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Mar 27, 2014 11:23 PM by Janine Reyes

CASA Still Waiting for Zombie Walk Donation Check

CORPUS CHRISTI -- A local charity that helps kids in the foster care system has been waiting for money from a fundraiser held in October.

The Corpus Christi Zombie Walk fundraiser was organized by Texas Toys owner Dean Fritsch.

When we asked him Monday why he hasn't forwarded a donation check to CASA of the Coastal Bend here's what he told us. "I'll have it done by Thursday, like I said, we're just waiting on a couple more things." We gave Fritsch our number, and did not get a call from him today. CASA did not get their money.

We tried tracking down Fritsch today, but only got him to respond to text messages.

He says the check will be presented to CASA Monday now, but we still have no idea how much they raised, how much he's donating or even how many walkers exactly the event had.

Committee members for the CCZW don't have that information either.

Back in October zombies took over the bayfront for a good cause.

But now, five months later, that good cause is still waiting on their check.

CASA'S wondering where the donation is, they don't even know how much to expect.

"There's nothing shady about it and I feel bad, I really wish I had a full time committee, I should have like four or five people in here running this operation," Dean Fritsch told us.

He told us he was a one man army, doing it all on his own, but tell that to Corpus Christi Zombie Walk committee member Loren Leilani Rock.

"There was a committee, it consisted 5 of us total," Rock said.

She says Fritsch left the committee in the dark, not providing them with a budget, attendance numbers, or tee shirt sales and other sources of revenue.

Rock has organized similar events and says she can only estimate the amount of costs at $10,000 or so.

And with the support of CASA of the Coastal Bend, donations came in in the thousands.

"There was a lot of in kind and there was a lot of sponsors involved, and media sponsors and I think that's where people should be a little upset," Rock said.

In fact they came on our noon show because of their affiliation with CASA.

"I own Texas Toys, that's where we sell the actual tickets for the walk, that's kind of the foundation for the walk or how we started this whole thing," Fritsch said back in October.

The whole thing is now an unknown, in text messages with Fritsch today he could not tell us how many walkers participated, how much the event cost, or how much it raised.

Monday he said the check would be $2,000 to $3,000 and as not only a committee member, but also a sponsor, Rock says, that's disappointing. Rock Engineering contributed cash and paid for the DJ and photo booth as donations for the event.

"I may as well just have wrote the check to CASA," Rock said. "You gave $2,500?" we asked. "Yeah, and get rid of the stress that I had of the planning stages," Rock replied.

Fritsch feels we've gone out of our way to make him look bad. We did call him today. We also went by his business, Texas Toys and visited the warehouse. He would only communicate with us by text and refused our offer to meet in person, even though he set the Thursday deadline with us at the beginning of the week. We'll check back Monday to let you know if CASA received their donation.

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