While we tried our best to make the registration reasonably priced, the overall cost of living in the San Francisco Bay Area has made it a big challenge. After we did widespread canvassing (getting cost information from numerous hotels, restaurants, caterers, venues, even food truck franchises, and other service providers for equipment, audio and logistics), we were originally compelled to set the registration fee significantly above $300. Because we wanted to keep the fee within a fairly reasonable range for brods and sisters, we committed to setting it under $300. Even with the registration fee set to $299, this won't be enough to cover expenses, which we expect potential sponsorships will make up for.
For Philippine-based brods and sisters, we decided to reduce the fee further down to $260, shouldering a bigger shortfall, in order to get more Philippine brods and sisters to come, because we'd love to see all of you in San Francisco in July!
For reference purposes, 2 recent reunions held in the United States were comparable to the 2016 reunion in San Francisco: the 2012 reunion in Las Vegas and the 2008 reunion in L.A. (The 2014 reunion was held in Manila and the 2010 reunion was part of a Caribbean cruise from Florida.) The registration fee for Las Vegas was $339 and the registration fee for L.A. was $300. Considering inflation over 8 years since 2008 in L.A., keeping the registration fee under $300 for the 2016 reunion was already a big step.
While staging an event in San Francisco is not an inexpensive exercise, the NorCal chapter is committed to giving all attending brods and sisters a wonderful time. Considering everything that San Francisco has to offer, we're definitely in a great place to start with!