Bride Donates $30,000 Reception To Homeless Locals After Calling Off Wedding

After calling off an extravagant wedding, this bride-to-be and her ex-fiance decided to donate the reception to homeless individuals in the area.

After calling off her wedding last week, to-be bride Sarah Cummins decided to donate the $30,000 reception to homeless individuals in the area. The extravagant reception, which was held at the Ritz Charles in Carmel, was non-refundable, which prompted Cummins to invite 170 lucky individuals to take advantage of the dinner.

The Indianapolis Star reports that Cummins and her ex-fiance Logan Araujo had been planning their dream wedding for two years, but due to reasons which were not shared, called off the wedding just one week before the event. Said 25-year-old Cummins who is a pharmacy student at Purdue University: “It was really devastating. I called everyone, canceled, apologized, cried, called vendors, cried some more and then I started feeling really sick about just throwing away all the food I ordered for the reception.”

Fortunately, nothing went to waste. Cummins discussed her idea with Araujo (whose family footed most of the bill), and he agreed that donating the event to individuals in need was a selfless way to handle the situation. She and event planner Maddie LaDow then got to work contacting homeless shelters in the local area to invite residents to the party.

According to the Daily Mail, at least a dozen veterans and other homeless guests dined on bourbon-glazed meatballs, roasted garlic bruschetta, chicken breast with artichokes and Chardonnay cream sauce, and wedding cake. The attendees dressed appropriately, thanks to local businesses and residents who donated suits, dresses and other items for the guests to wear.  Three of Cummins’ seven bridesmaids, along with her mother and aunt, helped Sarah greet all of the guests who attended the dinner.

Charlie Allen, who has spent the past three months at a homeless mission, said he was very grateful for the invitation, as did countless other guests. “For a lot of us, this is a good time to show us what we can have,” said Allen. “Or to remind us what we had.”

Commented Cheryl Herzog, the center development director for DaySpring Center (a homeless shelter), “I was so touched that Sarah had taken a painful experience and turned it into a joyful one for families in need. It is truly a very kind gesture on her part.” Herzog added that it is incredibly stressful to be homeless, which is why the gift is so extraordinary. “I suspect having the chance to experience a delicious meal with your family in a beautiful space like the Ritz Charles will be very special for them,” said Herzog.

Oftentimes, when weddings are cancelled, the food and planning go to waste. But the thoughtfulness on both Cummins’ and Araujo’s part resulted in a fantastic evening for many individuals and families. Cummins, however, doesn’t feel like she did anything special. She commented, “I will at least have some kind of happy memory to pull from. I wanted to make sure it would be the perfect wedding.” After the event was over, she left on her honeymoon to the Dominican Republic with her mom. “My ex-fiancé was kind enough to transfer his tickets to my mom,” she said.

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