Holy Terror Days does not furnish books

By Leslie Silverman

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Holy Terror Day Association (HTDA) did not furnish its books as some members had promised at its most recent meeting.

In an effort to be transparent, Casey McNulty said the books were handed over to an accountant “to do a financial review as far back as we would go. It will have an official accountant seal when they are done with it.”

The group claims its records were submitted to Ketel Thorstenson, an accounting firm. A call to the firm could not verify nor deny those claims.

The group did take full responsibility for not having its books in order but could not answer what Social Security number or EIN number the HTDA bank account is under at First Interstate Bank.

According to the IRS website, an EIN number is “an Employer Identification Number (EIN) is also known as a Federal Tax Identification Number, and is used to identify a business entity.” The website also states that EIN numbers are required for nonprofit organizations. First Interstate’s website states that a Social Security number is required to open a checking account.

When asked whose EIN or Social Security number is on the HTDA bank account Sandi McLain stated, “It’s actually the old number, it’s been given to the accountant himself. The old number the original organization was filed under.”

According to the IRS website the organization has never been filed as a nonprofit nor ever obtained an EIN number.

McNulty added, “there’s not a personal EIN number or a Social Security on that account. It is done on the original IRS forms that we got in 2007 when the organization was formed.”

HTDA members were asked about the process of its donations to community members and the records the public could see to verify these donations

“There’s a statement form that whoever is requesting the money has to fill out and it gives us what they’re using it for, the amount they’re requesting if they’ve asked for funds in the last year and then they just write how it will be useful and how they plan on giving back to the community for receiving that,” McNulty said.

It is an evolving process, according to Tammy Hunsaker, HDTA board member, and the organization has not been “meticulous.”

“The stories are supposed to be private just through our organization,”’ said board member Patty Songstad. However, the organization did say that its minutes would reflect monies allocated for families in need but did not provide the minutes for the public to view at this meeting.

“I could definitely make them available,” McNulty said. However, come press time they were not available.

The only items available for the public was a list entitled, “Do you know what Holy Terror Days Money pays for in this community,” a written statement and the formal resignation of Gideon Oakes. The statement reads, “Holy Terror Days Association does take responsibility for our shortcomings and our poor ‘paperwork.’ Bank statements have always been provided at our open meetings and we have always encouraged members of the community to attend. HTDA has put over $100,000 into our community through our good-will efforts.”

The statement also states the group and or The Haunting has won “countless” awards for its marketing plan and volunteerism.

As for sponsorship of the Haunting, the HTDA’s most profitable event, members explained that sponsors contribute some sort of service for promoting the event usually in the form of advertising.

Yet further in the discussion it was stated by McNulty that $13,000 was spent on advertising for The Haunting.

“I can give you rough figures of where the money went,” McNulty said. “We’ll have final figures when the accountant is done. We made $82,000. We have put roughly, I’m doing a little bit of rounding as our accountant is trying to finalize everything, about $28,000 in expenses this year alone. We have $13,000 in advertising above that. That would have brought us to $41,000 and we have $39,000 in the account.”

The Haunting of Keystone website states that “All proceeds go to the Holy Terror Association for charitable projects in the Keystone area.”

When asked the dollar amount The Haunting brought in over the last five years McNulty said, “in the last five years, well over $100,000. Well over $150,000.”

However, based on an email from Sandi McLain to the Keystone Historical Society treasurer Bonnie Zebrowski the amount in 2018 alone would be $88,000.

“It was 10 percent,” said McLain. “Actually on this form, which I can’t pass this form around because it does have the assistance on here,  if you want to look there is the $7,800 that’s on here that was given to the museum that was March 7, 2018. And also $8,200 that was given and it’s always based on the gross amount that we took in at The Haunting,” said Mclain.

Meaning in 2018 the haunting took in $82,000. To date no financial records or meeting minutes have been released to the press.

In a separate text sent on July 25  McNulty states, “if you would have asked for proof of the checks for the museum I have them.”

At the date of this publication those checks have yet to produced.

In addition McNulty added, “Once this process is complete we will have all the records and will be very transparent with them. But in the meantime we have no further comment.” The text is signed, “respectfully yours, The Holy Terror Days Association Board.”

Kwinn Neff asked if the HTDA has a tax return that it filed. That question was never answered.

“I’ve asked questions for years and never got any answers,” Neff said. “We’re giving you guys a huge platform to tell us what you do.”

In lieu of a response Neff was asked questions and discussion erupted about the “stealing” of the Holy Terror Days’ name.

“I’ve been on the Keystone ambulance for many years,” said Ruthy Frasier. “And anybody could have walked into our meeting and they could have had what funding we were doing, where our money was going, what was coming in. I think that’s what everybody is asking. Where are your records? Everybody who ever came into a meeting was handed that. It wasn’t secretive. It was something you walked up to the meeting everybody got a handout of everything that was going in and was going out. People have questions. Why are the seniors citizens having to borrow money from somebody when all this money is in our community? That’s what people want to know.”

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