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After wedding called off, family throws feast for homeless


SACRAMENTO, Calif. — After a California couple called off their wedding, the bride-to-be’s family decided to turn the US$ 35,000 extravagant event into a feast for the homeless.

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The bride’s mother, Kari Duane, said Sunday that rather than cancel the reception, they invited Sacramento’s homeless for a once in a lifetime meal Saturday at the Citizen Hotel, one of the city’s finest venues.

KCRA-TV reports that single people, grandparents and whole families with newborns enjoyed a meal that included appetizers, salad, gnocchi, salmon, and even tri-tip sirloin. Some even dressed up for the occasion.

Erika Craycraft arrived with her husband and five children. She says her family often struggles to eat three meals a day.

She says the Duanes’ decision to share the banquet with the less fortunate was a “really giving, really kind” gesture.