Cancelled wedding becomes dinner for homeless


July 17, 2017
Janice Williamson-Cox (left) hugs Sarah Cummins as she and others arrive at the Ritz Charles to enjoy a reception on Saturday. Cummins called off her wedding and decided to invite the homeless to enjoy the reception. (Kelly Wilkinson/The Indianapolis Star via AP)


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

A bus pulled up to the swanky event centre on Saturday that Sarah Cummins had booked for the reception in Carmel, a suburb north of Indianapolis.

About a dozen veterans from a local organisation 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.

Several local businesses and residents donated suits, dresses and other items for the guests to wear.