I've been toting up the expenses and income of the Tonopah Westercon Bid, and it appears that the bid's income (pre-supports of various types) is within $20 of how much it cost to put on the bid in direct out-of-pocket expenses, including renting the Con Suite, buying food and drink, taking out advertising, and buying blank t-shirts, transfer paper, round stickers, and printable magnets for the premiums, plus the cost of building the dice cage. It does not include any indirect expenses, like the multiple trips to Salem and and Portland to buy shirts, supplies, and parts, plus of course our own expenses to attend the convention itself — that's the bid committee's own contribution, you might say.
(If we were a 501(c)(3) organization, it would be worth our while to total those various indirect expenses because they'd be counted as "cash charitable contributions," but since the bid is not a tax-exempt non-profit, it's not worth it.)
Thank you so much to all of you who pre-supported the Tonopah bid at any level. It turns out that the generous people who took advantage of our post-election offers of "post-supporting" and "post-apocalyptic" memberships put us over the top, so to speak.
I plan to publish a detailed breakdown of the bid's income ($395 total) and expenses once I'm sure we've actually accumulated all of the out-of-pocket receipts and records.