Wed­ding gift

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A woman didn’t want her can­celed $30,000 cer­e­mony to go to waste, so she threw a din­ner party for the home­less.

IN­DI­ANAPO­LIS — An In­di­ana woman didn’t want her can­celed $30,000 wed­ding to go to waste, so she threw a din­ner party for the home­less.

About a dozen vet­er­ans from a lo­cal or­ga­ni­za­tion were among the guests who dined on bour­bonglazed meat­balls, roasted gar­lic br­uschetta and wed­ding cake.

Sarah 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 non­re­fund­able con­tract for the Ritz Charles in Carmel, a sub­urb north of In­di­anapo­lis, 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.

Char­lie Allen re­ceived a do­nated jacket.

“I didn’t have a sport coat,” he said. “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.”

Cum­mins, a 25-year-old Pur­due Univer­sity phar­macy stu­dent, said that her ex-fi­ance, Lo­gan Araujo,agreed to the do­na­tion.

Cum­mins said she is not sure yet what she will do with the wed­ding dress.

“It's too painful to think about.”

Guests dined on bour­bon-glazed meat­balls, roasted gar­lic br­uschetta and wed­ding cake.

Cum­mins

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