Bring out your dead!
Beth Mason's 501(c)3 wants to help you plant them!
This is not a joke. From a reader:
These were handed out at a recent community event.... creepy and desperate. She had banners and a full table handing out newsletters and people walking around handing out glow necklaces and glow sticks attached to these flyers. Full color back page of program too. So in your face. Gross. ... funeral costs???? She stopped by later for people to thank her. The banners were on two sides of the room... maybe 3 x 5 feet. She is waaaay over the top. Especially for a "charitable" organization. Tammany Hall politics at its most cynical. So gross.
|Funerals and glow-sticks: perfect together|
Beth Mason's 501(c)3 promises to "help you with funeral costs so [you] can give loved ones a proper burial"- not the kind Mason usually attempts on the living.
Her funeral offer comes with a glow stick... To light the way across the River Styx?
The flier boasts that Mason provided "food... during Sandy". What food group are "Dunkin Donuts?"
The people want bread? Let them eat cake!
|Feeding the hungry, one donut at a time.|
Like many at the time, GA figured the web-based "Hudson County Recovers"was a stunt to buy influence at the County level; it was rumored Mason had hoped to replace Hudson County Executive Tom DeGise.
The stunt backfired.
On Thursday, December 20, 2012. "Hudson County Recovers" held a fundraiser in Secaucus at La Reggia restaurant; tickets were $300 per person. A full table was reserved for "media." Well... Hudson County public officials stayed away, media stayed away, anyone of significance in the Hudson County political world stayed away. Few, if any, tickets were sold. In order to fill empty chairs, the charity posted invitations on the doors in senior buildings, promising seniors a free meal and transportation by bus.
GA's friend, Jimmy (R.I.P.), reported the following:
|"bringing cold pizza with voter reg forms"|
$25,000 "raised" was quietly awarded on April 25, 2013 in a ceremony acknowledged on Facebook.
What's the point of all this, you ask?
Well, GA's Earwitness Rumor: Reputation Rehab? appears to have been spot-on.
There's a full throttle Beth Mason campaign of re-invention going on to win back the people-- up to and including freebie funerals! All hail, Evita of the Underworld!
No, no, GA is not a meanie. Folks need to understand what comes with a Beth Mason gift- even a funeral.
Folks who take her money are subject to the carnival of self-promotion that accompanies any Mason act of giving, including but not limited to: photos, fliers, press releases, newspaper articles, mailers, social media, bracelets that say "Mason Civic League" and glow-sticks.
If that's okay with you, have at it.
|Giving out "Mason Civic League" orange bracelets with Halloween candy.|