I know at the end of the day it makes no difference to what actually happened, but to correct something:

It appears, from reading about this situation on other blogs, can't recall who exactly, it was someone in the industry who was involved with Gen Con, that they didn't directly turn the money down, they actually said before the event that they didn't want to be the beneficiary.

Same result at the end of the day; just as stupid, but a little politer.