Hosts of a cancelled wedding donated an elaborate reception to Atlanta's homeless last Sunday.
Carol and Willie Fowler teamed up with Hosea Feed the Hungry, a local organization serving families in need, to turn the wedding-that-wasn't into the first annual Fowler Family Celebration of Love, feeding 200 unexpected guests.
"We're very pleased that she's handling it so well," Carol Fowler told Here & Now about her daughter. "She was also very delighted to see and know that others had an opportunity to enjoy something, rather than just allow it to go to waste."
Elizabeth Omilami, head of Hosea Feed the Hungry, told Here & Now that the children who attended the event will never forget it.
"The passed hors d'oeuvre were very interesting because the children were wondering, 'could we take the whole tray, or do we just take one off of the tray?'" Omilami said. "So this was an educational opportunity as well, because now they all know how to eat at a four-course meal and the etiquette involved in that."
Fowler had this message for other families:
"Events are canceled, and sometimes for unknown reasons. Do no allow that opportunity to go to waste. Call up your favorite charity. Give them an opportunity to use that for people that will not have an opportunity, perhaps in life."
- Carol Fowler, donated wedding reception.
- Elisabeth Omilami, CEO of Hosea Feed the Hungry.
This segment aired on September 20, 2013.