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Event billed as charity golf tournament turns x-rated

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A golf tournament billed as a charity event in Columbia, Illinois turned x-rated and no money was raised for charity. Credit: KMOV A golf tournament billed as a charity event in Columbia, Illinois turned x-rated and no money was raised for charity. Credit: KMOV
COLUMBIA, Ill. (KMOV.com) -

A Metro East golf tournament billed as a fundraiser for the Make-A-Wish charity featured naked women and live sex acts on the golf course, and resulted in no money for the charity.  

The tournament took place at a golf course in Columbia, Illinois in late September.  A News 4 photographer shot video of young women flashing their breasts and cavorting with golfers.  News 4 also obtained graphic cell phone photos from the tournament showing women taking part in live sex acts on the course in in some cases, men participating.

One golfer who was at the tournament said more than a dozen women were at the tournament, with some performing sex acts for cash.

Tournament organizer, Dennis Daugherty told News 4 he was not aware of any sex acts taking place, saying "It's cute girls in bikinis serving drinks that's it."

News 4 reporter Chris Nagus spoke with a woman who had been asked by Daugherty to take part in the tournament and to find, "rich, horny men" who would be willing to take part.  She declined and then told other women she knew who had been invited to turn it town, warning them there would be what she called "disgusting" activity during the tournament.

As for Make-A-Wish, Daugherty admits the charity got nothing.  He says that is because he lost money on the event due to low turnout. Also, he says he was contacted by the charity the day before the event and told to take their name of the flyer and off any promotion.  Daugherty says he did that.  A Make-A-Wish spokesman tells News 4 that Daughterty was never licensed to use the charity's name for any fundraising activities. 

Columbia police were called to the course the day of the tournament.  Daugherty says he met them there, saying, "I rode around on the golf cart with the cops. I did see a girl with her top off at one time."  He says he saw no sex acts.  

But now, Columbia police are charging Daugherty with deceptive practice.  The police chief saying that is based on the promotion of the tournament at a charity fundraiser when no money was donated.

Daugherty insists he was only trying to do something good for a good charity, and did not know of any sex acts taking place, saying "If there was things going on I didn't know about, yeah. If people take clothes off, not my responsibility."

Now Columbia police want to identify the women and the men in the photos of explicit sex, saying the city will not tolerate that type of behavior on a public golf course.  

Make-a-Wish released the following statement: 

We appreciate individuals and companies fundraising on our behalf. In fact, we rely on local funding to grant the wishes of local kids battling life-threatening medical conditions. Make-A-Wish has procedures in place to review and approve potential fundraisers. Unfortunately, Mr. Daugherty did not go through this process and the event is not, and never has been, a sanctioned Make-A-Wish fundraiser. While we do not have first-hand knowledge of the fundraiser, the event as described certainly does not fall in line with our values as an organization.

For additional background…per our policy and procedures, individuals and companies who wish to fundraise on our behalf must hold a signed, license agreement. Mr. Daugherty does not hold a required license agreement with our Foundation.

We have numerous credible and approved fundraisers and we express our gratitude to those who uphold the mission of Make-A-Wish. If anyone feels there is a questionable fundraiser being held on our behalf, we encourage you to call our office at 314-205-WISH (9474) to verify the event’s legitimacy.

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