Groom Turns Canceled Wedding Reception Into Epic Charity Event

Phil Laboon was supposed to get married this weekend in Pittsburgh. But well, stuff happens and sometimes totally altruistic, big-hearted, and -- dare I be shallow and say it -- handsome men get their weddings called off. So the 32-year-old was faced with a conundrum: drown his sorrows in tequila all weekend -- okay, that's probably what I would do and not what Laboon suggested -- or think of those who have even bigger problems than lost love and turn his pre-paid reception into a huge charity fundraiser.

Laboon, who is a CEO of an Internet marketing company, won't go into detail about why his wedding was called off. He had the idea to sell tickets to his reception and donate the proceeds to Surgicorps International, which provides plastic surgery to children who were born with birth defects or disfigured from burns.

He even came up with a super-cute name for the event: "LemonAID," which reminds us to make lemonade when life gives us a bunch of lemons. His efforts have helped create quite a few buckets of lemonade: he expects to raise about $50,000 from ticket sales.

This is the part where you're probably wondering why a person who is capable of doing something so sweet could still be single while Chris Brown is out there scoring beautiful women. And the only answer to that is that the world is a strange place where absolutely nothing makes sense. The follow-up answer to that is: he won't be single for long. Laboon has already received 500 Facebook friend requests, mostly from women or moms and grandmothers looking to set up the young ladies in their family.

So, there you have it. Things don't always work out in life and especially love, but as Laboon proves, how you handle them is often the most important thing of all.

What do you think about this groom's idea to turn his canceled wedding party into a fundraiser?


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Phil LaBoon

Thanks for the coverage! By the way I hope my cake would have turned out better than that :)

thelo... thelonebuffalo

Phil, what you're doing is awesome. We need more people like you in this crazy world.

TNRCa... TNRCatLady

Love this! He sounds like an amazing guy. I love hearing stories about people taking something negative and turning it into something positive. I love the charity he chose as well. Since I was burned when I was younger these types of charities are incredibly special to me. I have a feeling this guy will end up with someone equally awesome in no time!

nonmember avatar Type1Mom

What an awesome way to turn a sucky situation into something amazing!! Says a lot about this guy.

Phil LaBoon

Thanks everyone! If you want to learn more about the cahrity check out their FB! 

Lando... Landon2012

I think it's very creative and kudos to him for caring about children in need of medical care. If only there were more people out there like him. His ex future bride sure missed out on a good man.

cherylam cherylam

Thank you for being a great man in a world of so many not so greats. Your kindness & generosity will certainly be noticed everywhere.

nonmember avatar gsmomma

What a great guy. Not only did he raise money for this charity but I'm sure awareness also. And he won't go into detail or bashbthe ex like everyone else does now a days. That in itself says a lot about him. Good luck to you in the future and hope you find the love of your life

Kediset Kediset

welp... hope he has better luck next time o:

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