East-West Shine Game - Who Benefits?
The 84th East West Shrine Game was televised on ESPN2 Saturday January 18 2009 at 3:00 PM from the University of Houston's Robertson Stadium.
The East West website claims that the game raises money for the hospitals.
According to a January 12, 2009 press release:
"The football match-up, which began in 1925, features many of the best college players in the nation divided by region, but coming together to raise money for Shriners Hospitals for Children, an international health care system of 22 hospitals across North America."
Writes Sandy Frost, author of her just released book, Shriners' Shame:The Dark Side of The Worlds Greatest Philanthropy: "I wanted to find out how much money the game actually raised for the hospitals.
"I sent email requests on July 8, August 11 and November 23, 2008 to executive director Jack Hart, asking for the East West Shrine Game's 1023 and nonprofit tax returns for the past three years.
"After the first 30 day deadline passed, I emailed Hart to find out why my request remained unanswered.
"He said he never got it, though I used the same email address that's on the East West website and that I needed to send another request.
"So, after two more unanswered requests, for a total of three over a five month period, a December 3, 2008 email brought this and other concerns to the attention of Imperial Potentate Douglas Maxwell, Chairman of the Board of Trustees Ralph Semb and Director of Corporate Public Relations Alicia Aargiz-Lyons.
"To date, no response from any of them.
"Through Guidestar.org I was able to download the East West Shrine Game tax returns for 2002, 2003 and 2004.
"According to these tax returns, the game's exempt purpose is to raise money for Shriners Hospitals for Children.
"These returns show that the game not only failed to raise any money for the hospitals but instead lost:
"-$192,000 in 2001
"-$618,984 in 2002
"-$805,621 in 2003
"-$321,975 in 2004
"That's a loss of $1,938,580 over four years.
"The 2003 return reports an $834,833 loan from a related entity, either the Imperial Council AAONMS or Shriners Hospitals for Children and a $69,345 line of credit, for a liability of $904,178.
"The 2004 tax return reports that Shriners Hospitals for Children converted a short term debt of $729,531 to a 'contribution.'
"The Shriners Hospitals for Children 2004 tax return fails to report this 'contribution' or affiliation with the East West Shrine Game.
"Though the East West tax return discloses Hart's expenses, the Shriners' tax returns consistently list $0 for expenses on behalf of the hospitals' 21 directors, officers and trustees, giving the appearance that these individuals pay their own way to attend functions like the East West Shrine Game without reimbursement.
"This is another bone of contention alluded to in the above-mentioned internal Shriner investigation report."
Shriners’ Shame investigates allegations of crime and corruption associated with the red-Fezzed fraternity best known for their $8 billion network of 22 non profit hospitals that provide free medical care to burned and crippled children.
Embezzlement, tax fraud, human trafficking,
sex parties, and more
Shriners’ Shame is available through Dandelion Books,
Amazon Kindle and Sandy Frost’s and Dandelion’s blogs, lenses and ezines. It is distributed through Ingram Digital Group to fictionwise.com, powells.com, eBooks.com and other Ingram ebook retailers.
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