We have received several emails questioning the operation of the CMPD Hope Foundation the beneficiary of the annual Burnette Nobles Golf Tournament. Concerns arose last year after a major dust up between Tommy Burnette and CMPD organizers.
The annual tournament was originally started to support a scholarship foundation benefiting the children of CMPD officers, but direction has changed over the last couple of years and Cedar Posts is wondering why?
Also reports the record keeping at CMPD Hope is no better than the incomplete CMPD Hope website http://cmpdhope.org/
So it may all be talk, but the guidelines for receiving assistance are pretty loose and approval is based solely on a majority vote of the board which is chaired by Major Vicki Foster.
Cedar Posts sent the following emaid to CMPD Hope Foundation Treasurer Heidi Kimbell:
Thank you for posting a comment the Cedar Posts blog.
First, all the writers, commentators and friends of Cedar Posts think the Burnette Nobels Golf Tournament is a wonderful event. We all appreciate your hard work for the event and as a CMPD officer.
We are so sorry you did not receive our first email.
Here are the questions folks have been asking:
1) Why the change from a Mecklenburg County Golf Course to a privately owned golf course?
2) How much money was raised at last year's event?
3) How are the proceeds from the tournament split between CMPD Hope Foundation and the Burnette Nobels Memorial Fund?
4) Are any CMPD employees compensated by the Burnette Nobels Memorial Fund, CMPD Hope Foundation or the Burnette Nobels Golf Tournament?
5) Are any other individuals directly compensated by either the Tournament or the Burnette Nobels Memorial Fund or the CMPD Hope Foundation?
6) Are there any conflicts of interest either real or perceived that you are aware of?
Thank you for your help and your prompt reply.
Ms. Kimbell's response was simple and straight to the point:
"We thank you for your interest in this event. However, I regret that I am unable to respond to this or any other “blog” site."
You can draw you own conclusions.