Can­celled $30K wed­ding be­comes din­ner for home­less

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - WORLD -

IN­DI­ANAPO­LIS — An In­di­ana woman didn’t want her can­celled $30,000 wed­ding to go to waste, so she threw a din­ner party for the home­less. A bus pulled up to the swanky event cen­tre on Satur­day that Sarah Cum­mins had booked for the re­cep­tion in Carmel, a sub­urb north of In­di­anapo­lis. About a dozen vet­er­ans from a lo­cal or­ga­ni­za­tion were among the 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 she said they were left with a non-re­fund­able con­tract for the Ritz Charles in Carmel and a plated din­ner for 170 guests.

“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. Cum­mins said she de­cided that rather than throw away the food she would bring some pur­pose to the event and con­tacted area home­less shel­ters. She cheer­fully greeted and wel­comed her guests when they ar­rived Satur­day.

Sev­eral lo­cal busi­nesses and res­i­dents do­nated suits, dresses and other items for the guests to wear. Cum­mins, a 25-year-old Pur­due Univer­sity phar­macy stu­dent, said her ex-fi­ance, Lo­gan Araujo, footed most of the bill for the wed­ding con­tract, with Cum­mins and her par­ents, along with one of Araujo’s fam­ily friends, pay­ing the rest.

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