Customers wonder what happened to money they spent on charity event that didn't happen

Customers wonder what happened to money they spent on charity event that didn't happen

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — EatWorkPay called off its Charlotte and the Chocolate Factory gala in October with only days to spare. The money was supposed to go to charity.

Megan Lundin said she bought a ticket for $150.

She said she wouldn't have spent that much, but the event was for charity: Seacrest Studios at Levine Children's Hospital.

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When the gala fell through, Lundin asked for her money back.

"(I) filled out the web link and submitted for a refund, but I also sent an email doing the same.  I received no response and no refund," she told Action 9's Jason Stoogenke.  "And, if we’re not going to get a refund, is the benefactor going to receive this money? That would be fine. I would be fine with it."

Stoogenke checked with Atrium Health, which runs Levine Children's Hospital. It said it has "not received any funding" from EatWorkPlay.

EatWorkPlay's founder, Davon Bailey, responded to Action 9 the day before Halloween but hasn't answered repeated calls and emails since.

At last check, the group's website and Instagram page were both down.

A woman emailed Channel 9's newsroom last week, introducing herself as a new EatWorkPlay representative. But she hasn't responded to any calls, texts or emails either.

"I feel like the organization just wants to lay low for a while and hopefully it'll all blow over. But I don't think that we should let it blow over. It's not OK," Lundin said.