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Cancelled $30K wedding becomes dinner for Indiana homeless

INDIANAPOLIS—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 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 fiancé called off the wedding a week ago. She declined to give a reason, but she said they were left with a non-refundable 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.Article Continued BelowKatelin Decraene, centre, serves Trishell Crawford and her daughter Jacqueline Crawford salads at the Ritz Charles.  (Kelly Wilkinson)  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.”

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