The Fyre Festival caterer who wasn’t paid has raised more than $70,000 by donations.
Maryann Rolle, who runs the Exuma Point Bar and Grille, says she used $50,000 of her own money to pay her staff at the event.
“My life was changed forever, and my credit was ruined by Fyre Fest,” she wrote on the donation page.
Rolle set up the GoFundMe page Monday , and it already has about 2,300 donations.
Rolle appears in the Netflix documentary about the festival, Fyre: The Greatest Party That Never Happened. The film was released Friday.
The Netflix documentary is about Fyre Festival, which was advertised as “the unparalleled best in music, cuisine, design and hospitality on a private island in the Exumas”—but according to patrons, the experience was anything but luxurious and ended with a plethora of lawsuits.
Fyre Festival attendees arrived to inadequate basic necessities—including food, housing and electricity—never mind the luxurious promises. When guests tried to evacuate the island, everyone was stranded in an extreme lack of organization and infrastructure.
Rolle said in the documentary that she was pushed “to the limits catering no less than 1000 meals per day.” She says she had 10 people working for her around the clock to prepare food.
“I literally had to pay all those people. I am here as a Bahamian. And they stand in my face everyday,” she says. “I went through about $50,000 of my savings that I could’ve had for a rainy day. … They just wiped it out and never looked back.”
Fyre Media, a booking company from rapper Ja Rule and his tech partner Billy McFarland, created the event. Chris Smith connected with festival organizers to tell a behind-the-scenes tale.
Some of the headlining artists for Fyre Festival included blink-182, G.O.O.D Music and Major Lazer. blink-182 cancelled both their performances, but their name still gets tossed into the documentary as proof of the downfall.