A Denver-based organization that raised money by selling a firefighter calendar has agreed to close its operations and transfer its assets to a new group.
The Office of the Attorney General filed a lawsuit against Fired Up For Kids in December 2011 alleging that the organization operated as a for-profit business despite presenting itself as a nonprofit entity and registering as a nonprofit.
In September 2011, the group's website stated that all proceeds from calendar sales went to The Childrens Hospital Burn Center and its pamphlets said the group was a non-profit organization.
Prosecutors accused Fired Up For Kids owner Kirsten Hamling of using the group's accounts and assets for personal uses, including gym memberships and airline tickets.
Hamlings attorney, Molly Jansen, issued a news release after the lawsuit was filed. The statement stated in part: "Hamling is the sole owner of the for profit company, Fired Up For Kids, Inc. The attorney said the company is not a charity and is not designated as a not-for-profit organization through the Childrens Hospital or the federal government. Ms. Hamling graciously donated money from Fired Up For Kids, Inc., to the Childrens Hospital, but in no way was contractually obligated to donate all proceeds to The Childrens Hospital."
Under the lawsuit settlement, assets of Fired Up For Kids, are transferred to a successor organization, Colorado Firefighter Calendar, Inc. Fired Up For Kids also agreed to dissolve as a company.
An attorney with Colorado Firefighter Calendar, Inc. said net proceeds from the calendar sales will go to the burn unit at The Children's Hospital, and to promote fire safety and awareness.
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