Man Turns Called-Off Wedding Into Charity Fundraiser

| by Jonathan Wolfe

Phil LaBoon’s wedding was called off at the last minute. But instead of sulking over the situation, he took it as an opportunity to contribute to a good cause.

With the would-have-been bride out of the picture, LaBoon turned his scheduled wedding reception into a charity event. He sold tickets and donation packages for Surgicorps, a charity that sends medical aid to children in undeveloped areas overseas.

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“I decided instead of just letting it go to waste at the last minute ... we just tried to come up with an idea real quick,” LaBoon told WPXI.

When a friend mentioned the old adage about turning life’s lemons into lemonade, LaBoon was struck with the perfect name for the event: LemonAID.

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“That’s life,” LaBoon said. “If something happens, you roll with it.”

Tickets to the charity event cost $75, and donation options started at $150. Laboon said over 800 people contacted him about attending the event.

“Nothing I experience will ever be equal to the obstacles these kids face each day of their lives,” LaBoon said in a press release. “I'm just glad to be in a situation where I can lend a helping hand.”

Surgicorps founder Dr. Jack Demos was on hand for the fundraiser and says he was blown away by the support.

“I thought, this is a joke,” Demos told WPXI. “I mean, no one does this. Then I felt like a bride, thank you very much!”

Judging by pictures, the event looks to have been a huge success. Though the proceeds from the night went to Surgicorp, LaBoon admits he got a little something out of the fundraiser, too: date offers.

The newly-single LaBoon says he’s received hundreds of messages from women in recent days, including some “from moms or grandmothers looking to set me up with their daughters or granddaughters.”

Not a bad consolation prize.

Laboon says the event turned a sad twist in his life into a positive experience he’ll never forget.

“This fundraiser is my current fiancée or girlfriend,” he said, smiling. “It's not my wedding, but I'm sure it will be something I will remember for the rest of my life.”

Sources: WPXI, MailOnline