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Groom turns canceled wedding into a successful fundraising event

By Mason White 2:25 PM August 31, 2014
Phil Laboon 

By: Devansh Dutt
(Scroll down for video) A groom refused to get sad over his failed wedding.

Rather than losing his deposit, he turned the night into a successful fundraiser.

32-year-old Phil Laboon of Pennsylvania, was about to get married and had spent about $15,000 for his reception.

The reception was scheduled to take place at The Priory in Pittsburgh. However, according to Laboon, “Things just did not work for one reason or another, so I called off the wedding at the last minute.”

He was unable to get his money back so he decided to use the night for a good cause, transforming his reception into a charity event for an organization that provides free surgeries in developing countries.

Laboon said that the event was sold out at $75 per person and is expected to raise about $50,000 from ticket sales and raffle donations collected for Surgicorps International.

Laboon called his charity event “LemonAid” for the old adage about making lemonade when life gives you lemons.