Church joins fund drive for Crotzer

Published May 26, 2007

The grass roots activist trying to raise money for a man who spent 24 years in prison for crimes he didn't commit has found a church to collect the donations.

Seminole resident Norm Bungard said donations for Alan Crotzer can be sent to Lakewood United Church of Christ, 2601 54th Ave. S, St. Petersburg, FL 33712. Checks can be made out either to Crotzer or the church, Bungard said.

Bungard, a retired Social Security official and a longtime Habitat for Humanity leader, has offered to the highest bidder a tour of St. Petersburg's historic Midtown sites. He will conduct the tour in a Hummer, whose three-day use he won in a Free Clinic charity auction.

Bungard kicked off the donation drive with $250 of his own. He said he has received a $500 bid for the tour. Other donations, even notes of encouragement, are welcome, he said.

Crotzer, who recently moved to Tallahassee from St. Petersburg, was released from prison after DNA tests showed that he didn't commit rape. Legislators earlier this month denied him compensation for the time he spent in prison.