A philanthropy event isn’t what Jenny Ly had in mind when she booked the Clubhouse at the La Mirada Country Club in California, but it turned out that way. The full-time student, who was engaged to her boyfriend of five years, recently decided to cancel the wedding–and at first, she was devastated.
“I could have just cried myself to sleep every night,” Ly told NBC Los Angeles. “But I’m trying to turn this bad situation into something else.”
Ly initially signed a $5,000 venue contract to hold the spot. That same venue that was reserved for her wedding will now be the event space for a cancer fundraiser.
Ly’s friends and family members have been supportive of her decision, and many are now even sponsors of the event, which will be held on August 28. All proceeds will go towards the American Cancer Society.
Ly’s family has been affected by the disease, inspiring her decision to collaborate with Relay for Life. Of course this isn’t what most brides-to-be plan for when they sign vendor contracts. However, on the rare occasion that the wedding date has to be canceled or moved — and vendors can’t accommodate the change — looking into hosting a charity event or donating the services elsewhere is a solid backup plan.
There are plenty of ways to give back when planning your wedding, take for example, The Knot‘s 2016 Dream Wedding couple, Devon Still and Asha Joyce. The couple created a charity registry in honor of Devon’s daughter, Leah, who fought and won against neuroblastoma, a nerve cell cancer. Their celebration raised over $30,000 that was donated to pediatric cancer research.
Tickets for Ly’s event are $25 dollars pre-sale and $30 at the door. For more information, visit the event’s Facebook page.