Fundraiser held for Vista Pop Warner after theft

Posted at 1:56 PM, Feb 22, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-22 17:35:17-05

Parents and coaches raised their glasses as they raised money for Vista Pop Warner.

The youth football program that's fallen on hard financial times after a suspected misappropriation of funds is taking steps to build their bank accounts back up.

On Sunday evening, they did it with beer.

The Latitude 33 Brewery hosted a fundraiser for Vista Pop Warner, donating $2 from every pint of beer and $5 from every growler sold. Dozens of people, many of them wearing Vista Pop Warner hats and T-shirts, did their part by drinking beer.

RELATED: Team 10: Nearly $100K missing from Vista Pop Warner football program

Team 10 was the first to expose Vista Pop Warner's financial problems. Sources told Team 10 a former board member is under investigation in connection with the missing money.

Other sources told Team 10 part of the problem was that board members may have enabled the thefts by signing blank checks in advance to save time.

The San Diego County Sheriff's Department is investigating, but no charges have been filed.

"We really don't have control over where the money went, but we do have control over our future," said Dave McGraw, whose son Donovan plays in the league. "So right now we're all just trying to come together as a community, as a league, and really just try to recoup our losses and move forward for the kids' sake."

McGraw and others at the fundraiser marveled at how the community has begun to rally around the kids.

"It just shows you how Vista is really a small town that really looks after its own," he said.

RELATED: Team 10: Vista Pop Warner executives may have made it easy for someone to empty bank accounts

Latitude 33 has no ties to Vista Pop Warner, but one of the brewery's owners said they want to be a part of the solution.

"It is what it is," said Treasure Ingram. "And we're going to do what we can to fix it."

The craft brewery raised $1,500 for Vista Pop Warner.

The online fundraising site called has launched a Vista Pop Warner page. To help, visit