What would you do if you get an inadvertent invite to a stranger’s bachelor party? Ideally, you’d either ignore it or alert the host to the mistake and forget all about it.
Joey DiJulio, however, is going to attend that party even if he has to fly thousands of miles to get there.
The 31-year-old resident of Burien, Washington, was mistakenly added to an email thread of some guys were planning a pre-wedding celebration for one of their friends. As any other curious person would, Joey read their conversation but never replied to any of them.
A few weeks later, brother of the groom asked everyone to RSVP to the bachelor party in Philadelphia. Joey discussed all of this with his wife and friends, who joked that he should crash the event, but since it was all the way over in Philadelphia, he thought an email would be sufficient and informed his unknown email buddies about the mix-up.
“So, I have no idea who any of you guys are, but I have been enjoying being a fly on the wall hearing about the plans for this bachelor party over the last few months,” he wrote in his email. “I live out in Seattle, WA and although for a moment I thought it might be funny to just show up and be that guy nobody knows but everyone wonders 'who is that guy?,' buying a plane ticket for a cross-country flight just to crash a bachelor’s party might be a bit over the top (although it would be epic!).”
Joey expected it all to be over but to his utter surprise, he got an email from the men in the group asking him to come to the bachelor party anyway. They even decided to pitch in $20 each so Joey could pay for his airfare. The groom, Jeff Minetti, then invited him to his wedding as well.
Touched with their generosity, the 31-year-old then started a GoFundMe page to help finance the trip. He set up a goal of $1,264 for flights and hotel, which he surpassed in less than 24 hours. He then increased the goal to $10,000, with hopes of giving the rest to Jeff so he and his future wife could go on a honeymoon to Italy.
“I want to turn this fun story into something that’s meaningful for them,” Joey said.