Jeff – I’m sure you know the maximum payout for amateurs is $750. The event is not about that. In reference to ‘keep driving the price up’… this event cost $425 in 1999 (20 years ago now). We only go up when our costs go up.
We are a non-profit organization. Every dollar of your entry goes directly back into this event. So yea, aside from our less than lavish salaries and an office to answer the phone, we do this for $0. Most years are in the red.
We are thankful to be able to do this for everyone and proud of what we are trying to make it become; even when sometimes it comes with tough decision making (what this thread’s topic begin as).
To anyone who ever has questions or constructive criticism you are welcome to chat with us 24/7 about your own situations privately.
For now I will be closing this topic to shift the conversation to 2020 and how we are excited to take all feedback to make the event bigger and better yet again.