How one cancelled wedding reception turned into a massive fundraiser (VIDEO)

Sep 3, 2014 at 12:45 p.m. ET
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Grooms call weddings off all the time, but most don't go ahead with the reception. Then again, most of those grooms aren't Phil Laboon.

The internet marketing company CEO made the best of a sucky situation this weekend when he transformed his wedding reception into a charitable fundraiser, People reports.

"Things just didn't work out for one reason or another and so I ended up calling off the wedding pretty last-minute," he explained to WTAE Pittsburgh.

The actual wedding was cancelled, but Laboon's reception was already paid for, so after consulting with some friends he decided to turn the party into a fundraiser and "turn the lemons that I got into lemonade." More precisely, LemonAID, the name he gave his fundraiser.

The charity of choice? Surgicorp, an organization that assists with medical costs for underprivileged children in third world countries. Laboon's goal was to raise $50,000, the average cost of a Surgicorp medical mission, and we're excited to see if he met his goal.

Seeing the silver lining in his situation definitely helps put things into perspective for Laboon. "It makes it almost feel like it's not the worst thing in the world that I had to cancel a wedding," he told WTAE.

Aww, we wish there were more great guys like this around. And it seems women agree with us. People reports that Laboon has received more than 500 Facebook friend requests from females since his story was released. Maybe he'll have a happy ending after all.

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