I posted this on Facebook and KB asked that I post it here as well:
A weekend in Vegas or anywhere is going to cost money, no matter what changes we make. We now have some wonderful suggestions, so maybe now we narrow it down to what SPECIFICALLY do YOU want at the con that you would feel is worth the cost of registration, travel & lodging? An option to go to one or both events, a Gerry related special guest, any special guest, no special guest, Gerry related Friday themed event, Katie and Holly performing, less charity focus, same charity focus, more Gerry related auction/raffle items, better mix of Gerry and non-Gerry related auction/raffle items, a Thursday get-to-know-you pizza party, jewelry making, scrapbooking, a trip to the Shade Tree, another option if emotionally you can’t go to TST…etc.
If you’re comfortable doing so, provide the $ amount you would be willing to spend on a convention weekend including registration, travel and lodging. (Leave out raffle and auction expense. It’s an individual choice and NO ONE should feel guilty if they just want to come for the fun and not participate in the raffle or auction)
For the sake of anonymity you could PM your “wish list” to KB, being honest about the scenario that would bring you to Vegas in 2014. Obviously everyone doesn’t get what they wish for, but maybe it gives KB and the others in charge a better picture of our individual choices. Here’s an example:
$1200.00 amount I am willing to spend to go to Vegas. My wish list agenda is:
Pizza party meet & greet in hospitality suite with a Gerry trivia game for small, inexpensive prizes instead of a swag bag.
Craft workshop (jewelry making or scrapbooking with a nominal supply fee if appropriate) or a Gerry movie discussion group (share mementos, special collected items if desired)
Gerry movie-themed dinner (casual dress or themed costume)
Rising Phoenix Inspirational award presentation
Sam & Lynn Childers special guests
Music: Songbird, Katie & Aaron Hendra Project
Holly comedy routine
Proceeds go to Angels of East Africa
Shade Tree Visit
Tiffany Hendra motivational/style workshop
Formal/Semi Formal dinner
Event open to Vegas community (little or no Gerry references)
Two levels of raffle items and ticket price. Mix of Gerry items and non-Gerry items.
Music: Katie & Aaron Hendra Project
Proceeds go to The Shade Tree