Applaud Compassionate Bride


Target: Michelle Marxen

Goal: Applaud bride who compassionately donated her dream wedding to a disability center, even in the face of her personal hardship.

A North Dakota bride, Michelle Marxen, recently donated her wedding celebration to Creative Care for Reaching Independence (CCRI), an organization that empowers individuals with disabilities to live as independently as possible in supported living arrangements. Michelle’s fiancé canceled their wedding plans on the day the wedding invitations were to be mailed out, changing his mind about the marriage. When the reception vendors couldn’t cancel the arrangements, Michelle and her family decided to donate it all to CCRI for a huge Halloween bash on October 19, the day she was supposed to be married.

“What was supposed to be my special day will now be their special day,” Michelle said. Despite the heartbreak and disappointment she experienced, she made a big difference to people with disabilities in her decision to donate her reception party plans to CCRI made a big difference for people in her community. Adults with disabilities are often forgotten, making Michelle’s choice to donate such a big gift to them a touching gesture, and surely something the residents at CCRI will never forget.

Commend Michelle Marxen for making such a grand donation in spite of the tough time she was experiencing.


Dear Michelle Marxen,

Thank you for your generous donation to the Creative Care for Reaching Independence (CCRI) organization. I am very sorry to hear about your change in wedding plans, as I can imagine how heartbreaking and disappointing that must be. But your decision to donate your reception party to adults with disabilities, so they can have a memorable party, is commendable and honorable. I applaud your ability to turn a difficult situation into something positive.

Your generosity will surely be remembered for a lifetime, making a big impact on the lives of the adults with disabilities involved with CCRI. I wish the very best for you in the future, that your kindness will return to you tenfold!


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Photo Credit: Dr. Wendy Longo via Flickr

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  1. Michelle – you are a true class act. I wish great things in your future 🙂

  2. Deborah Gerhardt says:

    You are a wonderful person,and some man other than the one who walked away is going to be real lucky to have you.I just know good things will come your way.

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