11 Call For Action Investigation: Charities wait weeks for ticket sales money

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - Update:

Only 11 News reported about a man hired to sell online tickets for a charity event but had not given any of the money to the charity. After our story aired on Tuesday, another well known local charity told 11 News the same thing happened to them. It's the Bob Telmosse Foundation.

Thousands of local families benefit from the Bob Telmosse Christmas Giveaway every year. It's all made possible by toy drives and events the foundation puts on to fundraise for the presents and turkey dinners given out to families in need.

"There's no requirements [for the Giveaway]. The only thing that has to happen is there has to be a child there," said Todd Garcia, a Board Member of the Bob Telmosse Foundation.

He helped organize one of their recent fundraising events called "Tennis for Toys." Garcia hired Joe Harmon, creator of Good Karma Registration, to make a website to collect online ticket sales.

Garcia said the online ticket sales for the event raised nearly $600.

"It was right around the end of September, Joe just stopped communicating. It was email, text, his phone became full and I couldn't leave a message and he just wasn't getting back to us," said Garcia, "then he finally would get back to us and it was two or three weeks down the road."

Tennis for Toys was held on November 5. When 11 News spoke to Garcia Wednesday evening he had not received a response from Harmon about collecting ticket sales in weeks.

When Garcia saw 11 News' initial report about the charity Just Be Colorado, that also hadn't seen ticket money from Harmon, he was shocked.

"You always run across people who have problems, I mean it's part of life. But to not communicate, that's the hardest thing and when it's a charity, it's twice as bad," said Garcia.

Right now the Bob Telmosse Foundation is focusing on buying turkeys for the dinners they give out during the Christmas Giveaway.

"We spend about $8,000 in a Christmas cycle for turkeys so [the ticket sales] would pay off almost one-eighth of our thing," said Garcia.

11 News stopped by Harmon's house again Tuesday night.

"Could you have gotten in touch with them and let them know there was going to be a delay?" asked 11 News Reporter Danielle Kreutter.

"It's been a horrible month, I apologized to them and I've paid Eden [the sponsor for a Just Be charity event] at 5:20 p.m. and for the other ones I just wrote the check 30 minutes ago," said Harmon.

11 News checked with Just Be Colorado and their sponsor, Eden Salon and Barbershop, told us a check was dropped off but the numerical amount and the written amount did not match.

We'll keep you updated on the payment to both of the charities.

Previous Coverage: November 15, 2016

A local charity told 11 News they have not seen a penny from a man who sold online tickets for their event.

Joe Harmon and his company, Good Karma Registration, was hired to set up a website that facilitated the online ticket sales for a fundraising fashion and hair show event held last month. Organizers said the agreement was for all of the proceeds for the event to go to Just Be Colorado while Harmon would keep 3 percent of each online ticket price.

"We host fundraisers and events in hopes that donations come in and we give those donations to women or children, anybody who is currently battling or fighting cancer," said Cheerish Martin, a co-founder of Just Be Colorado, "They can use any of those funds for things like medical bills, spa days, day care activities, medication, anything they may have in that time of need."

Martin helped organize the event with event sponsor, Lindsey Livingston.

"I thought maybe it would be a good outreach to have online sales and share that link," said Livingston, owner of Eden Salon and Barbershop.

Harmon was recommended to Livingston by a friend and initially she said there were no issues when the website was created.

"All the funds [from ticket sales] could either funnel into a Paypal of mine or he could set up an account and release the funds to me once the event was final. After that I tried to get in touch with him to see how I linked my Paypal account. He just brushed it off to the side," Livingston said.

"The first thing we wanted to do is make sure we contacted him as many times as possible. We understand that things do happen in certain family instances or emergencies do happen. We were just asking for any form of communication," said Martin.

For the last several weeks following the event, Livingston said calls, texts and emails to Harmon have gone unanswered. The charity still hasn't seen the hundreds of dollars in online ticket sales that was meant for the organization.

"It's heartbreaking, truly, this isn't something that we do for money for ourselves. This is something that belongs to somebody else and that's one less or two less or three less people that we're able to help," said Martin.

Calls and emails sent to Harmon from 11 News were not answered after a few days. When our reporter went to Harmon's home, he admitted that he has not paid the charity their money. He declined an interview but said he had been dealing with "family issues" and said he did not have an excuse why he hasn't been responding to the charity. Harmon also told 11 News he "wasn't as professional" as he should have been.

Harmon told 11 News he would be putting a check in the mail to the charity Wednesday morning. We will keep you updated.