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Mar 24, 2014 11:10 PM by Janine Reyes

Fundraising Money Missing For Charity Event, Organizer Says It's Coming

CORPUS CHRISTI -- Hundreds of people took part in an event last fall that claimed to raise money for a local non-profit group that works with kids in the foster care system.

To this day, the group hasn't seen any of the donated money. Those donations were made during the 2nd annual zombie walk that was held last October.

The event was billed as a fundraiser for CASA of the Coastal Bend. Five months later, CASA executives say they've never received a dime of that money.

The coordinator said he'd get that to them by mid-March or sooner.

They remain hopeful Dean Fritsch will come up with a check and today when we caught up with him, he told us he'd have it cut by Thursday.

"They're going to get their money, its not going to be as much as the previous year, unfortunately, but, there's still going to get the cash, because that's where our heart is," Fritsch told us.

He says he put his business on the line to host the zombie walk. That business is Texas Toys, located inside Moore Plaza.

The problem is the zombie walk happened in October and CASA has not been paid a cent.

"It's been, what, 5 months," we asked Fritsch. "Yeah, I know it's just I'm a one man army, after the zombie walk was over, it's like boom," he told us.

We had Fritsch and CASA representative Diana Booth on our noon show to promote the event.

"We've teamed up, and Dean has so graciously offered to select us as the non profit of choice," Booth said in that interview.

He sold more than two thousand tickets at a cost of $25 to $30, plus tee shirts to promote the event. That's more than $40,000 collected.

But he told us while we're questioning where his donation is, he questioning where CASA money goes.

"You're questioning how much of the money CASA spends on, or how they allocate it or what," we asked Fritsch. "That's always been a question in my mind, I just never pursued it, or just trusted," he said.

We did explain it on the noon show he appeared on.

This is the second year Fritsch has hosted the zombie walk. The first year of the event, he did donate about $8,000 to CASA, he also gave the same amount to the Humane Society.

Even though this year's event nearly doubled in size, and the only charity receiving funds is CASA, he says the donation will be significantly less.

"Going from $8,000 to $2,000 and going from two charities to one, and going from so many walkers up to 2025, there were more participants this year, it doesn't seem to add up," we asked. "Well, like I said, I still got to get, just give me a few more days and I'll talk to you about it," Fritsch replied.

He assured us that although he can't say how much, a donation will be in CASA's hands by the end of the week.

"I'll have it done by Thursday, like I said, we're just waiting on a couple more things," Fritsch said. He promised to call us to let us know when the check is ready.

CASA'S director remains hopeful that this money will be delivered to the charity that helps kids in need in our community.

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