Children’s choir trying to replace lost funds

JUNCTION CITY, Kansas (AP) – After a year of fundraising, a northeast Kansas children’s choir might not be able to take a planned trip to Colorado this summer.

The Geary County Children’s Choir in Junction City was planning a trip to a program called Centennial State in Colorado Springs, Colo.

But the trip is in jeopardy after a former business manager allegedly embezzled about $10,000 from the choir. The suspect, Glen Irwin, was charged last week with felony theft.

Choir Director Greg Gooden told the Junction City Daily Union (http://bit.ly/1k15Km5 ) the money would pay for transportation, snacks and meals for the trip. The total cost would be about $35,000. The choir wasn’t able to make the first January payment of more than $8,000 because of the theft.

Gooden says the trip hasn’t been canceled yet.

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