Charity Accused of Not Sharing Funds Raised for Families of 19 Slain Firefighters
In late June 2013, the Yarnell Hill Wildfire claimed the lives of 19 firefighters, all members the Prescott, Ariz. Granite Mountain Hotshots. It was the deadliest wildland fire for firefighters since 1933, and the highest death toll in a single day for firefighters since 9/11.
In the years since, a host of charitable events have been held for the firefighters' families—including a crossfit event that's raised more than $330,000 to date, T-shirt-sale fundraisers and charity golf tournaments.
But not all of those events have paid off—or paid out, according to a new report from The Arizona Republic. Via the news site:
Prescott Firefighter Charities is asking a Phoenix nonprofit to stop using the Granite Mountain Hotshots' logo after it held two golf tournament fundraisers without giving any money yet to the families of the 19 fallen firefighters.
The Arizona Foundation for Charitable Support hasn't yet distributed funds from a 2014 golf tournament held in Prescott and a similar event held last month at the Talking Stick Golf Club in Scottsdale.
According to the paper, the Arizona Foundation for Charitable Support raised less than $2,000 in funds for the families, as the pair of golf tournaments failed to cover operating costs. The charity also used the Granite Mountain Hotshots' logo without permission at its most recent tournament, after obtaining the rights for its 2014 event only.
For its part, the charity seems willing to cooperate. Tournament organizer Ben S. Schaub told The Arizona Republic he would stop using the logo and that he had received only a single request for funds from the firefighters' families, but the charity would distribute the entire $2,000 if requested.