Yuma Jaycees accused of misleading community of charitable funds

Yuma Jaycees accused of misleading community of charitable funds

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Yuma--The Yuma Jaycees are accused of misleading the community paying only part of the monies raised for a local charity.

But board members said they will eventually pay all of the money.

Darci Peralta, former co-chairwoman of the Yuma Jaycees said profits raised from the tough enough to wear pink rodeo in 2011 weren't delivered as promised.

Peralta said the Jaycees presented a check for $8,050 to the Yuma Breast and Cervical Cancer coalition but only half of it was paid.

"They said it went to bills," Peralta said.

Her accusations were proven right during a recent Jaycees meeting.

"So it was either no more rodeo ever again, we pay off the debt and go into debt with the bill collectors or we give the coalition as much money as we could," a board member said.

Members continued raising questions and concerns about the missing $4,000.

One board member said they're working on it.

They said as soon as they have the money they will eventually pay it.

Peralta believes the issue is being swept under the rug every time the topic is brought up.

Amanda Aguirre, CEO for the Regional Center for Border Health confirmed the Jaycees vouched to give the coalition $8,050 in 2011.

She says to this day only half of it has been paid.

Aguirre said she's very appreciative of the money received but has not heard from them about if or when they'll get the rest.

Another member at the meeting, brought up concerns to the board about how this will affect the organizations fundraising reputation.

KSWT News 13 reached out to Yuma Jaycees president Gwen Roach for comment but our calls have gone unanswered.

 

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