From the 22nd to the 24th of February, Las Vegas played host to the My Little Pony convention “Unicon”. By the end of the weekend, it was apparent that the con had been budgeted poorly, and left many people out of pocket. #laspegassist is a community fundraiser to help those who have been left out of pocket by attending the convention
The timeline linked below is currently being worked on, to explain the situation that happened as best as is possible as information comes in.
This website is setup to provide a central point for fundraising and information. Click the "Auctions" button below to go to the auctions website where you can bid on various items submitted by the community.
You can help by buying anything on the auction site or by simply letting others know of its existence.
This money does NOT go towards the convention
A lot of cool auctions have gone up on the forums already, I thought I'd go ahead and list some notable ones you might wanna take a gander at below
The Las Pegasus Relief League is in the process of winding down. Due to the generosity of M. A. Larson and the Brony Documentary, we were able to pay off all the verified claims for funds by individuals before the auctions even closed! We paid out $7707.32 to individuals, including payments for unredeemable 'bits', non-comped hotel rooms, double billed rooms, and travel vouchers owed to the musicians. We still have some items waiting for receipts, and will pay them if funds are available at a later date from cash donors or eBay auctions that were run indepently.
The reason that we had to pay out so quickly is that by the nature of a "Personal Appeal" charity, the funds can't sit in the account of a tax-exempt charity and then be paid out to an individual. All donations needed to go directly from a donor to an individual as a gift, or there would be negative tax implications all over the place. Still, we made every effort to notify anyone with a possible claim that funds were available, and to follow up with anyone who filed an initial claim.
The Las Pegasus Relief Auctions are over, and they were a huge success. Over $19,300 was bid, and over $18,300 will be passed on to the charities once the funds are paid. Among the high bids were:
We obviously owe a huge debt of thanks to EnterPlay, the Brony Documentary, M. A. Larson, Meghan McCarthy and Amy Keating Rogers, who all donated valuable merch to help out the Brony Community!
So if all the individuals were paid before the auctions ended, where did the auction money go? Well, the 4 big brony charities were also shorted (some by a huge amount) at LPU. Seeds of Kindness2 was owed $315.00, Kiki's Fund $1,334.00, The Brony Thank You Fund $1,000, and Amy Keating Roger's school charity $5,565.00. The auction money was used to pay for those losses, and then the remainder (just under $10,000) was split evenly between the charities, as the site terms and conditions had described.
This was not, by any means, a one-person or organization effort. Any attempt to thank everyone involved is going to fall far short of the mark, but I'll try to mention the ones I can remember. Haybuck, Rommel Pants, Telofy, Phoe and myself were selected by a group of the Brony illuminati on Skype to vet claims and pay out the funds. It was a boring and stressful job: collecting receipts, contacting victims for more information, making hard choices on marginal claims, and all under the clock.
Knighty created and kept the LasPegasusAssist web site up and running as well, giving people a central information point to work from.
Managing and closing out the auction was a huge effort, with over 250 auctions running. Purple Tinker gets a huge shout-out for setting up the site in a flash and keeping it running smoothly over the week. A volunteer group of moderators kept pots from boiling over. We had a core close-out crew that stayed up into the wee hours of Sunday (very wee for the east coast folks) closing the auctions and double-checking the spreadsheet: causeffect, Larscis, Fennecus Kitsune, Rommel Pants, applurker, Cliona Lethe and Purple Tinker. Tovarich Brony helped with payment verification on Sunday afternoon.
The Brony Media (all of it) worked hard to get the message out, and let people know how to help out. Add to that all the people who bid, donated, tweeted or otherwise made the auction a huge success, and you can see why this is the most awesome fandom *ever*.
President and Chairman of the Board: The Brony Thank You Fund, Incorporated
Derpy Hooves News has posted a written account of what happened and some updated auction information. You can find it here. KefkaFloyd at The Round Stable has also published a written account of the events from his perspective. Find it here.
One group of people that was not considered originally were vendors who accepted "bits" at the con, with the intention of redeeming them as actual money at the end of the con. Obviously with everything that happened, this did not take place. Vendors who have bits left over should use the Aid Request Form to apply for reimbursement. Note: This does NOT apply to attendees who bought bits, only to vendors that accepted them.
As part of the relief effort, the bronydoc guys have graciously offered 50 signed copies of the extended BluRay edition, for $100 each, with all the proceeds going towards #laspegassist. Check it out here!
No doubt a lot of you viewing the site and wanting to support those involved will want to know exactly where your money is going. CoderBrony, who is running the auction site, had this to say regarding the matter:
A recording of last night's Q&A session with Everfree Radio is available now on youtube. If you need in depth information on the events that transpired as well as rumour squashing, check out this video.
If you'd like to donate to someone in need without buying anything on the auction, you can use this form. As with the auctions, there is no middle man for your money. You will be given someone to donate directly to when all the recipients have been collated and, importantly, verified.
A spreadsheet has been created which is being updated regularly to help you guys track whats auctions are currently going on. Check it out!
Uh...yeah...kind of an odd one this. Show writer, Amy Keating Rogers, is auctioning off 3 shirts she wore at Unicon. She promises they've been cleaned (though I worry this may disappoint some people frankly).
Meghan McCarthy is also auctioning off a Derpy shirt here. So if you've ever wanted to experience the blood and sweat that goes into an MLP episode, check out the links above!
These are story cards used by Lauren Faust and Amy Keating Rogers to break the story for Applebuck Season and Fall Weather Friends. You can find them on the auction site here
Update: Auctions have now finished. They raised almost $3000 in total!
CoderBrony of the BronyThankYouFund, has set up a forum where you can auction items and buy other people's items to support the cause. Instead of money going to a central organisation, bidders will instead pay directly to a specific paypal account of a person in need of help.
You can find the site here