An Indiana woman who didn’t want her canceled $30,000 wedding to go to waste threw a party for the homeless instead.
On Saturday, at the swanky event center that Sarah Cummins had booked for the reception in Carmel, a suburb just north of Indianapolis, about a dozen veterans from a local organization were among guests who dined on bourbon-glazed meatballs, roasted garlic bruschetta and wedding cake.
Cummins told the Indianapolis Star that she and her fiance called off the wedding a week ago. She declined to give a reason, but said they were left with a nonrefundable contract for the Ritz Charles and a plated dinner for 170 guests.
Cummins said she decided that rather than throw away the food she would bring some purpose to the event, so she contacted homeless shelters in the area. She cheerfully greeted and welcomed her guests when they arrived to attend the Saturday party.
“For me, it was an opportunity to let these people know they deserved to be at a place like this just as much as everyone else does,” Cummins said.
Several local businesses and residents donated suits, dresses and other items for the guests to wear. Attendee Charlie Allen, who has spent three months at a homeless mission, received a donated jacket.
“I didn’t have a sport coat,” he said, tugging gently at the lapels. “I think I look pretty nice in it.”
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Source: The Guardian