updated 9/9/2006 1:50:41 PM ET 2006-09-09T17:50:41

A woman who learned six weeks before her wedding that her fiancé was cheating on her is turning her would-be reception into a charity benefit.

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“I’m really just trying to turn it around and make something positive out of it,” said Kyle Paxman.

Paxman, 29, had planned to celebrate her nuptials at the Basin Harbor Club on Lake Champlain on Saturday. When she found out about her fiancé, she called off the 180-guest wedding and the four-year relationship.

She and her mother canceled the band, photographer and florist, but learned they would not be reimbursed for the reception and block of rooms they had reserved. So they turned the reception into a benefit for the Vermont Children’s Aid Society and CARE USA, an international relief organization that aims to combat poverty by empowering women.

They sent out invitations to 125 women for drinks and a gourmet four-course dinner. In exchange, they hope the guests will make donations to the charities.

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