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Groom turns canceled wedding into charity event

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Posted at 3:01 PM, Sep 02, 2014
and last updated 2014-09-02 15:08:34-04

File this one under ‘when life hands you lemons…’

A would-be groom in Pennsylvania turned his planned reception into a charity event after his wedding was called off.

Phil LaBoon decided to turn his pre-paid reception into a charity ball to raise money for Surgicorps International, according to WPXI.

“We’ve had over 800 requests online from people to buy tickets, people willing to fly in, people wanting to support this. People donating tens of thousands of dollars,” LaBoon said.

Sunday’s event went off without a hitch. The doctor behind the program that treats children in developing countries said he was astounded when he first heard of LaBoon’s plans.

“I thought this was a joke. Nobody does this. Then I felt like a bride. Thank you very much,” said Dr. John Demos.