In the true definition of a worst-case scenario, an unnamed California bride-to-be is reported to have called off her entire non-refundable wedding reception worth $15,000, after learning something about her fiance.
But Fox News details that she took the disaster and turned it on its head, donating the reception party complete with dinner, dessert, drinks, DJ, dancing, and photo booth to a non-profit called Parents Helping Parents which provides community support to parents with children who have special needs.
“It makes me feel grateful for the resilience and kindness of people—that this bride could do something so generous and thoughtful in the face of her own sadness is inspiring,” said Maria Daane, executive director of Parents Helping Parents (PHP).
Organizers at PHP sent out invitations for the “Ball for All” and had all the seats reserved 48 hours before the event. The bride had detailed the party was to be for all the special needs folks, from “0 to 100” and the gesture touched the hearts of all involved.
“Nearly everyone [there] was a young adult with special needs, their parent or a member of the care team,” Daane said. “Their joy and delight really told the story about how special and unique this event was—the moment the ballroom was opened, and we all filed into a beautiful candlelit room with tables draped in white linen.”
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Daane added that the bride’s generosity took the organization totally by surprise. She told Fox News that having worked her whole career in the not-for-profit sector, the most rewarding aspect is watching decent causes bring out the best and most altruistic tendancies in people.
The bride’s donation of her wedding reception is a cake topper in Daane’s long career of joyful moments.
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