Over £120,000 ($164,000)has been raised for Maryann Rolle, a worker at Fyre Festival who was forced to use £38,000 ($50,000) of her own life savings to pay staff members after the disastrous event.
The manager of Exuma Point Bar and Grille, who appeared in the recent documentary, FYRE: The Greatest Festival That Never Happened, launched a GoFundMe days before its release, revealing that she used $50,000 of her own money to pay staff who were employed by the festival, which, as we all know by now, ended up being an unmitigated disaster.
“Back in April 2017 I pushed myself to the limit catering no less than a 1000 meals per day,” she explains. “Breakfast, lunch and dinner were all prepared and delivered by Exuma Point to Coco Plum Beach and Roker’s Point where the main events were scheduled to take place. Organizers would also visit my Exuma Point location to enjoy the prepared meals.
"As I make this plea it’s hard to believe and embarrassing to admit that I was not paid,” she adds. “I was left in a big hole! My life was changed forever, and my credit was ruined by Fyre Fest.”
Her appeal for help has been met with immense support, breaking its target of $123,000. At time of writing, over $164,000 has been donated.
Ja Rule has since issued an apology to Rolle. Isuing his apology in an Instagram post, he wrote, "My heart goes out to this lovely lady... MaryAnne Rolle 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".
FYRE: The Greatest Festival That Never Happened, which you can watch now on Netflix, reveals the story behind Ja Rule and Billy McFarland's disastrous festival, including details surrounding the $100 million class-action lawsuit levelled at them in the festival's wake. Watch the trailer below.
Billy McFarland was sentenced to six years in prison on fraud charges in October 2018.