Attorney General Grants Mateel’s Request to Continue to Operate as a Listed Charity
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The Mateel has an important update regarding our suspension by the Registry of Charitable Trusts. The Attorney General’s office has approved the Mateel’s request to continue to operate, as a listed charity by the state, effective through May 7. Our 2016 audit (2014 and 2015 having been previously submitted – contrary to what was reported by some media outlets), is in process, and is on track to be filed before the end of April. Once that audit is filed with the Registry of Charitable Trusts, our suspension will be resolved. The Mateel Community Center is continuing to work on finding its footing following recent financial difficulties, and each of these $10,000 audits have not been an easy problem to hurdle.
To clarify, the Mateel’s non-profit standing was never suspended. Rather, it was our standing with the Registry for Charitable Trusts. Nevertheless, we are looking forward to the prompt resolution of this matter.
We have heard the public’s request for more transparency and to be kept up to date on pertinent issues. Sometimes the news we have to report is hard to hear, but we hope the community will continue to support the Mateel and its events as we strive to resolve these complex problems. We all want to see the Mateel survive and thrive long into the future.
In the meantime, we’d like to welcome you to the hall for Andre Nickatina on April 14,The Crystal Method on April 28, J-Boog on May 25, and of course the 42nd Annual Summer Arts & Music Festival at Benbow State Park on June 2nd & 3rd. Pre-sale weekend tickets for the Arts Fair are available and can be purchased in advance online for $35. Mateel members can buy advance weekend tickets for $30 at the office only.
Come out to these events and show your support for the Mateel – together we are stronger!
For the Mateel Board of Directors, Secretary