As described here, a Georgia couple recently turned an unhappy circumstance into a benefit for many. When their daughter called off her wedding too close to the actual event to obtain a refund on the high end venue, food and entertainment, the Fowlers had the idea to donate the already paid for services to a charitable organization for the homeless called Hosea Feed the Hungry.
The charity bussed 200 homeless guests, including 50 children, to the posh event, which it called the Fowler Family Celebration of Love. No doubt the Fowlers felt the intrinsic reward of a good deed done and the event attendees enjoyed a night away from their daily struggles. But as an added benefit, the Fowlers can likely now use what would have otherwise been a total monetary loss as a charitable deduction on their tax return, thereby recovering a substantial portion of the out of pocket cost of the ill fated wedding.