On Nov. 15 and 16, Streetsboro Family Days, in partnership with Stringz & Wingz, hosted a fundraising concert for the family of Sonny Geraci, a longtime performer at the summer festival.
The concert went well, according to Streetsboro Family Days Founder Chuck Kocisko, raising more than $28,860 for Geraci's family, which hopes to use the money to defray medical costs incurred when the lead singer for The Outsiders experienced an aneurysm about 18 months ago.
However, Streetsboro Family Days hasn't received the money from Stringz & Wingz Owner "Chef" Bill Thompson, who collected funds at the event, said Kocisko.
"In the weeks that followed, Bill would return my calls and/or emails with excuses and 'no-shows' to previously scheduled on-site meetings to collect monies," said Kocisko.
Thompson said he plans to pay about $23,860 to Streetsboro Family Days Jan. 3, which is the total less $4,796 in costs he said he had originally planned to donate but now will not.
Kocisko said he would not pursue charges if he receives a check for $23,860 Jan. 3.
Kocisko filed a police report with the Streetsboro Police Department Dec. 30, alleging that Thompson hasn't turned the money over, according to Streetsboro Police Lt. Darin Powers.
Powers said the matter is "under investigation." Only a portion of the report was available as of deadline because the entire report was not yet "approved," according to Powers.
Powers said he isn't sure yet what, if any, charges may be filed.
Thompson said there was no written contract between Streetsboro Family Days and him or Stringz & Wingz outlining responsibilities in the fundraiser, and no deadline to pay the money back had been set.
The reason Thompson said it's taken a long time to pay the non-profit back is because PayPal put a three-week hold on about 300 transactions by people paying online for tickets to the two-day concert.
"It took me six weeks to account for everything," said Thompson.
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