GoFundMe For Unpaid Fyre Festival Caterer Reaches $125K
The new Netflix documentary, 'FYRE: The Greatest Party That Never Happened' chronicles the infamous Fyre Festival - the disastrous brainchild of Billy McFarland and Ja Rule.
The catastrophic event left its caterers unpaid, resulting in restaurant worker, Maryann Rolle, having to pay her staff over $50,000 of her own life savings.
Maryann Rolle runs the Exuma Point Bar and Grille, and was hired by organiser Billy McFarland to cater the alleged star-studded luxury music festival.
Just watched #FyreFestivalNetflix doc. I am both proud and heartbroken that the only person who had the decency to actually DO something to try to right this wrong was a black woman. Her name is #MaryannRolle and she used her savings to pay the locals swindled by Billy and Ja pic.twitter.com/0N5s7tyKGt— Valerie Reynolds (@MsValRey) January 21, 2019
What followed was an embarrassing string of events that made headlines, worldwide. Festival-goers - who paid upwards of $12,000 for a ticket - were left stranded on the incomplete site with little to no food, nowhere to sleep, and absolutely zero sign of the promised entertainment or influencers.
Upon watching the documentary, you probably recognise Rolle as the caterer who hired 10 staff members to assist her in working around the clock to cater the festival.
"I went through about US$50,000 of my savings that I could've saved for a rainy day," she revealed. "They just wiped it out and never looked back."
Since the documentary's release, Rolle has created a GoFundMe page to recover the funds, explaining that her credit history was ruined following the failed event.
"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!" she writes. "My only resource today is to appeal for help."
In just one week, over 3,700 people have donated upwards of $125,000 with 'FuckJerry's' Founder Elliot Tebele putting forward $20,000 on behalf of himself and another $10,000 from his company.
While Rolle and her husband are getting what they deserve, Fyre Festival founder Billy McFarland is too, as he serves six years in prison for defrauding investors.
Justice is served!