Almost only matters in horseshoes and hand grenades!
By: Wiley C Kronkite.
Sometimes the little things do matter. Like the idea of raising money for charitable causes or for your local soccer team. Whether the event is a ticket sale, sandwich sale, or even a major blow out, the factors remains the same in declaring the event a success or not. Selling certain items that were either donated towards the event or raffling the items off for a chance to win them seems to always produce a good outcome. However in the case of the Gettysburg Battlefield Bash, a particular item was stated as making its way into not one event, but two events and still ending up with the CEO Barry family again. Hmmm.
I recently wrote about a hypothetical circumstance that could add quite a twist to the ongoing issues that keep surfacing regarding the “Bash” and the Barry’s. “Talk about stolen valor!” seems to fill my mind when I try to imagine how this event has taken what seemed to be an honest effort to help those who were injured while protecting our country, to a wild attempt in deception using wounded soldiers’ needs to rake in money.
As stated before, there is a certain level of accountability that goes with the responsibilities of overseeing something. When it comes to other people’s money, faith, and trust, you better be ready to stand and be heard if someone inquires about your part of the event. In the case of the Bash 2019 or any of the previous years, the silent auction or drawing winner’s lists were never posted. To add insult to injury, according to statements that passed by my desk, several items over the years never even made it to the silent auction table! There were several inquiries posted on the Bash Facebook page by the silent auction bidders and attendees on who won the items. The Bash Facebook page responded with silence and created a distraction from inquires by using everyone’s pictures and small talk about the Bash’s success.
As you can see, numerous requests were made for donations:
The continued requests for donations without knowing who won the previous years are rather alarming. Still, there are no responses from the Bash Silent Auction Coordinator(s) to the Herald or anyone else so far.
Then the pictures of a certain hand-made quilt knitted especially for the event and paid for by one particular person: This quilt was actually turned in for the 2018 Gettysburg Battlefield Bash. It was set to be won by a raffle drawing (raffle drawings are considered a charitable function) at the conclusion of the Bash. Raffle tickets were sold at $5 each. According to the invisible ledger, all tickets were sold (that makes $2,500.00 profit) in fact, that at least 100 of the 500 tickets actually were purchased, but no winner was announced.
My dear Silent Auction Bidders and Raffle Ticket Holders, some things don’t always make sense. However, things should be clearer now with the below Facebook picture posted a few days later by a Historic Lookout House visitor! Take a good look at that flag blanket on the bed and wondering… I’m sure you figured it out.
This as a silent auction item (in 2019), how did it end up in the possession of the Barry’s once again? Who actually won the quilt? Most importantly, how much did the silent auction bring in? I think that it’s only fair for those in charge and coordinating the silent auction – the “volunteers”- to explain for the Bash. I was notified yesterday that The Paranormal Herald reached out for answers from Ms. Stephanie White – Haggerty, one of the Coordinators (a committee which only had five people attached which included Pam and Steve Barry and Erik Julian). The reply has yielded exactly as I imagined.
A non responsive answer as to the funds missing and the blanket that had been raffled, auctioned, and then stolen, as well as a reply that would be filled with nothing more than a rude dig at the person who was duped out of the $200.00 item (also the same person who was removed from the Bash without reason, except for questioning the benefactor of the event).
This isn’t the first attempt to evade further scrutiny over alleged embezzled funds by this crew. This type of response is nothing less than evasive and what would now be considered to be an attempt to aid in covering up the facts that money is missing.
The exaggerated assumption that the Paranormal Herald threatened or attacked someone in a harassing manner is ludicrous and any accusations of personal attack, never happened.
However Ms. Stephanie White Haggerty did give a response that offered filing charges for harassment. It’s apparent that Ms. White-Haggerty hasn’t the ability to grasp that with her position as a committee group leader carries the responsible for the donated items, as well as the funds collected from the sale. Her replies to desired questions surround the outcome and her partake of the benefit does require her to speak.
Otherwise, her silence can only be seen as being as guilty as the next Bash Crook that refuses to give a truthful answer. If they think this will go way without resolution, they are sadly mistaken. I am only left with questions that require an actual figure related answers. How much over the past three years was actually produced from their efforts of the silent auction and where is a list of items donated, along with a list of the winners and what they paid for the item won? Simple and easy, no tricks, unless of course you’ve got something to hide.
Silence is not golden when your position, your trust, and your honor is on the line. Since it has been explained and testified that there were no wrong doings for these events, tell every reader what they want to know and move on. But, don’t feel that you are untouchable in your actions – being “almost” honest. It will soon haunt you and defiantly hurt you.