Charities claim Diddy walked off with money from fundraising event

Last Updated: Dec 06, 2010, 20:05 PM IST

Melbourne: Two breast cancer charities have claimed that they have not seen any money from a fund-raising event hosted by hip-hop mogul P. Diddy.

According to a New York Post report, Diddy hosted a special ‘Pink Party’ at club Glo on Long Island, New York, last month and waltzed off with a five-figure fee from the event that was supposed to benefit local causes, including the Long Island Plastic Surgical Group Foundation and 1in 9; Breast Cancer Action Coalition.
The charities claimed they are yet to receive any funds.

“We never got a penny,” the Daily Telegraph quoted Carolyn Spector, director of the Long Island Plastic Surgical Group Foundation as saying.

“Nothing was written down, but we were told we would get part of the take. The terminology was “proceeds from the event”,” she added.

“It’s just a little embarrassing.” People say, ``How much did you raise for your programs?`` And we say, ``We haven’t seen anything yet,” said a staffer for the 1 in 9.

They alleged that there was plenty of money coming in that night. Guests were charged 10 dollars at the door, and 1,000 dollars to sit with Diddy in a VIP area of the club, which holds more than 2000.

“By 1:00am, the place was packed,” said Spector.

Diddy walked off with a ‘consider able amount of money’ for playing host, according to a spokesperson for Glo.

The rapper is believed to have received 80, 0000 dollars for hosting the event.

Diddy, on his part, said he did nothing wrong and does not owe the charities a thing.

“I didn’t know what the club owner promised - that had nothing to do with me,” he clarified.

“I had no information about the charity. When the event was booked, it was just for an appearance. I agreed to let him add the charity because I thought it was a good idea,” he added.

John Smythe, whose father John Sr owns Glo, said the club offered Spector and Geri Barish, the director of 1 in 9, a table where they could ask for donations.

The two then ordered drinks and wandered off, he said.

However, a Glo spokeswoman came up with a different story.

“It was agreed that if there was a profit, a portion of it would be given to the charity,” said flack Danielle Orsino.

“But the night of the event, there was a torrential rainstorm. They expected thousands and only a few hundred showed up. So they lost money,” she added.

ANI