Had everything gone to plan, Phil Laboon would be getting married this weekend.
Instead, following a broken engagement, the Pittsburgh marketing exec is turning lemons into LemonAID, a charity event that's putting all his prepaid wedding expenses to good use.
Laboon says he paid somewhere between $15,000 and $20,000 for a wedding reception at Pittsburgh's Priory Hotel on Sunday. Now, instead of the reception, the location will host a fundraiser for Surgicorps International, a nonprofit that provides surgeries and medical care for needy children mostly in developing countries.
"Bad things happen," Laboon added in a statement on the event's website, "but nothing I experience will ever be equal to the obstacles these kids face each day of their lives."
"I'm just happy I can help," he said.