Unpaid Fyre Festival caterer raises over £100k with GoFundMe page after featuring in new Netflix documentary

GoFundMe page raises over £100k for unpaid Fyre Festival caterer after featuring in new Netflix documentary

GoFundMe page of Fyre Festival caterer who was not paid after the event failed and its organiser jailed for fraud. Image: GoFundMe

Monday, January 21, 2019

More than £100,000 has been raised for a restaurant owner in the Bahamas who was not paid for catering of the failed Fyre Festival.

Maryann Rolle, who owns Exuma Point Resort, says she used her own savings of $50,000 (£38,000) to pay the other staff that had helped with the event.

The crowdfunding page was set up a week ago and has had over 3,900 donations.

Writing on the page, Mrs Rolle said: “It has been an unforgettable experience catering to the organizers of Fyre Festival. Back in April 2017 I pushed myself to the limit catering no less than a 1000 meals per day.

“Breakfast, lunch and dinner were all prepared and delivered by Exuma Point to Coco Plum Beach and Roker’s Point where the main events were scheduled to take place.

“Organizers would also visit my Exuma Point location to enjoy the prepared meals.”

 

'Bad publicity better than no publicity'

Maryann Rolle, who owns Exuma Point Resort. Image: Netflix

She added: “As I make this plea it’s hard to believe and embarrassing to admit that I was not paid…I was left in a big hole! My life was changed forever, and my credit was ruined by Fyre Fest.

“My only resource today is to appeal for help.

“There is an old saying that goes “bad publicity is better than no publicity” and I pray that whoever reads this plea is able to assist.”

Ms Rolle features in the Netflix documentary Fyre: The Greatest Party that Never Happened, which was released on Friday.

The documentary follows the people behind the 2017 festival - which promised to be an exclusive party for Instagram influencers with luxury food and music from big stars.

Festival goers turned up to find the site was unfinished, and there weren't enough tents for attendees, with many of them flooded from torrential rain the night before.

Its organiser Billy McFarland failed to pay the staff for their time or resources, and in October 2018, was convicted for fraud in the US and jailed for six years.