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Fyre Festival Caterer Receives $189,000 in Donations

Event organizer Billy McFarland is serving a six-year prison sentence

Fyre Festival Caterer Receives $189,000 in Donations
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A Bahamian restaurant owner has received over $189,000 in donations after saying she was stiffed by Fyre Festival organizers, HuffPost reports.

MaryAnn Rolle, 55, appeared in the Netflix documentary Fyre: The Greatest Party That Never Happened and claimed she spent $50,000 of her own money to cater the event, which did not take place.

She started a GoFundMe campaign to recoup the costs after she was not paid by organizer Bill McFarland, who she says owes her $134,000 for making and serving food to festival staff.

“I don’t even like to talk about the Fyre Festival,” Rolle said in the documentary. “Just take it away and just let me start a new beginning. Because they really, really, really hurt me.”

Last week, Netflix and Hulu premiered documentaries on the disastrous 2017 music festival, which was billed as a luxury event, to take place on a private island in the Bahamas. When festgoers arrived, however, they found hurricane tents from FEMA, limited food and water, entertainers had cancelled their appearances and, because of cancelled flights, many people were stranded on the island. The experience was a far cry from the villas, musical acts and lavish food that were promised to those who had paid thousands of dollars to attend.

McFarland, who organized the event alongside rapper Ja Rule, was sentenced to six years in prison last fall in connection with the fest after he pled guilty to wire fraud earlier in the year.

“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,” Rolle wrote on GoFundMe. “My life was changed forever, and my credit was ruined by Fyre Fest.”

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