News:Serenity Woods saved from chopping block
October 29, 2007
Forest furs were first notified of problems on the 19th, when community leader Curt Pascal revealed that current land manager, Mako Minogue, had decided to move on due to "RL commitments." This change led to a decision by financier Kerwin Newall to sell the sim.
Staff decided a transfer should take place by the end of this month, in time with monthly tier (sim rental payments) due at the start of November.
Kerwin appeared to prefer a community purchase, offering the sim to its staff at no profit, and turning down at least one offer by a third party to purchase the sim outright. His initial offer, to finance the sim's purchase over six months, was refused as community leaders had no guarantee of getting their money back if they defaulted.
Not having the funds on hand, the staff appealed to the community as a whole for money. Many members donated significant amounts - some in the native Linden Dollar (L$), others in real-world currency.
Donations over US$50 earned an entry on a special dedication plaque. The largest donor, Harold Starbrook, gave L$65,000 (~US$235), while Curt himself put in US$200. A benefit fundraiser concert held in Luskwood raised the final L$65,000, putting Serenity Woods just slightly over the US$1925 needed.
As new owner of the sim, Curt's stated goal is "to preserve the community" with "an almost identical staff."