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Family donate their daughter's four-course wedding dinner to 200 homeless people after nuptials are cancelled

An Atlanta couple have donated their daughter Tamara's cancelled wedding reception to the homeless. Carol and Willie Fowler were surprised when the lavish wedding they'd paid for was called off. But they decided to make the occasion joyous for a whole different group of people - 200 homeless individuals and their families. While its unclear what exactly put the brakes on the blessed union, Tamara attended the impressive event that was once supposed to be all about her in high spirits.

'We're very pleased that she's handling it so well,' Mrs Fowler told WBUR. '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.' Mrs Fowler contacted Elizabeth Omilami, the head of Hosea Feed the Hungry, and Atlanta-based homeless charity, after her daughter Tamara's nuptials fell through. Omilami said she thought Mrs Fowler was joking when she first told her the generous offer to give the less fortunate a four-course meal at the upmarket Villa Christina restaurant, complete with gold plates and crystal glasses.

Mrs Fowler said her family learned 40 days prior to Saturday's event they'd spend thousands on that there would no longer be a wedding. That's when they called Mrs Omilami. 'At first, I thought it was a prank call because it was such an amazing offering,' Omilami told WBUR. 'It was my husband's idea,' she told WBUR. 'We prayed about it. And when he woke up the next morning, he said, we're going to call Hosea Feed the Hungry and ask if we can donate it to the needy. I immediately looked up the number and called and spoke with Mrs Elisabeth Omilami, and in doing so, we partnered. And it was such a wonderful feeling.'

Mrs Omilami said she wanted to focus on children - as 70% of Atlanta's homeless are kids. She also thought a fine-dining experience would give them an opportunity to learn etiquette, which could come in happy as they get older. 'The passed hors d'oeuvres were very interesting because the children were wondering, could we take the whole tray or do we just take one off of the tray?' she said. 'So this was an educational opportunity as well because now they all know how to eat a four-course meal and the etiquette involved in that.'

The family named the event the First Annual Fowler Family Celebration of Love and are planning to host another one next year, getting sponsors involved. Mrs Fowler encouraged others do follow their example if for some reason they find an event they planned gets called off.'Events are canceled, and sometimes for unknown reasons. Do not 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,' she said.

by Anonymousreply 2109/23/2013

Did they show the kids how to toss the bouquet and slide a garter down a leg too?

by Anonymousreply 109/22/2013

I hope the chicken didn't taste like rubber.

by Anonymousreply 209/22/2013

Bet that restaurant was just thrilled.

by Anonymousreply 309/22/2013

Great story! Thanks for sharing, OP.

by Anonymousreply 409/22/2013

And when the party was over, the restaurant owner discovered all the silverware had been stolen along with all of the spare rolls of toilet paper.

by Anonymousreply 509/22/2013

Is there a vegan meal?

by Anonymousreply 609/22/2013

But did they have a cash bar?

by Anonymousreply 709/22/2013

"Oh waiter, is this goose or duck pate on my Cheetos?"

by Anonymousreply 809/22/2013

Nice story .... but if they knew 40 days before the wedding ?? Sorry, I'd have cancelled the reception meal and let them keep the deposit.

by Anonymousreply 909/22/2013

Douches. What business do they have giving food to homeless?

by Anonymousreply 1009/23/2013

I think that 40 days must be a mistake, they must mean 40 hours.

by Anonymousreply 1109/23/2013

It was 40 days and nothing was stolen. The restaurant is proud that they could participate.

by Anonymousreply 1209/23/2013

FUCKIN' awesome!

This goddamned world sucks ass with all the selfish memememememe first attitude, and I'm glad these people set their priorities straight.

If only more people thought like this. Good for the parents and good for the NOT bridezilla.

by Anonymousreply 1309/23/2013

[quote]Bet that restaurant was just thrilled.

This is why I need to be rich.

I would stalk Gwyneth Paltrow to a fancy schmancy restaurant and as she is in the middle of her meal, I'd pay to have the place seat all the local bums and bag ladies around her.

Then capture her expressions on video.

by Anonymousreply 1409/23/2013

[quote]her family learned 40 days prior to Saturday's event they'd spend thousands on


Glad to know the Brits aren't any better at grammar than we are.

by Anonymousreply 1509/23/2013

Why did they even need to pray on it? Would God have said no, don't do it?

by Anonymousreply 1609/23/2013

To earn your meal, I am simply aaking that each guest pick up the scissors and the engagement photographs at your seat and cut out the head of the son-of-a-bitch standing next to our lovely daughter. It will save our jilted Bride so much time.

by Anonymousreply 1709/23/2013

[quote] I immediately looked up the number and called and spoke with Mrs Elisabeth Omilami, and in doing so, we partnered. And it was such a wonderful feeling.'

Unless this is a peculiar way of saying that she and her husband had sex while she made the call, it's frighteningly creepy. If this is the extent to which she and her husband cooperate every so often, her marriage seems unendurable. She's thrilled to have looked up a number for him? No wonder their daughter's marriage plans fell through.

by Anonymousreply 1809/23/2013

The daughters wedding plans feel through because the groom is gay.

by Anonymousreply 1909/23/2013


I think their prayer was something along the lines of, "What the fuck are we gonna do?"

by Anonymousreply 2009/23/2013

"Let them eat wedding cake!"

by Anonymousreply 2109/23/2013
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