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Seems to me the entire board

Seems to me the entire board is at fault by means of negligence. For as long as the organization has been operating the board has had access to the banking information via the treasurer. My understanding is the treasurer closed the accounts in the first place which means he had access and could have prevented further funds being disbursed. Whenever I attended an SOC event, I could see the board doing more fraternizing and drinking than actually running the events while volunteers handled everything else. It's a darn shame because the charity did to a lot for the families of East County and then some. Unfortunately, the people at the helm while good intentioned just didn't have the business sense to run such an organization credibly. While your article is focused on it's founder, I feel it's a bit bias to not look at the rest of the board and their own roles played in this fiasco.

Seems to me the entire board

Seems to me the entire board is at fault by means of negligence. For as long as the organization has been operating the board has had access to the banking information via the treasurer. My understanding is the treasurer closed the accounts in the first place which means he had access and could have prevented further funds being disbursed. Whenever I attended an SOC event, I could see the board doing more fraternizing and drinking than actually running the events while volunteers handled everything else. It's a darn shame because the charity did to a lot for the families of East County and then some. Unfortunately, the people at the helm while good intentioned just didn't have the business sense to run such an organization credibly. While your article is focused on it's founder, I feel it's a bit bias to not look at the rest of the board and their own roles played in this fiasco.

Hello and thank you for your

Hello and thank you for your feedback. Please refer back to the first article and see how the board members I interviewed assumed responsibility. The follow up focuses on who spent the money in the account and on what kind of expenses. No personal opinion is included, as this is an investigation considering facts only, not an editorial. Please feel free to email me at AnaNita1199@gmail.com if you have any proof that the treasurer closed any of the accounts. SOC had an accountant as well who later resigned along with everyone else. If you'd read the article above, you'd see she refused to offer any information.
And Nita

A true pirate, needs his rum.

A true pirate, needs his rum. :-) Sam was always such a delightful person and made everyon laugh. He was loved dearly by all that knew him, however, even pirates have expenses and he seemed to be putting in endless hours to this charity to make it what it is. I truly feel that he should have been given or gifted a certain contracted amount bimonthly for certain expenses. In the future, you can’t expect him to dress up all the time and be at every event or office visitation without a small gifted amount. It seems he was doing all the footwork and making his image his brand and he should have been given something such as an expense allotment for that. He also needs to now make reasonable payment to repay the monies removed without permission. Without him you will never get any more donations so the charity needs his image to make it all happen.

Every pirate needs their rum

Every pirate needs their rum ??? If Sam had expenses he should have gone to the SOC board for approval BEFORE he spent the money. And once you start messing with tax returns you are now involving the government.

When I began reading this

When I began reading this comment I thought it was some horrible joke, but as I read on I realized you were serious. In what world is stealing money from families with children that have cancer excusable? If these articles are accurate, and I believe they are, this is a crime. The head of this charity stole over eleven thousand dollars that was donated to go exclusively to sick children, and used it to have a good time. As far as your suggestion that he should be able to make "reasonable payment to repay the monies removed without permission. That idea is completely laughable. How about if we give bank robbers the option to give the money back and have the crime forgiven? How about if we give burglars the chance to put the TV back into the house where they took it from, and let them go free. As to your last line about the charity needing Sam. No place in this area will touch him when the truth about what he's done comes out. Most civilized people take a dim view of people that steal from kids with cancer. This man took a worthy cause and used it as his own personal piggy bank. If these allegations are true I hope they prosecute him to the fullest extent of the law. I'm sure an east county jury won't think that a true pirate needs his rum. What is it that they did with pirates when they got caught? I'm sure you can answer that question for yourself.

Hello and thank you for your

Hello and thank you for your feedback. Based on the charity's bylaws, no board member was supposed to get paid and everyone was a volunteer. 100% of the donations were supposed to go directly to the families affected. While I appreciate your opinion. I have to point out that there were countless volunteers who worked very hard for this organization. This was not an one man show. I witnessed at least one of their fundraising events and it no way was it possible to be the result of just one person's efforts.
And Nita

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