Indiana Couple Cancels Wedding, Donates Reception to the Homeless

Maureen Collins | July 17, 2017
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Sarah Cummins went through every bride-to-be's worst nightmare. She and her fiancé canceled their wedding after planning the lavish $30,000 event for two years. 

The 25-year-old pharmacy student from Indiana was understandably devastated. But as she was calling vendors to cancel, one particular detail made her feel even worse.

"I started feeling really sick about just throwing away all the food I ordered for the reception," Cummins told the Indianapolis Star.

The banquet at the Ritz Charles hotel in Carmel, Ind., was non-refundable. So, Cummins and her ex-fiancé Logan Araujo decided to take their heartbreaking situation and turn it into something positive by donating the banquet to the homeless in the Indianapolis area. 

Cheryl Herzog, the development director at the Dayspring Center, was overjoyed at Cummins' invitation to her clients. 

"I was so touched that Sarah had taken a painful experience and turned into a joyful one for families in need," she said. 

On Saturday, Cummins and her family were joined by around 150 people at the banquet. Buses picked up the guests and a local business even donated suits and other formal attire for the occasion. 

Herzog told the Star that this will be the only chance many of the guests will have to experience a fancy dinner like this.

"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," she said.

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