People Donated Over $200,000 To Restaurant Owners Who Got Screwed During ‘Fyre Festival’

If you’re like me—and the rest of the world—you probably checked out the documentary on Netflix that has been going viral on social media about a music festival that robbed a bunch of rich, entitled, spoiled kids out of their money and pride last year.


Fyre Festival, the “greatest party that never happened,” was a music festival organized by a guy named Billy MacFarland—a millennial with huge dreams and a skill at scamming people out of their money. Billy planned the festival alongside rapper Ja Rule, who somehow got off easily with little to no jail time. Billy, on the other hand, ended up facing time in prison for his wrongdoings.

All in all, throughout the documentary, people saw the chaos that was Fyre Festival. Those who were in charge planned a “huge” event, having influencers, models, and social media starlets support their every move—without having anything actually planned. People spent hundreds of thousands of dollars to travel to The Bahamas for this “lit” event—only to end up in FEMA tents, with no food and water, and no way to get home.


While some felt bad for the kids who lost money—many didn’t. A lot of people online who watched the documentary felt as though the “rich, spoiled kids” who could afford this trip got what they deserved. Many, however, were bothered by the situation involving one restaurant owner and how she got scammed out of thousands. 


Maryann Rolle owns a bar in The Bahamas that Billy and his crew decided to dump responsibility on for catering and providing food very last minute while they were doing insane damage control from their f**ked up lie. Rolle said that she worked “24-hour shifts” trying to feed over 1,000 people. However, Rolle said she never saw a dime from Billy or the team. Instead, she had to pay her workers and staff out of her own savings—over $50,000.

People online were outraged.

Many people online discovered that MaryAnn had set up a GoFundMe page to try and make her money back. And, before she knew it, people were sharing it everywhere.

And, it turns out, MaryAnn raised over $200,000 from people all over the world that watched the documentary, saw her story, and wanted to help her out.

Finally, a happy ending.

Lex Gabrielle

A mom of two who loves to spend her free time writing about life, love, and all the little moments in between.

I have a bachelor’s degree in media studies and journalism and two master’s degrees in education. When I’m not writing and chasing my two kids around, I teach journalism full-time.