Thursday, May 02, 2013

TKC BREAKING AND EXCLUSIVE NEWS!!! TKC READER SCRUTINIZES JJ'S FUNDRAISING EFFORTS AFTER SOCIAL MEDIA DUST-UP!!!



TKC NOTE: This note was sent my way via social media and raises some good points that are being echoed across the local Internets. Take a look . . . Also, newsie tipsters tell me their working this story too . . .

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SOCIAL MEDIA JJ'S FUNDRAISING MESSAGE . . .

After seeing this pic posted by one of the guys who helped organize the JJs benefit, I did a little research:

I've done some research this morning:

1) AEG donated $50k to the " J.J.'s Staff Assistance Fund"

2) JJs donated $5k to the " J.J.'s Staff Assistance Fund"

3) Uptown benefit raised $50k not including silent auctions

4) Silent auctions probably raised $25k+ considering most of those items are restaurant GCs and those usually go near face value. One photographer bragged that his pic sold for $250.

5) There was a "Saber" benefit on 4/17 with proceeds going to JJs. This was posted after the event and never followed up "We are still waiting on some auction payments to come in from the Saber event. We hope to have total raised soon!".

6) Dozens of other fundraisers were held: restaurants donating 10% of sales, servers donating a portion of tips, etc.

I'd ballpark that the donations are at least $200k at this point (which is crazy considering someone was at fault and anyone hurt surely has a great lawyer by now).

Organizers promised transparency and for the fund to be governed by a board, but no single update has been given since early March. It's really too bad there's no actual journalism in this town. This seems like a story with legs.

And if you're the face of the relief effort and there has been zero transparency, perhaps flaunting your Balinese vacation on the internets is not the best idea.
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20 Comments:

Anonymous said...

Who was on vacation?

Anonymous said...

One, this was private donations made by people who are free to do with THEIR money what they want. Two, while I'm sure most people have at least talked to a lawyer, this will be tied up in court for years, meaning the people affected by this can use the money NOW. Not five years from now when this case reaches some kind of conclusion. These people were servers, cooks, and bartenders. They were hardly rich. Probably uninsured as well. They need the money yesterday, not when the lawyers get done with the case. And no, I don't know anybody involved.

Anonymous said...

Workers comp should pay some now? But I agree - donations were voluntary.

Anonymous said...

Something is wrong with anyone who didn't get swept into the emotions of needing to donate to this cause.

Another Midtown Mom said...

Agreed. Kansas City really came to the rescue here and it should be noted that legal victories and insurance take a LONG TIME. For some that money was needed right away. That's something that a lot of people regret.

If I had to do it over again, I would still give.

Anonymous said...

Just another case of a stinking "charity", fucking the people of the area. This seems to happen more often than not.... Give your money to the Salvation Army or not at all...

Anonymous said...

I can't believe someone is wasting their time on this. I am sure the board will offer total transparency. But don't you have something better to scrutinize? I shouldn't even be wasting my time asking that question.

Anonymous said...

Thanks Tony.

You are the only journalist in this area finding any of these stories.

Thank you for your work.

A loyal reader.

When you create the TKC Pay Wall, I will be making a voluntary, private donation. No need to tell me how you spend it.

Anonymous said...

And the lawsuits have started.

Anonymous said...

Scrutinize?? Oh no, don't pay any attention to the man behind the curtain....

Anonymous said...

I don't have much confidence in a blogger who doesn't know the difference between "their" and "they're."

Anonymous said...

Oh, we have a fucking grammar teacher on board.
Fuk auf dik hed!

Anonymous said...

Aren't we supposed to be depending on Government handouts for this kind of thing?

Anonymous said...

Just because someone gave money to a purported charity does not mean that the persons behind the charity cannot be prosecuted if it turns out they fraudulently solicited donations and it turns out they used the money for vacations or activities unrelated to helping out people who were hurt in the JJ's explosion.

Anonymous said...

I knew this stunk from the get go, especially when they were onto multiple fundraisers.

Sal Ammoniac said...

Restaurant management is generally the turf of coke heads and scoundrels...I thought everyone knew that by now.

Anonymous said...

Who went to Bali? Who went on vacation? Where did the money come from?

Anonymous said...

Another fucking by another charity, here in Wonderland, Missouri.

Anonymous said...

No 6:48, something is wrong with EVERYONE who "got swept into the emotions of needing to donate to this cause."

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