||[Sep. 14th, 2006|12:23 am]
The Gathering of the Fellowship, Lord of the Rings
You ever going to reply to my last email back in June before your Toronto event this summer? I'm guessing your lack of response had something to do with a request for a refund...|
Heard it didn't go so well. Glad I didn't go. I'd still like my money back.
I don't know anything about the email and the refund, but I disagree that it didn't go well. I had an awesome time and so did many of my friends!! Sure, it wasn't as big as the previous Gathering, but for those who did attend, it was great!
Just so you know, Ed worked his butt off that week and made some personal financial sacrifices that kept the whole thing a possibility. I have much respect for the man and am sure that it was an unintentional oversight. He must have received hundreds of emails in June, perhaps if you send him another one, you'll have better luck. ;)
Hello Adam! I can see you are understandably frustrated by the lengthy wait for your refund.
I am positive Ed will see to it that all requests for refunds are honored. I am also sure that he is well aware that the patience he is asking for from those who are waiting is rather more than he would have liked. If you are short of resources and need your refund more quickly, please send me an email with the amount you are missing and your address to:
I don't have a ton to spare from my budget, but I would be more than happy to offer you your money back since you were unable to attend and enjoy the event with us. I would have been willing to pay twice the price in order to keep the Gathering going, anyway!
Heck, lol, I would eat nothing but Kraft Mac & Cheese for the rest of the year if I thought I could keep Ed from digging any deeper into his personal resources. I don't know him, but I feel I owe him for all he's done.
Personally, I couldn't be happier with how the Gathering turned out. I have so much respect for the caliber of dedication and fellowship demonstrated by the selfless organizers, generous guests, intrepid volunteers, and the vast majority of my lovely fellow attendees. The programming was outstanding and I was there for that and to meet like-minded folk. I am only more convinced than ever that Tolkien fans are without peer!
I believe that the continued efforts of dedicated volunteers will alleviate the outstanding costs of the event and also make it possible for a future event to take place. I do hope I will see you at the next one! You missed a wonderful experience.
Namarie & Namaste
Ed is not on this group, as far as I know.
Don't expect to hear from Ed. Ed won't even get back to us. I'm part of the team of Operation Gathering. We have been raising money through raffles (mostly of our own LotR collectibles and donations from others) to help pay off the programming debt. I have been sending him emails to let him know what has been paid off, but no response. Some gratitude, huh? LOL!!! Even though the Gathering had its problems, it still was fun. I'm sorry you didn't go. There were only about 300 people there, which made it an intimate convention. I went away with a lot of great memories! So, again, I hate to say it, but don't count on ever hearing from Ed. Heather
www.operationgathering.org (Not affiliated with Ed.)
Huh. And here you are trying to help cover expenses he helped incur. That's gratitude, I suppose.
300 sounds like a nice intimate con, but generally the kiss o' death for vendors in the dealers room (especially ones that do this for a living, like me). I saw the writing on the wall a few weeks ahead of time and wanted to pull out. Does "programming debt" cover dealer room refunds? ;)
I've written the experience off at this point. However, should I ever see his name associated with an event in the future...