Selena Foundation has not resolved its IRS charity status|
A charity that benefits the most from one of the city’s signature events - Fiesta de la Flor – has not yet resolved its status with the IRS.
The Selena Foundation's tax exempt status was revoked in May 2016 - the week after the festival. That happened after the foundation failed to file its 990 tax forms for three years in a row.
On July 19th, the IRS issued a public notice on its website. In October, the Foundation told 6 Investigates it planned to correct the problem, and described the issue as a bookkeeping error.
Half of the revenue from the Fiesta de la Flor event is donated to the foundation. In 2015, that amounted to $50,000. No donation has been made yet for the 2016 event, said Paulette Kluge, CEO of the Corpus Christi CVB. The CVB is aware of the foundation’s current tax status and continues to work with the Quintanillas, she added.
The Selena Foundation, which is run by the Quintanilla family, honors the late Tejano singer Selena Quintanilla Perez's legacy with student scholarships, among other community efforts. Until the foundation’s tax status is resolved, any donations made are not tax deductible.
The Selena Foundation could not be reached for comment.
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Fiesta De La Flor 2017
Scheduled March 24-25 at North Bayfront Park in downtown Corpus Christi.
Preparations are underway for this year's Fiesta de la Flor which will feature new and exciting experiences, including Madame Tussauds Hollywood wax figure of Selena, guest appearances by Jackie Cruz of Netflix hit show Orange is the New Black and Emmy Award-winner Jackie Guerra, who played Suzette in the Selena movie.
•The Art Museum of South Texas serves as a perfect place to give attendees at Fiesta de la Flor the opportunity to truly celebrate Selena – who she was and how her continues to mesmerize new legions of fans today. Fiesta de la Flor – in keeping with its mission to honor her life and legacy – will take the opportunity in the 2017 festival to give fans a Selena experience like no other. Fans will immerse themselves with Selena videos, pictures and music as they go through the Art Museum that leads to the ultimate engagement Selena selfie opportunity-Madame Tussauds Hollywood Selena wax figure. In partnership with Madame Tussauds Hollywood, the Selena was figure will make its journey to Selena's hometown and be a part of Fiesta de la Flor.
•Just outside the Art Museum, the evening sky will light with glow sticks, a light show and video for a Friday and Saturday night Silent Disco experience.
•For fans that do not have a ticket to Fiesta de la Flor, Ride in Theater hosts a free outdoor moving showing of Selena, the movie, on the side of the Selena Auditorium. At no charge, Selena fans (and festival attendees) can sit right outside the festival boundaries and experience an interactive movie-viewing experience like no other.
-On Friday, March 24, performers include Finding Friday, Jimmy Gonzalez y Grupo Mazz, Megan Chapa and multi-Grammy Award winner La Mafia
-Saturday, March 25, entertainment will once again include Finding Friday, B-Side Players, Isabel Marie, David Marez, Las Fenix, Tejano favorite Pete Astudillo, Adalberto and The Latin Breed, and Grammy Award winner A.B. Quintanilla y Elektro Kumbia
-Gates will open at 5:30 p.m. Friday, March, 24 and noon Saturday, March 25 at North Bayfront Park in downtown Corpus Christi.
-Daily General Admission tickets will be available for $10.00 or $15.00 for a two-day pass per festival-goer. -Children 7 and under will receive complimentary admission.
-Tickets will go on sale January 26, 2017 via TicketFly.com, (https://www.ticketfly.com/org/4771 ).
Festival goers wishing to purchase tickets in person can get tickets starting in February at select H-E-B Business Centers across the state and at The Outlets of Corpus Christi Bay in March.
More Info: fiestadelaflor.com
Suzette response to Maria Celeste Arraras
The news of Arraras' forthcoming series has not been well-received by fans or family members of the late Tejano Queen. Following the announcement, a petition was launched to stop the project from happening, and Selena's sister Suzette Quintanilla took to Instagram to share her thoughts.
"Your book is based on a whole bunch of lies," she said via Instagram Stories. "Your source is a person who killed, cold-heartedly murdered, my sister, shot her in the back and left her to die."
In November 2016, Endemol Shine North America and Major TV announced that they were working with Chris Perez to bring his book, To Selena With Love, to our TV screens. That project has since been halted after Selena's father, Abraham Quintanilla, filed a lawsuit against her widower.
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