Non profit founder says consultant isn't delivering, wants money back


by Mike Colombo / News 4

Posted on July 10, 2012 at 9:10 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jul 10 at 9:41 PM

ST. LOUIS ( – More than six months after hiring a consultant, Dr. Joe Cangas, founder of Helmets First says the extra attention and fundraising he expected simply isn’t there.

He says after weeks without answers from the consultant, he deserves his money back.

Pediatrician Joe Cangas’ passion is keeping kids healthy. His non-profit, Helmets First continues that mission, and the Helmet Hustle.

“Just a fun, fundrasing, 20-mile bike ride from Benton Park to Jefferson Barracks to help raise money for helmets first so we can give away more bike helmets to kids,” said Cangas.

With the second annual Helmet Hustle looming, Dr. Cangas says he paid 501 Centric , a consulting firm for non-profits, and it’s owner Jeff Shaw close to $1,000 to promote the event and  bolster fundraising.

“I thought we’d have corporate sponsors in place, I thought we’d be starting to have riders registering and teams registering for the ride and they’d already be raising funds,” added cangas.

After what Cangas says we’re weeks of unanswered e-mails and games of phone tag, News 4 went Jeff Shaw’s office for answers.

“I really don’t have any comment on it right now,” he said.

What Shaw would say is that he believes there was a miscommunication between he and Cangas as to what 501 Centric would do for the Helmet Hustle.

He also said Cangas had voided the contract as of Tuesday.

Shaw says he hopes to meet in the middle in finding resolution.