Making Lemonade

I wanted to pass along the story of a woman who took the most awful, embarrassing, humiliating day of her life and turned it into something beautiful. From ABC 7 Chicago:

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.

A bus pulled up to the swanky event center on Saturday that Sarah Cummins had booked for the reception in Carmel, a suburb north of Indianapolis. About a dozen veterans from a local organization were among the guests who dined on bourbon-glazed meatballs, roasted garlic bruschetta and wedding cake.

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 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, who’s 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. Guests also dined on chicken breast with artichokes and Chardonnay cream sauce and wedding cake.

What a decent thing to do. Good on her.

4 comments… add one
  • Janis Gore

    I read this. Heartwarming and generous of spirit.

  • CStanley

    Indeed. Without knowing more details it might be unfair to say this, but I can’t help but think that her ex fiancé will regret the missed opportunity,

  • Janis Gore

    He’s probably such a jerk that he’s cross because such a thing is beneath him. But you never know.

  • Guarneri

    I wonder if it’s THAT Cummings.

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