Sportscaster Don Tollefson Questioned About Charity
Former Philadelphia sportscaster Don Tollefson is being questioned about donations made to his charity in exchange for tickets to Philadelphia Eagles games.
Police in Warminster, Pennsylvania are investigating complaints that he auctioned off a trip including tickets during a Wounded Warrior fundraiser at $4,500 but never produced the prize according to WCAU TV.
Organizars of the Officer Brad Fox Foundation 5K Run in the Bucks County community say Tollefson promised them half the proceeds from auctioning off ticket packages but to date has not come up with the cash to the group. “We want to note we have not received any donations from Don Tollefson,’ posted the group on their Facebook page.
There are also questions about why the charge to a credit card account of the winning bidder of was to “Winning Ways Education” and not “Wounded Warriors.”
Tollefson blamed a “change in leadership” at the Eagles for a lack of tickets. Management for the Eagles also expressed their concern to Tollefson about the situation and told WCAU TV, “To be clear, the Philadelphia Eagles do not have any affiliation with Mr. Tollefson and he was not authorized to use our trademarked logo.”
Tollefson broadcast Eagles games in 2011 and 2012.Tollefson told the Times-Herald he has been auctioning off for the past 15 years but recently they “weren’t held up to the standard they had been before. I made a personal decision not to do them this year.”
“Some people paid for the tickets through Pay-pal and are asking to be reimbursed through a credit card and others paid for more than one person for the trip,” he explained to the suburban Philadelphia newspaper, “so I’m working out who should be paid back.”