Karen Schnopp's story about what happened to HOPE For Humanity is straight forward. The donors backed out and the organization crumbled. But did the donors actually exist? It's a question ringing in many heads.
In a phone conversation, Schnopp said she now questions whether her connection to the nonprofits was telling the truth, after all supposed donors like the Hoss Foundation said they never had a clue.
"We would not be anonymous donors. As a foundation, why would you want to do that. You want to get your name out there, let people know your out there helping the best you can, and that you want to be out in the community," said Jason Hostetler the director of the Hoss Foundation.
Perhaps nothing more was tied to HOPE For Humanity than the Hoss Foundation. Hostetler said what started as people inquiring about its involvement turned into concern when Classic Bridal called.
"She said 'hey, I just want to verify that you are with HOPE For Humanity. These ladies came in and are purchasing about $5,000 in dresses, and are saying that you guys will pay for them, and then take them on a trip to New York for all their hard work'," Hostetler said.
Right away he knew something wasn't right.
"It was just red flags, I knew that didn't sound like anything I know of, anything my dad was doing. I quickly called him and found out, no, that's not the case, we had nothing to do with that," he added.
A picture posted in March on Karen Schnopp's Facebook shows the girls that day, trying on the dresses, all pinned and ready for alterations.
After talking to the Hoss Foundation, Classic Bridal thought it was getting scammed and called Schnopp looking for its money.
"I left messages after messages," said Minnie Boles of Classic Bridal. "I finally got a hold of her, she said she was on her way and she got into a car wreck. I said, 'Ok let's make you an appointment for you to come in and pay'. That day came, no Karen. I called her again she gave me a credit card. The credit card did not go through."
The Hoss Foundation was not the only group brought into this. Morgantown Lawyer Jeff Culpepper said he received many calls from people that said he was being represented as HOPE For Humanity's lawyer.
"I was befuddled," said Culpepper. "I had no idea what they were talking about. I had no contact with hope for humanity, so I had no clue what they were talking about.
In part 4 of this story, we take our final look at HOPE For Humanity and hear from Schnopp who said she feels bad that she let people down.