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Aurora theater shooting: Victims' families say they have no voice about donations

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Update below: Eleven families who lost loved ones in the Aurora theater shooting came together for a news conference today, during which they cast blame on an organization called the Colorado Organization for Victim Assistance and Governor John Hickenlooper.

They say they have not had any voice in the disbursement of more than $5 million collected in donations from the public and corporations.

In an event at the Summit Convention and Conference Center that stretched from 11 a.m. this morning to early afternoon, nearly twenty family members of victims told reporters that the organization overseeing the funds has a committee with no victim representation.

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Tom Teves, right
"We want the public to know what has been going on behind the scenes in regards to the funds that have been raised using the names and faces of our loved ones, supposedly on their behalf," said Tom Teves, father of victim Alex Teves and the first speaker at the event. He explained that an organization called Giving First began collecting millions of dollars within days of the shooting for the Aurora theater victims.

"To date, Giving First has collected over $5 million," he said. "We thank everyone for giving, and quite frankly, we are humbled by the generosity of the American public.

"We are certain that everyone who donated their hard earned wages intended for 100 percent of their donations to go directly to the victims," he continued, "and then each family affected would use those funds for what they most need to help their healing process. Unfortunately, that doesn't seem to be the case."

Continue reading for more on the news conference held by families of Aurora theater shooting victims.



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my2cents
my2cents

Don't these families have enough to deal with, without more being lumped on them... geesh.

Dennis Scott
Dennis Scott

How the funds are distributed should be decided by an independent group of community members, not the beneficiaries of the fund. The funds should be distributed with full transparency to the whole community and distributed to make the greatest impact on those who should properly benefit from the funds. And let's be real here: that means that some victims and their families will not be happy. But just because they are unhappy does not mean the funds have not been properly distributed. There won't be enough to go around so someone is gonna be pissed in any event.

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

If this money was collected under a 501-C3 / Non-Profit ,

law dictates at least %18 of all proceeds collected ,

must reach reach intent of donator.

The other %82 , can be covered under 'over-head' & operating costs.

Remember the early issues w/ 911' & United Way . Artists were

horrified when after telling American tv audiences ALL money received

would go to victims and when in fact it wasn't even close.....

I volunteer regularly. Rarely do I donate cash unless it is private an goes DIRECTLY to intended source...

 

Lydina Aragon
Lydina Aragon

I pray conviction over all their hearts & Souls! :(

Erica Rosenthal
Erica Rosenthal

Not even a little bit surprised but it's still sad to hear

Erica Rosenthal
Erica Rosenthal

Not even a little bit surprised but it's still sad to hear

Tracy Strode
Tracy Strode

I wouldn't even be surprised in the least bit if most of it wound up in a Rmoney account in the Caymans to be honest.....

Tracy Strode
Tracy Strode

Figures. Who's not a corrupt piece of shit these days though?

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