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Making LemonAid: A Canceled Engagement Turns into Social Engagement

After the breakup of his wedding engagement, Phil Laboon was faced with $15,000 to $20,000 of payments wasted on the wedding and reception plans for the Priory Hotel on the North Side.

Rather than cancel completely, Laboon saw door number two and took it. He kept his reservations, subtracted the wedding aspects, and was left with LemonAID, a charity event to benefit Surgicorps International

Surgicorps, which was founded by Dr. Jack Demos in 1994, provides free surgical and medical care to disadvantaged individuals around the world. Laboon hopes to raise at least $50,000 with the event. That's the average cost of a Surgicorps medical mission.