A Cranbrook restaurant says they’re out thousands of dollars due to an unpaid bill by the same man who promised millions to Kimberley hockey.
Northwest Grill owner Jolene Salanski claims Mike Gould, who made a $7.5 million pledge at a local KIJHL game in Kimberley last month, held an event at her business to celebrate the news.
However, she says Gould walked out on an $8,000 tab.
Salanski asserts he is the one who initially contacted the restaurant to put on the event, and he was responsible for the bill.
However, she concedes there’s no money.
Cranbrook RCMP Constable Katie Forgeron confirms they are investigating the matter.
Forgeron says they were approached by a local business a couple weeks ago, after they organized a banquet for a gentleman.
The Constable alleges a gentleman gave the business cheques to cover the bill but the bank didn’t have the funds to support the cheques.
Forgeron says they’re looking into one individual and considering charges related to forgery, theft and fraud.
Other attendees have since stepped up to pay a portion of the bill.
It’s reported, members of the the Kimberley Dynamiters KIJHL team were invited to the banquet and horrified to learn what happened afterward so they tried to cover as much of the unpaid money as possible.
Salanksi admits its a major financial blow to them.
She says they’re just trying to get caught back up.
The Kimberley Dynamiters would like to provide an update on the commitment from Mr. Gould. The commitment promised to…
The Dynamiters and local minor hockey association have released statements this week saying they have not received a penny from Mr. Gould, a month after he made the pledge.
Kimberley Minor Hockey Association President Curtis McLaren said in their statement the looming promising has actually turned people off from making donations to their regular fundraising efforts.
McLaren wrote residents are assuming Gould’s promise will benefit them and extra donations aren’t needed.
He adds they rely heavily on public support to help keep fees affordable for local families.
Mr. Gould told us Wednesday (Nov.15) he will have the money handed over within 10 days.
He says certain court orders have frozen his assets.
You can listen to the full unedited interview here.
Gould ranted about many things when we asked why the money had not been delivered to the Dynamiters and minor hockey association.
He says he knew the statements were coming from the Dynamiters and understands where they’re coming from.
As for the speculation in the community the donation is a hoax, Gould suggests people can gossip and jump to conclusions but that only hurts the community.
– Northwest Grill owner Jolene Salanski
– Cranbrook RCMP Cst. Katie Forgeron