After couple cancel their wedding, woman throws party for homeless
INDIANAPOLIS — An Indiana woman didn’t want her canceled $30,000 wedding to go to waste, so she threw a party for the homeless.
A bus pulled up to the luxe event center on Saturday that Sarah Cummins had booked for the reception in Carmel, a suburb of Indianapolis. About a dozen veterans from a local organization were among the guests who dined on bourbonglazed meatballs, roasted garlic bruschetta and wedding cake.
She 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 in Carmel and a plated dinner for 170 guests.
Cummins said she decided that rather than throw away the food she would salvage some good from the occasion and contacted area homeless shelters. She cheerfully greeted and welcomed her guests when they arrived to attend the 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.
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.”
Like other guests, Allen said he was grateful for the invitation.
“For a lot of us, this is a good time to show us what we can have,” he said. “Or to remind us what we had.”
Three of Cummins’ seven bridesmaids, along with her mother and aunts, came to support her at the event.
Cummins said that when she approached her former fiance, Logan Araujo, about donating the dinner, he agreed to what he believed was a selfless way to handle the situation.
Sarah Cummins talks with men from Wheeler Mission at the Ritz Charles on Saturday. Cummins and her fiance called off their wedding a week ago.