Philly Broadcaster Under Investigation for Charity Work

Veteran sports broadcaster Don Tollefson has been accused of not making good on ticket auctions and raffles that raised money for his charitable organizations.

Don Tollefson (L) emceed the Brad Fox 5K Run/Walk in April. Submitted photo.
Don Tollefson (L) emceed the Brad Fox 5K Run/Walk in April. Submitted photo.
Following a Tuesday report by NBC 10 News that said Philadelphia sports broadcaster Don Tollefson has not followed through on promises he made through his charity foundations, Warminster Police Chief James Donnelly has confirmed to several media outlets that the department has joined the Bucks County District Attorney's office and state officials to investigate the claims.

According to NBC 10, Tollefson raffled off several Eagle ticket packages since January to raise money for his charities that benefit disadvantaged children. However, several people filed complaints that they never received the tickets.

One of the events under investigation is Tollefson's participation as emcee of the Officer Brad Fox 5K Run/Walk at Warminster Community Park on April 7. A posting on the event's Facebook page reads the following:

"On the day of our race, our emcee Don Tollefson offered weekend vacation packages to Eagles away games during the 2013-2014 season. In doing so, he said that half the proceeds would benefit his charity and half would come to the Officer Brad Fox 5K Foundation. In light of recent developments with these trips, we want to note that we have not received any donations from Don Tollefson or any of his charities, nor have we made any donations to Don Tollefson or any of his charities. While we appreciate Don's willingness to join us on race day, we regret the situation many (including many of our volunteers) are dealing with right now and hope that Don Tollefon remedies the situation quickly to everyone's satisfaction."

Tollefson also appeared at Kenney's Madison Tavern for a preseason Football Frenzy event in July that featured ticket giveaways. An employee said nobody from the Madison would be commenting on the situation and referred reporters to the Warminster Police Department.


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