Several months ago, Phil Laboon asked the woman he thought was the love of his life to marry him. But, unfortunately, things didn’t work out for them and they called off the wedding. So Phil was left with a scheduled reception that had already been paid for — almost $20,000 of food, drink, and entertainment.

Instead of feeling sorry for himself, he decided to make the best of a bad situation, and used his prepaid wedding resources to host a charity ball.

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Selling out all the $75 tickets and taking additional donations online and at the party, Laboon and friends raised tens of thousands of dollars for the Surgicorps International, which performs free surgeries for children in developing countries.

The nonprofit has performed over 4,000 surgeries in over 18 countries and looks forward to being able to continue their mission thanks in part to the generosity of Laboon and all his guests.

Laboon explained…

It was obviously pretty heartbreaking for everybody involved. But this ended up becoming a really good scenario…. Bad things happen, but nothing I experience will ever be equal to the obstacles these kids face each day of their lives.

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