V-Week 2017 attendance is low; sources say 125, but Clare claims 275

Nancy Salzman with Sara Bronfman at V-Week 2017.

Sources say attendance at V-Week is estimated to be around 125. One source said she believes there may be as many as 175. Last year’s V-Week attendance was estimated to be over 400.

NXIVM Corp. charges between $1750 to almost $5,000 to attend V-Week, depending on type of accommodations and how far in advance people pay. The fee includes room and board at Silver Bay Resort on the shores of Lake George, New York.

It is believed that a number of people were given free admittance several days before the event.

“Me and my friend noticed that the past few days there are some new faces, not a ton, but some new faces,’ said a source. “There are a lot of Mexicans here.”

In addition to those who may have been provided with complimentary attendance to V-Week, there are a number of temporary employees hired by Clare Bronfman to assist with the event. NXIVM budgets about $50,000 for temporary help during V-Week but an exact count of temps who are staying at Silver Bay is not known.

Photos of V-Week posted on social media show few people participating at V-Week outdoor events.

According to one source, Clare Bronfman claims there are 275 people at V-Week. Miss Bronfman maintains there are 230 adults and 45 children.

“I can’t say whether Clare’s figures are accurate,” said the source. “But last year I think there was about 490. There is definitely a big chunk missing.”

The number of people present at meals in the dining hall do not support Miss Bronfman’s claim of 275 people.

Here is a picture from a secret gathering of the Society Of Protectors at V Week.

The High Counsel of the Society of Protectors meet in the dining hall off the side where they can discuss their plans. The group is bound to secrecy about all their practices and activities.
Vanguard chooses not eat at the dining hall with the others at V -Week. The food served is exclusively vegetarian. Sources say Vanguard prefers to enjoy a well-balanced diet that includes meat.

A source familiar with NXIVM operations, said that, as of late June, about 175 people had made reservations for V Week. Following reports of Vanguard creating a master-slave group, with pubic branding and blackmailing women, about 40 people asked for refunds. NXIVM declined to refund any monies.

When asked about Miss Bronfman’s claim of 275 people, a source said, “bullshit.”

“The atmosphere is very weird,” said this same source. “Everyone knows there is something going on.”

Communications with Silver Bay remains difficult. Phone service is poor. Some people suspect that NIXVM may be monitoring email communications through the server they set up at Silver Bay and some may be reluctant to email reports which they can do freely at home

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There seem to be plenty of empty tables at V-Week. Sources say a number of new people are here who may have been given the opportunity to attend for free.
This photo of Nancy Salzman [left] with Sara Bronfman was taken yesterday at V-Week. Ms. Salzman has been given the name Prefect by Vanguard. Prefect holds morning coffee chats at V-Week where students may view her and learn wisdom from her in an informal setting.
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Lake George


Group photos at V-Week include only a few people. The women are reputed DOS slaves [l] Sylvie Lloyd and [r] Michelle Hatchette.

The dining hall at Silver Bay.

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  • In the meal photo it looks like an SOP meeting at the back there. I think I spotted Lucas Roberts and Justin Elliot but couldn’t make out the others. What are they standing for? A penance for participating in female mutilation? Douchebags. Every one of them.

  • I’m a sex slave. I’m having a psychosis. I’m experiencing PTSD. I have Herpes. There’s nobody here. Let’s all fake smile like psychopaths and pretend to be joyous in the lake. 😂

  • Looks like Nurse Nancy is speaking to Sara Bronfman Igtet. Sara should have stayed away from the US and in England. I hate to be the grammar police but it should be coffee Klatches not clutches. I dont recognize the men in the photo of 5 as anyone, i have seen around the KW compound but the women appear to be Sylvie Lloyd and Michelle Hatchette – both DOS slaves.

  • Can I just say, I love that you have sources there Frank. These pictures make me feel GREAT about what is happening to NXIVM. They deserve what is happening to them.

    There is NO WAY there is 275 people there.

    Last year there was also NOT 490 people, there was 375 tops and most of them were not there all at the same time. They counted people that did not show up and people that only came for VDAY.

    Right before Vweek they scrambled to get people enrolled, guilted people into being there. For the past 3 years Vweek numbers have declined each year.

    People were spending so much money on the Ultima courses, they were tapped out. They couldn’t afford Vweek last year, and that was before any of this shit hit the fan.

    So I LAUGH at this 275…it’s a bunch of BS.

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