We at TES were heartbroken to have to cancel in-person programming due to the pandemic and resulting shutdown. During this stressful time, TES stayed committed to keeping our class content accessible. Instead of charging our usual class admission fees*, our online-only classes have been free since April 2020.
As the pandemic, and its resulting restrictions, drag on, our finances are beginning to stretch thin. In addition to losing funding from regular class fees, we were forced to cancel TES Fest 2020. As our largest event of the year, TES Fest not only offers our attendees a full weekend of education and play, but represents the biggest contributor to our annual operating budget.
While we’ve managed things so far by tightening our (leather) belts, we were recently informed that, due to matters beyond our control, our on-site storage for our bespoke kink furniture and other TES Fest equipment was no longer available. As a result, we’ve been forced to move all our equipment on extremely short notice. Due to the pandemic, we didn’t feel it appropriate to ask our usual volunteers for help with moving. As a result, we needed to secure a new storage and had to hire movers with professional-grade PPE and strict safety protocols at a cost of several thousand dollars. We’re happy to say things are now safe in their new home, though the expense of doing so has been a significant financial setback.
Since 1971 TES has provided education, arranged social activities, and given kinky people a place to be their true selves. We are now humbly asking our community to contribute to our GoFundMe to help us keep both TES and TES Fest financially viable.
If you’re able, please consider supporting us so that we can continue to serve our community and bring back TES Fest 2021 better than ever. As an additional thank you, anyone contributing over $50 will also be given a one-year membership.
In leather, latex, and love,
The Eulenspiegel Society (TES)
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