To Our AWU Attendees:
As the planned dates of AWU 2021 grow closer, it has put us in a very difficult situation where we must weigh and balance all the moving pieces necessary to hold not only a safe convention, but one which is enjoyable and “feels like home again”. We are encouraged by the distribution of vaccines, particularly in Utah, where it was made available to all residents on March 24, 2021. Cases, hospitalizations, and deaths continue to be on a net downward trend, and some limited sectors of the economy and life are approaching a true “new normal”.
Despite the positive news for many activities, large indoor gatherings continue to be a major area of concern-- particularly ones like ours, where close quarters and frequent interactions are the norm. Dances, headless lounges, fursuit parades, gaming, shows and other common staples of our conventions bring people together from all over the world, and these things cannot take place in a reasonable fashion alongside the precautions necessary at this time. The last thing we want to do is put on an event where you feel like you’re “stuck behind a pane of glass” and unable to freely engage in all the activities you know and love at conventions.
We thoroughly examined the possibility of postponing our 2021 event to later in the year; however, the number of events already making this move illustrates that it would be unwise to do so while still expecting the attendance necessary to sustain the convention. Given this and all other circumstances, the next iteration of Anthro Weekend Utah will now be taking place from July 15-17, 2022. The logistics of this will be noted below, but all text and policies are nearly identical to the announcement made a year ago (because the circumstances are, yet again, nearly identical).
All current convention registrations will be automatically moved to correspond to the 2022 convention dates. No action is required on your part to roll over your convention registration. Should the price of registration increase, you will not be affected by these changes.
If you would like to donate your 2020/2021 registration to AWU, we are very thankful for your generosity. To donate your 2020/2021 registration, please send us an email at email@example.com to let us know.
Should you feel inclined to help Anthro Weekend Utah cover any operational costs as we reschedule to 2022, you can donate here. We are incredibly thankful for your assistance. Any leftover funds from these donations will be donated to the convention charity, Wild Wonders.
There may be some of you who would like to elect to receive a refund. First and foremost: refunds are available for any attendees who wish to have one, no questions asked, as long as they are requested before April 9, 2021. With that said, however, we do want to be completely human and transparent with you: refunds hurt. Refunds really hurt for a growing convention like ours, where gratuitous financial overhead isn’t a possibility quite yet, and where some businesses we work with to make the convention happen can’t offer refunds either, only postponements. In short, all we mean to say is this: If it fits into your plans and circumstances, we deeply appreciate all of you who are willing to allow your registrations to transfer over to next year automatically. On the other hand, we know that yet another year brings new uncertainties and new plans, and it simply will not work for everyone to make it to AWU 2022. If this is the case, please send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org by April 9, 2021, and we’ll get things squared away with you. Please allow up to three business days for an initial response, and note that refunds may take multiple weeks to process due to the amount of time which has passed since initial registration.
Our convention charity, Wild Wonders, still continues to hurt due to many of their fundraising events and educational shows getting canceled by COVID-19. Wild Wonders is a state and federally-licensed and insured, 501(c)3 non-profit animal rescue and education facility. They provide a home for injured, displaced, non-releasable, and geriatric animals. If your circumstances permit, we encourage you to donate what you would have donated at the convention, plus any extra you would like to (responsibly) offer. The portal for donating to Wild Wonders is combined with the portal for AWU donations, and you can find it here.
Regarding hotel reservations, our hotel unfortunately does not have the capability to transfer existing block bookings to next year, which means we will be forced to open a brand-new empty block. Due to this, all original (2020) hotel bookings through the Hilton Garden Inn will be automatically cancelled. Because we know how frustrating it is to get a hotel room, lose it, and be forced to re-book, we will work around this hotel limitation by first sending out a private block link by email to all individuals who had a hotel room before our 2020 cancellation announcement was issued. This process will once again begin with Alphas and dealers, old or new, followed by all existing reservations from 2020/2021. The block will then be re-opened to all attendees thereafter. Please keep an eye on social media later this year for updates on new hotel block openings.
Now that the convention has been officially postponed until next year, our adapted transfer/refund policies are now in effect. This means that you have until April 9, 2021 at 11:59PM MDT to make your decision regarding your AWU 2020/2021 registration. If you will be letting your registration automatically roll over to next year, you can relax; no action on your part is required. If you didn’t catch the adapted policies when we first shared them, you can review them under the "Revised Refund Policy" tab on this page.
There are many pieces which make up the puzzle of a convention; have a look below at any categories which may apply to you as we roll everything over to next year.