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Carol and Willie Fowler were stuck with paid-for catering, a venue, and entertainment, when their daughter called off her wedding. So, the Fowlers decided to host the Sept. 15 reception for the homeless of Atlanta instead.
"We went home that evening and my husband woke up the next morning and I was in the process of cancelling out the venue and he said, 'No, what we'll do is donate it to Hosea Feed the Hungry,'" Carol Fowler said, explaining what happened when their daughter announced her decision, according to ABC News.
Hosea Feed the Hungry thought that they were getting a prank call when the Fowlers first proposed their idea – it just seemed too good to be true. But soon they realized that the Fowlers were very serious, and on Sept. 15, they bussed 200 men, women, and children to the upscale Villa Christina.
The event was so successful that the Fowlers are planning to get sponsors and do it again next year, according to Daily Mail.
Carol Fowler said, "If we could just inspire one youth in that crowd to rise above the situation today and be a very responsible member of society tomorrow, that would be extremely rewarding."