Canceled wedding turns into a banquet for homeless people


    Quinn Duane called her mother to tell her that her
    wedding wasn’t happening, that the groom-to-be got cold feet and woman
    and her husband, who had spent $35,000 on the wedding reception, were
    shocked. It was supposed to be a beautiful banquet at Sacramento’s
    Citizen Hotel,
    overlooking the city skyline, and the deposits had already been paid.
    Instead of calling off their daughter’s wedding, the Duanes decided to
    keep the reception. But it wasn’t the original 120 guests who came
    Saturday – they invited a different group of guests – the Sacramento’s
    homeless population – to a free, extravagant meal. The family said they
    thought it was the right thing to do.

    “When I found out on Monday that the wedding would not be taking place,
    it just seemed like, of course, this would be something that we would do
    to give back,” Kari Duane tells KCRA News.

    The first to arrive was a woman who lives in a shelter for those who
    can’t afford rent but are too old to work. Then, more came. The room
    began to be filled with children, individuals, families, even newborns.
    The menu included salad, cauliflower, gnocchi, salmon, and tri-tip,
    similar to the food served at the hotel’s four-star restaurant, The
    Grange. According to one homeless guest, it certainly beat the food
    prepared at homeless shelters.

    “I think it’s very generous actually to lose out on something so
    important to yourself and then give it to someone else,” says Erika
    Craycraft, a homeless woman who came with her husband and five children.

    The meal was a joyful occasion from their typical endeavor to serve three meals a day.

    “When you’re going through a hard time and a struggle, for you to get
    out to do something different with your family, it’s really a blessing,”
    Craycraft’s husband, Rashad Abdullah, says.  

    Quinn Duane, the would-be bride, did not attend, instead opting to stay
    home with her friends. On Sunday, she and her mother will go to Belize
    on what would have been her honeymoon.


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