91 days and counting!

We are now only 91 days away from our event, and wanted to get a bunch of information out to you to make sure that you are up to date with the latest news!

  • Site reservations:
    We have a very long wait list, and still have a LOT of folks who are sitting on sites without purchasing their tickets!  Effective July 1st, it is mandatory that you purchase your ticket within 7 days of making your reservation at Bethpage, or your reservation will be cancelled and you will be moved to the end of the waiting list.  This policy has been updated to allow us to ensure that the folks who are committed to the event are able to attend. The ability to attend, and to use the camp site discount, is limited to ticketed event attendees.  If you have a site, and do not have a ticket, please be sure to either cancel your site, or purchase your ticket.
  • Buddy Sites:
    Due to the size of the RV sites at Bethpage, it is possible to add a second RV to your site.  So, if you have a friend or family member on the wait list, you can put them onto your site as well to ensure they can participate.  There are several requirements for this, however:
    • Each RV on the site will have water/sewer and either 50A or 30A service
    • We will NOT put anyone onto your site without the express permission of the person holding the reservation: you won’t get a surprise!
    • The individual MUST ALSO BE A GRAND DESIGN OWNER – this is not an invitation to bringing in non-GD RV’s – sorry 🙂
    • Bethpage requires a reservation on both sides of the site, and each RV will register with the event as separate tickets,
  • Tickets:
    Remember, ticket prices go up August1st!  If you are on the waitlist prior to August 1st, we will honor the ticket price that was in place when you were added to the list – just reach out to us at wagonmasters@gdmarally.com and we will work with you to make that right.
  • Refunds:
    Please remember that the policy is and has always been that there are no refunds.  While an unpopular policy, it is necessary, since the organizers do not work for Grand Design – we are everyday owners like everyone else.  The purchase of the tickets funds the things like supplies, meals, swag, etc.  The most important part to remember is this: NO ONE MAKES ANY MONEY ON THIS EVENT.  We wagonmasters pay our own way, and all the money collected goes to our charity – Portsmouth Fisher House – and to run and support the event.  In the event that you will be unable to attend, your ticket fee will go to support the Portsmouth Fisher House.

    We understand that this may be a bothersome policy, particularly given the size of the donation we made last year to Fisher House. But it is important to note that nearly all of that donation was due to the fundraising of the members, as well as donations from our event sponsors.

We are hard at work to make sure that this is a fun (and SAFE) event for everyone – please look out for additional communications in the near future!


Bob, John, Ashley, Gary, and Alicia
WagonMasters
wagonmasters@gdmarally.com

Status update – May 29th, 2020

Current Stats as of May 29th, 2020
Sites Reserved: 301      Tickets Sold: 265      Total People: 698
First and foremost, we hope that this message finds everyone safe and healthy.  With all that has been going on in our world, we have been focusing on family, and now that things seem to be improving, it is time to get back to work on the rally!

We have gotten many questions regarding the status of the rally – and we will do everything we can to keep the rally on schedule.  We may have to make some changes to how we do different things, but our focus will be on putting on a safe event.

We currently have a wait list of 50(!) people as of today, and we are working through the reservation list to see how many have had changes in plans.  Once we have a better idea of that, we will have a better idea of whether we can open up spots.

As a reminder, if you have a site reserved, you must have a ticket.  If you currently have a site reservation and do not have a ticket, please go to https://gdmarally.eventbrite.com/?ref=ecount and purchase one.  If you do not purchase a ticket, you risk forfeiting your reservation, per the purchase rules.  If you have any extenuating circumstances, please reach out and we will review those requests on a case by case basis (if we have akready spoken, don’t sweat it, we’re still good)

Things from here on out will start to accelerate in terms of planning, and we will do our best to communicate more often!

If you have any questions don’t hesitate to reach out to us at wagonmasters@gdmarally.com!

Check Presentation to Portsmouth Fisher House!

On December 14th, 2018, myself, John and Colleen Ashley Cleary had the chance to meet with the Portsmouth Fisher House, the staff, the families and the Salty Dogs MRC to deliver the donation that everyone in this group was so generous in contribute to. To meet the families, to learn about the inner workings of the Fisher House Portsmouth, and how much of an impact the generosity of this group will have on the families of service members who need us to be there for them when they are here for us made me feel very very proud of this group for putting their all into our contribution of $20,000.

It’s easy for anyone to go through their day without realizing the needs that others face on a regular basis. But everyone in this group not only voiced their support but demonstrated it thought their generosity.

When you show up, and the message and donation you bring with you brings the facility manager to tears, literally, you know you are doing something powerful.

