Quinn Duane got an unpleasant surprise just one week before what was supposed to be the most wonderful day of her life. Her fiancé got cold feet and called off their wedding. Everything was already booked and paid for, and Duane's parents decided it would be a shame to waste it. So they invited the city's homeless to share in the $35,000 meal.
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With less than a week to go before the big date, the bride's mother, Kari Duane, invited homeless people from the city of Sacramento, California, to enjoy the cancelled wedding feast. The event was held at the Citizen Hotel with food catered by the Grange, one of the city's finest establishments.
The Duanes would have hosted 120 friends and family for a meal that included appetizers, salad, gnocchi, salmon and steak. Instead, they hosted 90 of the city's homeless, many of whom were families with young children who rarely get to enjoy a night out on the town.
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"To lose out on something so important to yourself and then give it to someone else is really giving, really kind," Erika Craycraft, who attended the event with her husband and five children, told KCRA-TV.
While Quinn preferred to stay out of the spotlight for the meal, her mom greeted guests and took some pleasure in the fact that a moment that went so wrong still had such a positive ending.
When asked about her daughter, Duane said, “I feel a lot of heartache and heartbreak for her, but I will take away something really good from this, I will.”
And Duane will have plenty of time to help her daughter get over that heartbreak. The two are headed to Belize this weekend to enjoy the non-refundable trip that would have been the young couple's honeymoon.