Still no organizers taking credit for what happened to Dionne Warwick's canceled American Music Inaugural Ball, nor explaining how guests can get their money back. And now we're hearing from another group of aggrieved folks: the volunteers.
They're disturbed because they not only gave up several hours to train for a ball that never happened -- they also gave up their Social Security numbers and other personal data. Why? Because promoters said the ball might get "the visit" from President Obama, and they needed to clear everyone through security.
A preposterous claim, considering the new POTUS had 10 official balls of his own to attend. But, said a volunteer who asked not to be identified because of her government contracting job, "we got caught up in the excitement." Now she's worried about identity theft.
As we earlier reported, some ticket buyers have traced their bank charge to a Dallas firm with a disconnected number; the "Dionne and Friends" foundation that others sent checks to has not been incorporated for three years and has no record of nonprofit status with the IRS; and promoters are not responding to e-mails or phone calls.
Another volunteer shared with us an e-mail she got Tuesday from someone identifying herself as Warwick, thanking her and commiserating over the ball's cancellation. She ends by saying that the next time she needs volunteers, "I trust that I will be able to call upon you."
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