Geary County Children's Choir
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Biscuit/Gravy fundraiser on January 17th, 2015 from 7am to 1030 am at the Eagles Hall, located at 203 East 10th St in Junction City, KS. Advance tickets are $5 and $6 at the door.
The students performed excellent and on their way home a stop at Braum's for a single scoop for each choir student in Newton, Kansas .
We thank each and every one who are helping make the dreams of performing in Colorado Springs, Co, a true possibility for each of our members.
With your donations and those of Hutton Construction, The Fraternal Order of The Eagles Aerie 830 and other local businesses, we were able to make our 1st installment payment and are still fundraising daily.
Thank you for your continuing support, and we will keep you posted to our progress.
I have uploaded another wonderful video of the choir this is of warms ups for the KMEA Performance. ENJOY
Geary County Children's Choir scrambling to recuperate lost funds
By Chase Jordan Reporter for The Daily Union, Junction City, Kansas
For an entire year, members of the Geary County Children's Choir raised money with hopes of traveling to Colorado Springs. But their summertime journey to the Centennial State maybe in jeopardy. According to Geary County Children's Choir Greg Gooden, Glen Irwin, the former business manager for the organization, allegedly embezzled $10,000. After a recent investigation by the Junction City Police Department, Irwin was charged with felony theft. A criminal complaint was filed Thursday with the Geary County District Court. The complaint alleges Irwin, between Jan. 2013 and December 2013,was involved in the theft of undeposited money from the owner, the Geary County Children'sChoir. "It's a shock to the kids because they spent a lot of hours fundraising," Director Greg Gooden said. "It's sad someone would take money from children.That's really what he
did." A couple of those of those activities included selling candy bars and performing throughout
town. The money would also pay for necessities such as transportation,snacks and meals.
Irwin was a member of the fundraising committee for three years. Gooden said he was a
trustworthy individual who served as business manager for only one year."Obviously, that's where the problem occurred," Gooden said about his prior access to the funds. The total cost of the trip
is $35,000. They were unable to make the first January payment of more than $8,000 due to the theft. "Prior to Christmas vacation, we noticed there was money missing and I questionedhim through emails and texts," Gooden said. "He finally agreed to meet with us and he lied to us." Those lies involved Irwin needing the money for liver cancer, according to Gooden. Choir leaders asked for proof of his medical condition,but no official documents were provided. "We found out he wasn't sick," Gooden said. "We decided it was time to go forth and turn him in." Gooden was told the money would be replaced by Jan. 13, with more to add on top of it. But that never happened. "We may get some of that
back with restitution, but that may be a long process," he said. Now, the choir is scrambling
trying to replace those funds for the performance tour. Some of the scheduled stops include
Pikes Peak, Garden of the Gods and Cave of the Winds. "We're not cancelling the trip right now,"
he said. "We're hoping that we can do this. But $8,000 is a bighole right now." Every two years,
the choir plans a major tour after the school year ends. In June 2012, the ensemble travelled to
Branson, Mo. Along with performances, those trips also provide educational opportunities.
"We call ourselves the musical ambassadors of Junction City," Gooden said. "When we go to different places like Colorado Springs, we're representing the community." The choir consists of 60 members and performs regularly in various sites in the community. Despite the financial setback and shock, the children are still rehearsing. The children are scheduled to perform at a gathering for Kansas Music Educators Association (KMEA) in February. "I'm not sure that they really understand everything that's going on," Gooden said. "They're hanging in there and I told them we're going to stay positive and work through this." Outside of fundraising, each child already paid $250 for the trip. GCCC was granted an extension with a double payment due in May. The next payment to the tour company is due in February. Gooden thanks the community for their financial support, but said the need is greater now. "We're hoping that the community will help us out," Gooden said. If the Colorado trip is not
possible, Gooden said the choir is still going to make a smaller travel plan. "We're going to go on and
make the best we can out of this situation," Gooden said. "I've got a good group of kids that's going to give an awesome performance at KMEA and hopefully in Colorado," Gooden said.