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Thursday, February 10,2011

Funding dispute erupts over White Christmas Ball

By Kaely Moore

A dispute over Boulder’s 1940s WWII Swing Era Ball has each side accusing the other of mismanaging funds.  

Three people identifying themselves as board members of the Ball's nonprofit — Wanda Plimmer, Robert Dudley and Chris Dailey, CEO of Boulder Creek Events Productions — have filed a lawsuit against executive director of the Decibelle Music and Culture Festival, Khyentse James, accusing her of misappropriating corporate funds and corporate opportunities, engaging in deceptive trade practices and violating fiduciary duties.

The WWII Ball is an event that celebrates the music, dance and culture of the 1940s era, featuring costumes, dance lessons and celebrity impersonators. Proceeds from the Ball go to organizations like the Spirit of Flight Center Colorado and the Wounded Warrior Project.

James said that she first created the Ball because she grew up in a family of pilots that also had a strong connection with music and radio in the 1940s. She said she began working with Dailey in early 2010 and the two soon formed the nonprofit in the name of the Ball.

James is accused of transferring funds from an account designated for the WWII Ball directly into her personal account. The plaintiffs also claim in the suit that the board has rights to a database of information concerning the organization of the event for both summer and winter, as well as to the domain name for the Ball’s website. 

“Our attorney would not put anything in the lawsuit without us first providing him with genuine, indisputable documentation, which we did,” Dailey said.

James disputes that a board was ever formed for the nonprofit. She also said that Dailey knew about and agreed to the money transfer into her account. As the originator of the WWII Ball, she also said that she created the database and website before she ever met Dailey. The nonprofit may have rights to the actual domain name, James said, but she owns the copyright to the site’s design, content and mission statement.  

James said she is filing a countersuit against Dailey, claiming that he took $5,000 in cash at the White Christmas Ball in December, a claim he denies.

"No one from the board has ever heard about any money missing," he said. "And it's simply not true."

James said that she feels the lawsuit is an effort to take away the events that she started and has been working on for years.

“I know this is going to be really, really difficult, but it’s something I’m willing to deal with to stop him from doing this to someone else,” James said. “It’s one of the most disheartening things I’ve ever experienced.”

In recent years, Dailey has also been engaged in a dispute with the city of Boulder, over the ownership of the Boulder Creek Festival.

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I sure wish the best for Ms. James.  Chris Dailey (Boulder Creek Events) has been a cancer in Boulder for long enough. 

 

Spoken like a friend of Khyentse' aka Tammy Cresswell

 

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The lawsuit brought against me by Chris Dailey and his cohorts is completely and utterly false and represents a well-known Chris Dailey tactic.  Quite simply, this is nothing more than a blatant attempt by a bully to take away my intellectual property and damage my good reputation solely out of greed.  I will not fight this battle in the press, but look forward to disproving these charges in a court of law and in so doing, expose Chris Dailey and company as the bullies and frauds they are. 

 

Khyentse, My wife and I have seen you shed tears worrying about the success of these events that you alone have brought to a high level of success. Sounds like this Daily fellow needs a little bully beatdown...

 

Thanks for the kind words, Independent Texan:) Your support means a lot to me.

 

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Chris Dailey has been doing these kinds of things to people for years! Someone has to stop this monster!

 

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Chris Dailey is a Megalomaniac and thinks he owns all of Boulder--the way he has treated vendors, artists and staff at Boulder Creek Fest over the years is criminal and I know for a fact that he barely lifts a finger at his events.  He relies on volunteers and interns to do all the work while he screams at them as a result of his own failure to do his job properly.

it's something terrible that he's preyed upon this girls success because he does not have the ability to come up with something on his own-- I hope she kicks his booty in court!

 

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I have had problems with this guy Chris Dailey too.  He really is an issue--I hope this is the final straw for him.  He is NOT an honest person and obviously will destroy anyone and
anything that gets in his way, by whatever means necessary.  This mentality doesn't belong in Boulder or Niwot. 

 

 
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