A man whose wedding was called off at the last minute has turned the potentially heartbreaking situation into an opportunity to help others.
Phil LaBoon, decided not to wallow in misery after he and his bride suddenly decided not to tie the knot for reasons he chose not to disclose.
Instead, the 32-year-old turned the post-wedding reception he had already paid for into a fundraiser cleverly called ‘LemonAid’ raising thousands of dollars in aid of Surgicorps, a charity that benefits sick children in developing countries.
Tickets to the event, where guests feasted on gourmet appetizers and sipped on free cocktails, cost $75 each. Sponsorship options began at $150.
Mr LaBoon explained in a press release: ‘Nothing I experience will ever be equal to the obstacles these kids face each day of their lives, I’m just glad to be in a situation where I can lend a helping hand.
‘Bad things happen,’ he added. ‘But no matter the obstacles you face you have to keep working hard to turn the lemons in your life into lemonade.’
And even Mr LaBoon’s mother Kathy joined in the festivities, proudly singing her praises of her son’s fast-thinking ways.
‘I told him it was a great idea, a good way to turn it into such a positive. I was very proud of him for thinking of it,’ she said.
Mr LaBoon may have been unlucky in love once, but it looks like he may well get a few dates out of his charity benefit.