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Apr 15, 2014 10:34 PM by Janine Reyes

Corpus Christi Zombie Walk Organizer Misses Another Deadline

CORPUS CHRISTI -- There are still a lot of unanswered questions tonight about some money raised and donated to CASA of the Coastal Bend.

Dean Fritsch, the owner of Texas Toyz in Moore Plaza organized the Corpus Christi Zombie Walk last fall and claimed the event would raise money for CASA.

But many have questioned how much he raised and what percentage made it to charity.

No one really knows those figures, except for Dean Fritsch. He told us Tuesday he does not intend to provide those numbers to us. He said that he will give the information to CASA, but, he's got a business to run and not a lot of time to gather those figures.

The walk happened back in October, 6 months ago now.

It started October 2013 when at least hundreds of walkers took to Shoreline to participate in the second annual Corpus Christi Zombie Walk.

Zombies were not the only reason people paid for the event. Another attraction was the benefit to a local charity, CASA of the Coastal Bend, they help provide support to kids in foster care.

"We've teamed up, and Dean has so graciously offered to select us as the non profit of choice, so part of the benefits will benefit us," said Diana Booth with CASA during an interview on the KRIS 6 Noon show promoting the event.

Five months after the event and after some KRIS 6 coverage of the lack of a donation and accounting for the event, Dean Fritsch walks in a check to CASA for $4,000 on March 28th. That's when he promised an accounting the following Monday, March 31st. It's now two weeks later and with no financial documents provided, we decided to check in with Dean.

"CASA got $4,000, we lost $6,000," Fritsch told us, "you want to know the truth, we lost $6,000 on the event, I'm not proud of it."

Fritsch tells us 1100 walkers participated. They anticipated 2500 and that made the event a loss for his company, Texas Toyz. But, he has no documentation to show that, and did not give us a total on sponsorships contributions either.

He now says we won't get that, because we've twisted the facts in our coverage.

"In fairness, I don't think it was twisted but if there's something you think I left out, can you tell me what it was," asked reporter Janine Reyes.

"No," Fritsch replied, "I don't even want to talk to you anymore, its just like, you're evil."

He showed us a pile of shirts from the walk. Fritsch says 2500 were ordered and more than a thousand are left over. He calls that proof the walk did not bring in the crowd anticipated.

But, he had a different story to tell when we interviewed him last month. "The walk was bigger this year than last year, right," Reyes asked Fritsch on March 24th. "Yeah, yeah it was bigger this year, there were a lot more expenses too, we did a lot more advertising too," Fritsch replied during that interview.

Without the financial documentation, and proof of participants, and sponsorships it's hard to tell just how money this event raised or lost.

"You're guessing, you have no facts," Fritsch told us Tuesday.

"That's what we're asking you for," Reyes replied.

"Yeah, and if you want to get facts, you set up an appointment instead of going out there and slamming me on the air like you did," said Fritsch.

"You set a time two Mondays ago to give facts, you said you would give us the facts on Monday," Reyes told Fritsch.

"I'm done," Fritsch replied, "I gave you what you need, they got more than they needed that's done."

We did the math on the costs to take part in the walk and donations from sponsors. It adds up to $29,000 minimum coming in. But, we don't know the expenses to the organizer. Again, CASA if the Coastal Bend has only received a $4,000 donation.


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