Gateway FurMeet

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Gateway FurMeet is an annual furry convention in St. Louis, Missouri, USA. The convention's mascot is a Clydesdale named Clyde.

2014[edit]

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The first Gateway FurMeet took place at the Hampton Inn – Gateway Arch in St. Louis, Missouri, USA,[1] over April 18-20, 2014.[2] PeacePaw Yote was guest of honor,[3] and the theme was Wild Wild West (Gateway to the West).[4] The meet had 211 registered attendees, and 62 participants in the fursuit parade. $1455 was raised for convention charity Stray Rescue of St. Louis.

2014 venue[edit]

The convention had originally been planned to take place at the Millennium Hotel[5].

On November 21, 2013, Keyla Otter posted on the convention website:

   
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We were informed this morning that the The Millennium Hotel St. Louis will be unable to host our event in April 2014. On January 22, 2014 the hotel will be closing their doors and will cease all operations indefinitely. While this is bad news as we hoped to make that hotel our convention’s home for many years to come, it is absolutely not the end of Gateway FurMeet! Our Hotel Liaison is already working hard on getting us a new home for the convention in cooperation with the Millenium Hotel. We absolutely intend to hold our first convention on the dates that have already been planned, and for the same cost.[6]
   
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On November 26, 2013 Keyla Otter posted "We have some excellent news on the hotel front. We have contacted several hotels to find out if they will be able to host Gateway FurMeet, and we have several options to investigate further."[7]

On December 25, Keyla posted

   
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We have been through some tough times this year but we have managed to put together a great holiday gift for our attendees – a new hotel! We have just signed a contract with the Hampton Inn – Gateway Arch in downtown St. Louis, only a few blocks away from our previous location. Our new hotel is just as close to the action in the downtown area, including the Gateway Arch and Busch Stadium.[8]
   
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2015[edit]

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Gateway FurMeet 2015 took place May 8-10, 2015 at Hotel Lumiere. The theme was "Clydezilla", a cross between Godzilla and GFM's mascot Clyde.[9] The Guest of honor was artist/animator Clawshawt.[10]

Attendance was 223,[11] with 50 participants in the fursuit parade. The convention charity was Five Acres Animal Shelter, for which the convention raised $2,051 ($620 in the charity auction, $431 from the donation box and raffle, and $1,000 by the convention itself).

2016[edit]

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Gateway FurMeet 2016 took place over May 13-15, 2016[12] at the Hotel Lumiere. The theme was "'40s Swing",[12] and the guest of honor was Rachael Bock.[13]

Attendance was 208, with "around 50" participants in the fursuit parade. Five Acres Animal Shelter was once again the convention charity, for whom the convention raised $1083.20.[14]

Staff[edit]

Gateway FurMeet Team on the convention website lists:

   
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References[edit]

  1. "Hotel" on the Gateway Fur Meet website. Retrieved December 26, 2013
  2. "About Us" on the Gateway Fur Meet website. Retrieved May 5, 2013
  3. "GOH" on the Gateway Fur Meet website. Retrieved May 5, 2013
  4. Main page on the Gateway Fur Meet website. Retrieved May 5, 2013
  5. "Hotel" on the Gateway Fur Meet website. Retrieved May 5, 2013 (no longer current)
  6. Important Hotel Update posted November 21, 2013 on the Gateway Fur Meet website. Retrieved November 22, 2013.
  7. Hotel Situation Update posted November 26, 2013 on the Gateway Fur Meet website. Retrieved December 1, 2013.
  8. Happy Holidays! posted December 25, 2013 on the Gateway Fur Meet website. Retrieved December 26, 2013.
  9. GFM Update, posted November 22, 2014 to the Gateway Fur Meet Facebook group.
  10. Honored Guests on Gateway FurMeet website (retrieved 02/23/15)
  11. "GFM 2015 Summary" - posting on the Gateway FurMeet website. Dated May 11, 2015. Retrieved May 12, 2015.
  12. 12.0 12.1 Tweet on the Gateway FurMeet account on Twitter. Dated November 6, 2015. Retrieved November 6, 2015.
  13. Honored Guest on the Gateway FurMeet 2016 website. retrieved May 14, 2016.
  14. Facebook post on the Gateway Fur Meet group, dated June 14, 2016. Retrieved June 14, 2016.
  15. http://gatewayfurmeet.org/gateway-furmeet-team/ Retrieved April 22, 2014.

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