Jilted bridegroom changes wedding into children’s charity event


Phil LaBoon was probably going through one of the most difficult periods of his life when he and his fiance decided to cancel their wedding at the last minute. Phil, a 32 year old internet marketer from Pittsburgh, USA, did not want to reveal the reason for the cancellation of his wedding.

However, he decided to see the glass half full and transformed all his wedding plans into a huge event for raising funds for sick children in support of Surgicorps. He even thought of a very witty name for the event – LemonAID, reminding us how life sometimes hands us lemons, but we can choose to make lemonades instead of being sour.

Mr LaBoon said, “That’s like life. I mean if something happens, you roll with it.”.

He further added that he was inspired by what Surgicorps is doing and he targets to raise at least $50,000 for the charity, which is the approximate cost of one of their medical missions. He explained in a press release: “Nothing I experience will ever be equal to the obstacles these kids face each day of their lives, I’m just glad to be in a situation where I can lend a helping hand.”

“Bad things happen,” he added. “But no matter the obstacles you face you have to keep working hard to turn the lemons in your life into lemonade.”

Tickets to the event cost $75 each and sponsorship options start at $150. Mr LaBoon was overwhelmed by the support he received when more than 800 requests came in from all over the country inquiring to buy tickets, with some even donating amounts of more than ten thousand dollars.

The mayor of Pittsburgh was one of the first to come forward in support of this effort by donating a luncheon to be auctioned off for the charity. Even Mr LaBoon’s mother, Kathy, participated in the event, praising her son, “‘I told him it was a great idea, a good way to turn it into such a positive. I was very proud of him for thinking of it.”

Phil LaBoon with his mother.

Surgicorps founder, Dr Jack Demos, initially thought that this was a joke, when Mr LaBoon first contacted him. He confessed, “I mean, no one does this. Then I felt like a bride, thank you very much!”.

Surgicorp founder, Dr Jack Demos.

And as the saying goes, what goes around comes around. Though Mr LaBoon has suffered a major setback in his romance life, but because of this event, he has received more than 500 new friend requests. The best part? Most of them are women with even mothers and grandmothers offering to match-make him with their daughters!

Mr LaBoon joked about this saying, ‘This fundraiser is my current fiancée or girlfriend. It’s not my wedding, but I’m sure it will be something I will remember for the rest of my life.’