I can’t express how proud I am of everyone in this group, and the gratitude I have for my 2019 partners GaryandAlicia Pennick and Ed Kilburn who helped make this event actually possible. To the many volunteers who helped just because they thought it was the right thing to do and because they believed in our mission – Colleen Ashley and John Gerald Cleary, Michelle and Bryan Sheckler, Christina Sneddon, JJ and Carol Joscelyne, Mike and Carol Jones Bushneck, Annette Nordhorn Trombley, Jodie and Heidi Bates, Dave Thompson, and many others who helped in large and small ways – you are incredible! Huge thanks go out to Grand Design RV ( Emily Stahley, Greg Cody, JD Adams, Thomas Gropp, Tom Holt, Megan Stacy, Taylor Fenech, Jerry McCarthy as well as the amazing techs Douglas Brian VanSciver and Michael Witt!) for their support, and for our other sponsors and vendors, as well as everyone who took the time to meet someone new, welcome someone new, take the time to share experiences, or jump in to help solve a problem.

I am excited as we look to the possibilities in 2020!

Bob Perciaccante, WagonMaster

Registration is now open!

We are glad to annouce that registration is now open! That said, please read ALL the following before you do anything!

Please go to the 2020 rally page – http://www.gdmarally.com/rally2020/ – and read all of it – it will outline what steps you need to take in order to register for the event. It is important that you remember to call to reserve your site and then go and purchase your ticket at http://www.gdmarally.com/rally2020/register/

If you have any questions don’t hesitate to reach out to us at wagonmasters@gdmarally.com!

Update on 2020 progress

We have repeatedly said “hang in there, it’s coming, hang in there” when it comes to the opening of registration for the 2020 rally, and repeatedly we have run into a wall. Our attempt to move to a new ticketing platform (Eventzilla) has proven to be problematic after failing several validation tests – so we need to move to another system. This will delay us, but it is more important to do this RIGHT than FAST – I am sure you would agree (I would certainly hope you would).

There are a few other developments – We are trying to work through a process to help groups get spaces together. We have a rough framework in place, but it will have some caveats – once we have the process pinned down, we will make it available to everyone through the formal channels – email, website, and Facebook.

We have gone through the year-end financials, and we are proud to announce that the total donation we will be making to the Portsmouth Fisher House will in fact be more than we initially thought! We will be donating $19,000 to support their operations, up from the initial estimate of $17.500. We are super excited to be able to increase our donation amount! We have hit a logistical snag – the initial plan was to deliver the donation to them on December 14th, but due to several circumstances, that won’t be possible – so instead of making them wait for us to be able to get the travel worked out, we will be sending the donation to them, and scheduling another date to meet with them down the road. Frankly, it is more important that they have the donations in their hand for the holidays. (On a side note, if you wrote a donation to Fisher House on a personal check, that will be sent to them in that delivery, and a request for a tax receipt will be made then so you will be able to claim it on your taxes).

As always, thank you for your feedback and for your support – we are committed to keeping you up to date with what is going on, but should you have any questions, don’t hesitate to reachout!

Preparing for launch…

In preparation for opening up registration, we have created content that will help you be more prepared when you go to purchase your ticket, with an overview of the information we need, as well as information that you can help us with when you sign up. For more information, check out the Rally 2020 page at http://www.gdmarally.com/rally2020

And the changes keep coming

As a result of the event survey, there are a bunch of things in the mix!
– We have now redone the website to make it mobile friendly
– We have incorporated a new Newsletter system to make it easier to stay up to date
– We are working on the remaining informaiton to close out 2019 and start sharing info on 2020

Stay tuned, as there are a number of things that will be good news to a lot of you!

Facebook Group URL Change

Please note that the URL for the Facebook Group is changing to “http://www/facebook.com/groups/gdmarally”. If you have any saved links, please be aware of this change. In the event you are not able to find the group, you can search for it in Facebook, or follow the navigation link on the right side of this page, “Find us on Facebook” to take you there.

Thanks for your understanding!

Minor update – Additional Details on cruises, addition of tasty treats!

Quick update, for those who have asked:

Sunset Cruises:
If you are interested in the cruise, we ask that you arrive at the Welcome Center approximately 4:30pm, with a departure approximately 4:45 for the dock. The drive takes approximately 25 mins, and the cruise is about 90 minutes. The van will return to the resort approximately 8:00pm.

Funnel Cakes:
One of our members will be making funnel cakes at their site, #64. All proceed from these yummy treats will be donated to our charity, Portsmouth Fisher House!

Welcome Letters and more formal communications will be coming out later this week. These communications will be sent via email, and posted here as well, so look for a message announcing this information!

T-Minus 13 days and counting…

We now are 13 days from the start of the event, and as always, even as things have been hectic, they are slowly coming together in a good way!

The schedule has been further refined – please check out, and bookmark, http://gdmarally.com/rally2019/schedule and check the latest times, and activities you would like to participate in!

Vendors/Sponsors: We will need any materials you would like packed in the swag bags delivered no later than Friday, Oct 4th! If you are not likely to be able to get them to us by then, please get in touch ASAP by email at wagonmasters@gdmarally.com

See everyone soons!