By Sandra Birungi
A couple called off their wedding and with all that free food, they decided to feed 200 of their homeless people.
The daughter of Carol and Willie Fowler, Tamara was set to get married at the Villa Christina catering hall, when the wedding was called off 40 days before the event.
The Fowlers, as any parent, were upset to hear the news since they had prepared a lavish gathering, also fully paid. Instead of just letting all that money go, they invited 200 of the city’s homeless to feast on the four-course meal that would have been part of Tamara’s wedding reception.
They called Elizabeth Omilami from the Hosea Feed the Hungry organization for her help in getting the group together. Omilami at first thought it was a prank.
The would have been bride, Tamara also attended the event, adding, “She was also very delighted to see and know that others had an opportunity to enjoy something, rather than just allow it to go to waste.”
Children make up about 70 percent of Atlanta’s homeless, so to make the dinner more fun for them, a clown was hired for their entertainment. The event was titled “The First Annual Fowler Family Celebration of Love,” and the family says it plans on hosting another charity dinner next year.