If you don’t recall, the Fyre Festival was held in April of 2017 and was touted as being an exclusive, luxury music festival. It was to be filled with amazing musical acts and crawling with social influencers. However when the partygoers arrived, some forking over thousands, they were greeted by leaky tents, soggy mattresses, no celebrities and total chaos.
The Bahama Island of Exuma was not only left a wreck but also unpaid for its efforts to get the festival up and going. Caterer Maryanna Rolle was one such person. She was left to pay her staff over $50,000 of her personal money to feed the stranded partygoers. She agreed to take the job on “good faith” hoping the festival would be a boon to herself and her Bahama Island. Even though the organizer, Billy McFarland was sentenced to six years in prison for fraud, that didn’t help Maryanna recoup her losses.
Enter the help of strangers. After setting up a GoFundMe page Maryanna received over $140,000 from over 4,000 donations. Hopefully that money will help to fill the “big hole” that was left after Fyre fizzled out so spectacularly.
Ja Rule, who was involved in the Fyre Festival too but not charged, mentioned Maryanna on his Instagram stating “We've never met but I'm devastated that something that was meant to be amazing, turn out to be such a disaster and hurt so many ppl... SORRY to anyone who has been negatively effected by the festival."
Even though what happened in Exuma hurt many people, it's wonderful to see people coming together to help heal the wounds.