, have a dog in this fight, have promised to follow up, and CASA’s director remains hopeful that the group will, indeed, receive the check.—Ruth McCambridge

  • Darren

    This is the absolute worst in “gun for hire” journalism. You are only displaying part of this story. When the actual reporter was pressed to do her own math, how many people showed up versus her own opinion she sidestepped the question and ran. Ruth, you are disgusting for paraphrasing this article.