Alpha costs money to run so your donations are greatly appreciated. Our costs include marketing expenses such as printing and the creation of videos. Although many people donate food for the Alpha meals, our food costs always exceed the amounts donated. In order to encourage Weekend Away attendance, Alpha charges less than the hotel rate for room and meal costs plus those in need are not charged anything to attend. And finally, music is a big part of Alpha and musicians usually cost money—sometimes a great deal. In summary, Alpha loses money each year so your donations do make a difference.