Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Trouble is brewing between country legend Toby Keith and the vice president of a company that organizes charity fundraisers. Creative Adventures VP Joel Bieschke claims that peeps from the country crooner's camp promised that Keith would sign a guitar that would be raffled off to raise money for St. Jude. However, when someone from Creative Adventures approached the singer at a meet-and-greet, he refused to put his John Hancock on the instrument. Bieschke tells Radaronline.com, "One of the radio station program directors got meet-and-greets and permission to get a guitar signed for St. Jude's 2013 radio fundraiser. People donate to win a guitar signed by their favorite artist on the air and the money goes to help the children at St. Jude. But when we got face-to-face with Toby in the meet-and-greet line he refused to sign the guitar, and his crew told us to leave or else they were going to call security." Bieschke says everything with his company is on the up and up and maintains that he works with numerous radio and television stations in the area. But never has a celebrity refused to simply sign their name. Making the situation even more disappointing, according to Bieschke, is that Creative Adventures teamed up with KRNY Y102 to promote Keith's June concert. Although KRNY Y102 did their part, Keith refused to oblige their one request. Bieschke adds, "It would have taken him 10 seconds to sign that guitar to help raise money for children who are terminally ill. I'd like to think he was not that type of guy. This is the first time ever that anyone has refused to sign a guitar for us. We promoted Toby's concert to help sell more tickets, and I'll never do it again." But the "Red Solo Cup" singer's manager hinted to Radaronline.com that things are not always want they seem. Keith founded The Toby Keith Foundation, which raises money for cancer patients and their families. He told Radaronline.com, "I know of no requests like that at that show. If it was asked of us for Toby to sign something for St. Jude or any other LEGITIMATE charity, we always do so. For them to think that Toby would disregard a great charity like St. Jude when he has his own foundation that supports and has the same goals is just stupid."