A look at perks received by Fiesta Bowl officials

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Posted: Mar 30, 2011 8:01 PM
A look at perks received by Fiesta Bowl officials

An investigative report outlines several perks and expenditures by Fiesta Bowl officials, including ousted CEO John Junker:

_COUNTRY CLUB MEMBERSHIPS: The Fiesta Bowl paid for Junker's memberships at four high-end golf courses: Whisper Rock Golf Club in Scottsdale, Ariz.; Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club in North Plains, Ore.; Biltmore Golf Club in Phoenix; and Karsten Creek in Stillwater, Okla. The bowl also paid for a golf course membership at Chaparral Pines in Payson, Ariz., for Chief Operating Officer Natalie Wisneski.

_STRIP CLUB: The bowl was charged more than $1,200 in 2008 for a trip to the Bourbon Street strip club in Phoenix by Junker and two others. The report shows expenses included food, drinks and dances from strippers.

_AUTO STIPENDS: Junker, his wife and other Fiesta Bowl executives received General Motors cars while GMC was a bowl sponsor. Junker received $8,500 from the bowl for a new car. Other executives received lesser amounts for new cars. Junker continued to receive money for cars, including $27,000 in 2009. Wisneski received an annual car allowance of $16,800

_NICKLAUS GOLF: Junker was reimbursed for $110,000 in credit-card charges for attending a Celebrity Fight Night and bidding on a golf date with Jack Nicklaus. Junker later billed his travel and expenses for the golf date to the bowl.

_BIRTHDAY PARTY: The bowl spent $33,188.96 on Junker's 50th birthday party in 2005, held over four days in Pebble Beach, Calif.

_VACATIONS: The bowl paid for at least 27 trips Junker took with his family, including a 16-day trip to Santa Barbara, Calif. and San Diego with his entire family in 2008. Other trips included $2,600 for Junker and his wife in San Francisco, and a trip to Florida for a space-shuttle launch.

_RELIGIOUS CAUSES: The donation of an executive suite at a bowl game valued at $25,000 went to a local convent for a fundraiser. Junker was also reimbursed for "frequent meals" with an executive with St. Vincent de Paul's Phoenix chapter, and more than $5,000 in membership dues for Legatus, an organization for Catholic business leaders.

_FLOWERS: The bowl paid for $75 in flowers sent to an admissions official at the University of Texas-Austin in March 2010. Junker's daughter was accepted to an honors program at the school.

_AIDE'S WEDDING: The bowl was billed more than $13,000 for the wedding and honeymoon for Junker's aide Kelly Keogh.

_GOLD COINS: Thousands of dollars on gold and silver coins gifted to employees over the years, including about $24,000 in 2008.

_PARIS TRIP: The bowl paid for Wisneski's trip to Paris in 2009 for a Hispanic businesswomen's retreat.

_ GOLF EQUIPMENT: Junker was reimbursed $2,285.96 for Nike golf equipment at a tournament sponsored by the company. Another Fiesta Bowl employee charged the Fiesta Bowl more than $12,000 for Titleist golf balls at an exclusive country club.

_BRIAN WILSON CONCERT: The bowl paid almost $1,952 to send two staffers to see Brian Wilson, a former member of the Beach Boys, perform in New York.