Thanks to one mother’s enlightened thinking, a canceled wedding resulted in a huge feast for nearly 100 of Sacramento’s homeless on Saturday.

When Kari Duane learned that her daughter and groom-to-be would not be going through with the ceremony, she decided to put that $35,000 reception to good use by inviting families who were going through hard times.

The decision drew the diners to one of the California city’s best hotels.

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A grand total of 90 people—including parents with newborn babies— gathered at Citizen House hotel to dine on food from its four-star restaurant.

“When you’re going through a hard time and a struggle, for you to get out to do something different with your family is really a blessing,” Rashad Abdullah, a homeless man who attended the dinner with his family, told KCRA.

For the bride’s family and so many others, Saturday still turned out to be a night they’ll never forget.

(WATCH the video above from KCRA)