Bride-to-be gets help after banquet abruptly closes

PLYMOUTH MEETING, Pa. - April 18, 2014

As we told you last night on Action News at 11, the venue where she was planning to get married, The Four Seasons Banquet Hall in Norristown, abruptly closed its doors. But now, several business owners are stepping in to help out.

The bride-to-be is not the only one left with questions.

Gina Neve wants her $500 deposit back. She said, while pitching the location, the caterer never mentioned a possible eviction.

"He really talked it up good for himself," Neve said.

Former waitress Maria Wilkinson said it was a busy place.

"They had Baptisms, they had First Holy Communions here, they had a large group of graduation parties here," Wilkinson said.

On Thursday night, Action News viewers met distraught bride Donna Thompson, who got a terse call from the caterer.

"[He said,] 'I can't cater your wedding' and he hangs up," Thompson said.

Thompson lost the $1,000 deposit for the May 25th reception.

After hearing the report, Audrey Thornton of the American Women's Heritage Society was moved.

"What a horrible thing to do to somebody, knowing that's the business we're in, we never want that to happen here. When I heard them say they were looking for a facility, I said let's offer it to them," Thornton said.

The offer included the discounted use of the facilities of the Historic Belmont Mansion in Fairmount Park. Thornton is with the non-profit that operates the picturesque venue.

Others also offering to work with Thompson include a Delaware County banquet facility Bella di Notte located in Edgemont.

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