United States woman turns cancelled $41000 wedding into party for the homeless

Elias Hubbard
July 17, 2017

Cummins, a 25-year-old Purdue University pharmacy student, said her ex-fiancé, 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.

Sarah Cummins had paid USA $30,000 (AUD $38,000) for the nonrefundable wedding reception for 170 people.

Though Ms Cummings preferred not to say why she called off the nuptials, she told the Indianapolis Star newspaper, "it was really devastating to me". She then said she felt really sick at the thought of throwing away the food she had ordered for the reception.

The Purdue University grad student chose to donate the reception to several homeless shelters in IN and invited them to dinner at the venue on Saturday night.

Cummins chose to have the same reception, using the same centerpieces she and her mother painstakingly made together.

She is arranging for buses to pick up people from the shelters and them to the venue.

After consulting her ex-fiancé, she chose to invite the area's homeless population to feast on a menu of bourbon-glazed meatballs, goat cheese and roasted garlic bruschetta, chicken breast with artichokes and Chardonnay cream sauce and, finally, wedding cake.

Working with the hotel's event planner, Ms Cummings is rearranging the tables at the reception so there is no head table for the couple or gift and cake tables.

On Saturday evening, residents from homeless shelters in Indianapolis and Noblesville shuffled into the Ritz's enclosed garden pavilion dressed to the nines in clothing donated by community members. But, she wanted to serve the wedding cake to guests.

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

Three of Ms Cummins' seven bridesmaids, along with her mother and aunts, supported her at the event. She cheerfully greeted and welcomed her guests when they arrived to attend the party.

"I will at least have some kind of happy memory to pull from".

"I was so touched that Sarah had taken a painful experience and turned it into a joyful one for families in need". I'm nervous, but I feel like it will be really good strength building for me.

"I'm happy through my grief and also Sarah's that she was able to make a selfless and very thoughtful decision in such a hard time", Araujo said.

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