To those of you who were NOT solicited to write reviews of Opal House, please disregard the following.
For those of you who may have been solicited to write reviews, there is a reason you have been asked to do so. A legal case is ongoing, and William Boegel remains in contempt of court on six counts. He has been sentenced to thirty days in jail. Bail has been set in the amount of twenty thousand dollars. He is a fugitive of the law of the State of California and the United States. He is currently up for thirty more counts of contempt in the Superior Court of California. This information is true, correct and verifiable.
Yes, what he is doing at Opal House is commendable. No one can deny this. He is, however, making Opal House HIS OWN refuge. In his own words, he is "under the radar" and in hiding. The current arrearage amounts to over $150,000. People hide out and skip the country for far less than that, and William Boegel hides behind a very cleverly masterminded façade indeed.
If you wrote the review of your own volition, bravo to you! If you have been asked or coerced, you are part of his diabolical plan. No one knows this situation the way the courts and I do. For further information, contact the Superior Court of California. Thank you. opalhousebehindthefacade.com
Review from Guidestar
Dr. William Boegel, co-founder of Opal House was found in contempt of court on SIX counts in the Superior Court of California, Napa County, on October 11, 2011.
Sentencing for Dr. William Boegel is scheduled on November 4, 2011 at 8:30 AM in the Superior Court of California, Napa County.
This information is true and correct, and can be verified on the website of the Superior Court of California, Napa County, California, 825 Brown St. Napa, CA 94558. Phone: 707.299.1100. Case # 26-22481.
Update: On November 4, 2011, William Boegel was sentenced to thirty (30) days in jail; a bench warrant is issued for his arrest; bail is set at $20,000. This information is true and correct, and can be verified at the Superior Court of California, Napa, CA 94559.
Review from Guidestar
I have known Dr. Will and Diane Boegel for many years, but only recently had the opportunity to visit their mission site in Guatemala. I was only able to stay for two days at the end of a business trip to the area, but it was a great opportunity to see the fruits of their labor with my own eyes. I visited the hospital where Will volunteers regularly and saw the operating room that was fitted with modern equipment and supplies through the Boegels' efforts. Will and Diane sponsor medical missions on a regular basis that bring highly trained surgeons to Guatemala to treat children with severe injuries and birth defects. I was able to tour the chapel and schoolhouse that they have constructed on the property over the last five years and use to educate local children. And, I walked the property to see the improvements in organic farming that have been implemented to improve their avocado and coffee crops. The proceeds from the farming activities are all churned back into the mission programs and building projects.
Will and Diane live a simple, yet busy life of service to the local people. They have extremely low overhead and their actions have a real and lasting impact on the children in the area. I am glad to have donated to Opal House in the past and will continue to make donations in the future.