So one of the laborious tasks after being away for a few days is to go through what seems to be the endless stack of mail that accumulates in your mailbox. Not the electronic variety, but the real, 'old fashion' snail mail type. After sale flyer after sale flyer and other junk mail, what do I stumble across? The latest October addition of the Sadler Fan Club newsletter.
I take a minute or two to thumb through it, and see the dribble of 19 cheer leading and glad handling, a bit on Hermie and his "WWE career", a plug for the EA Sports racing game, blah, blah, blah. But tucked away on page 7 are some nice pictures that seem familiar and lo and behold I see an article titled, "Hermie & Elliott Sadler Charitable Foundation" with some sort of 'information' concerning the now infamous Foundation.
The article begins with a brief history of the origins of the Foundation and it's original purpose. Then it proceeded with the Foundation's MISSION STATEMENT. Well now, isn't this a bit of irony? It wasn't long ago when Brett Griffin informed us that "If you are a supporter of Elliott and Hermie then you know what the foundation supports." So if Brett's statement was actually true and not just some form of weak spin, then what is the purpose to 'preach to the choir' in a Fan Club Newsletter? I would think that people that receive this newsletter would be big supporters of Elliott, I guess since Brett felt the need to add this, maybe this is not the case.
As I continue reading there is a review of some of the Foundation events from the past. From Bowl-a-thons, Hoops for Hope, and even the Race for Hope events are mentioned with of course the obligatory, 'look at me' approach to how much money was raised, even though the Foundation's tax records don't reflect even close to those figures.
Now, just as I said in a few previous blogs concerning this topic, I am not saying that there is any mis-appropriations of funds that the Foundation actually receives, but the more press releases Brett and his Sadler PR machine makes, the more question arise.
For example, this sentence caught my eye only because I have seen previous Foundation year's Form 990 tax returns. "May 21, 2003: M&MS Hoops for Hope, a charity basketball game between Nascar stars and media personalities, raised over $45,000." Once again, it is time we take a visit to www.Guidestar.org and review just what the Foundation claimed for the 2003 year. Scrolling down to page 6, and reading "part VII: Analysis of Income-Producing Activities". There is only ONE event listed and that was the Bowl-a-thon, and that event raised $32,077. Where is the Hoops for Hope? We all know it did indeed take place, and from other press releases of that time, we know that the funds raised went to the Autism Society of America, but the question now is, Just what was the Foundation's involvement? According to their LEGAL and SWORN tax returns, their involvement was ZERO. More importantly, the Foundation's form 990 tax return states that only $29,902.00 was donated to "other organizations", and that money came from the Bowl-a-thon.
Now some may think I am splitting hairs here, but this only shows the duping the Sadler PR machine is involved with recently. Yes, both Hermie and Elliott (and probably the rest of the Sadler Family as well) were heavily involved in the Hoops for Hope, and also were a huge influence for the event's success, but to claim that this was a "Foundation event" and to not show ANY legal revenue or expenses from this event is simply not telling the truth and could be considered unlawful. And that pattern of deception continues to grow faster than Pinocchio's nose! Where is the Blue Fairy when you need her?
I guess since the Foundation's fund raising efforts was almost non existent in 2005 (only receiving $4618.00, and that was in the form of private donations), then the 'Sadler PR machine' feels the need to embellish previous event facts and figures to help continue the 'look at us and what we have done' syndrome. What one has done in the past is fine and a worthy thing, having to voice about it with continual inconsistencies is the problem.
"You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you cannot fool all of the people all of the time." P.T. Barnum
It is sort of funny though, I have been happy to comply with reasonable recent requests by a specific PR/spotter, but there has been a gross failure to reciprocate. But on the other hand, it is becoming more clear each day that blogs like these are indeed making an impact, and that can only be a good thing.
The saga continues.