An Indiana woman decided to donate her $30,000 wedding reception so she 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 decided to give the wedding reception to people who could really benefit from the wedding a week ago.
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.”
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. Guests dined on chicken breast with artichokes and Chardonnay cream sauce and wedding cake.
Cummins, a 25-year-old Purdue University pharmacy student, said her 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.
Cummins said that when she approached Araujo about donating the dinner, he agreed to what he believed was a selfless way to handle the situation.