Beach Bums and veteran coalition come to agreement
The Grand Traverse Area Veteran Coalition and the Beach Bums have resolved an issue involving allegations that Beach Bum owners, John and Leslye Wuerfel, had withheld fundraising money from the veteran coalition.
The allegations came after a post on the Beach Bums website read that during the 2012 Welcome Home Celebration game that, "Proceeds from the jersey auction as well as from the sale of Beach Bums patriotic hats and t-shirts went to the Grand Traverse Area Veterans Coalition," via the website.
Another post from the 2013 Welcome Home - 4th of July Celebration said, "The Beach Bums players wore special patriotic jerseys that were auctioned off following the game earning almost $3,000 for the local Veterans' Coalition," via the website.
Those posts have since be removed from the Beach Bums website. John Wuerfel said that those statements were posted in error.
Members of the coalition sat down with the Wuerfels on Wednesday and came to the conclusion that the issues were a misunderstanding.
According to John Lefler, the President of the Grand Traverse Area Veteran Coalition, the Wuerfel's said that the Fourth of July games in 2012 and 2013 did not bring in any proceeds for the veteran's coalition.
Lefler says that investigators decided that there was no wrong-doing on the Wuerfel's part.
"I was very pleased with the whole conversation and the outcome of that and they assured us that in the future that they would be quite vigilant on whatever they posted on their website," said Lefler.
Lefler says the coalition is looking forward to continuing to work with the Beach Bums in the future.
For background on the story read: Beach Bums and veteran coalition hoping to solve money dispute