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Multifest wants donors to make sure they get letters

By Staff reports

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Any person or organization representative who has presented checks or cash to this year's Multifest since June should have received a letter from the festival's business office thanking them for their support and acknowledging the amount of funds received.

If such a letter is not received by Aug. 14, organizations or people doing business with Multifest are urged to call the Gray Griffith & Mays CPA firm at 304-345-9400 and ask to speak with Danny Blair, Tonya Mellinger or Laura Pauley.

When calling, organizations or individuals should have copies of checks or receipts showing the amount of money involved and the date it was sent. Blair, Mellinger or Pauley will then research the reason such a letter was not received.

"It's one of the things we're doing to help bring forth transparency," Blair said of the letters of acknowledgement from Multifest. "It's a control. After money gets in the bank, it's pretty easy to track. A potential problem area is money that doesn't make it into the bank."

Gray Griffith & Mays was hired by Multifest's board of directors earlier this year to supervise the festival's finances after the wife of a former festival director pleaded guilty to tax fraud, and admitted to embezzling more than $300,000 from the festival.


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