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Jilted Moorhead bride donates reception hall to disability organization

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A jilted Moorhead bride who lost thousands of dollars on what was supposed to be her dream wedding is making good use of the ballroom she rented for the reception, the Duluth News Tribune reports.

Michelle Marxen was reportedly getting ready to send out invitations when she got a call from her fiance, who told her the wedding was off. However, since contracts were signed and vendors have already been paid, Marxen lost all the money she invested in the celebration.

To make sure the reception wouldn't go wasted, Marxen donated the time she rented at the Crystal Ballroom in Moorhead to Creative Care For Independence. The organization, which serves people with disabilities, will use the ballroom Saturday to host a Halloween celebration for its clients.

"You can't heal if you're going to dwell on what could have been," Marxen told WDAY-TV.

CCRI's Jody Hudson told the channel that she was "speechless" over the donation, and made a call after she heard of the donation "to make sure it was for real."

"It was supposed to be my special day," Marxen told WDAY. "Now it's turning into their special day."

The station says Marxen plans on going to Las Vegas Saturday.

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