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Family turns reception into feast for the homeless after wedding is called off

After the groom called off a wedding in Sacramento, the bride-to-be's family instead had a feast for the city's homeless at the planned reception.
/ Source: TODAY

When a family in Sacramento, California, received the devastating news that their daughter's fiance was backing out of their wedding at the last minute, they decided to make the best out of a tough situation.

With $35,000 in deposits already paid, the family of bride-to-be Quinn Duane, 27, decided to throw a party anyway and give a group of homeless citizens a feast that was originally intended for the wedding's 120 guests. The Duane family invited the city's homeless to Sacramento's Citizen Hotel on Oct. 17 to enjoy the food and drinks while Quinn Duane stayed home with friends during the difficult time.

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“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,” Quinn's mother, Kari Duane, told NBC affiliate KCRA. "I feel a lot of heartache and heartbreak for her, but I will take away something good from this, I will."

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Adults and children from the city's homeless shelters enjoyed the lavish meal of appetizers, salmon, tri-tip steak and dessert. A day later, Kari and Quinn went on a trip to Belize that was supposed to be the couple's honeymoon, which was non-refundable.

“To lose out on something so important to yourself and then give it to someone else is really giving, really kind,” Erika Craycraft, who enjoyed the meal with her husband and five children, told KCRA.

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