New fundraiser to help people after failed festival is targeting $400k


Tribune Chief Reporter

A NEW fundraiser for locals impacted by the failed Fyre Festival is seeking to raise $400,000.

Moved by the overwhelming outpouring of support for shafted restauranteur Maryann Rolle, the Exuma Foundation launched its GoFundMe campaign on Monday.

Up to press time, it had raised $7,690 of $400,000 goal.

The foundation seeks to support community needs in Exuma, and states it will establish a "strict and fair process for distribution of funds to the local people who were financially affected."

The Exuma Foundation is a US public charity, and donations by US tax payers are deductible.

Its campaign read: "We at the Exuma Foundation were saddened by the unfortunate impacts the Fyre Festival had on the people of Exuma. The Netflix Fyre documentary gave a compelling insight into the story of how a community suffered devastating losses in the aftermath of the festival."

It continued: "To help our community and fill the need to get funds directly to Exuma, we have set up this account to benefit the victims of the Fyre Festival."

Meanwhile, donations continue to pour in for Exuma Point Restaurant owners Maryann and Elvis Rolle.

Their GoFundMe campaign had raised $179,762 of its $123,000 goal up to press time with donations from 6,464 people in nine days.