Local Groom Dies, Family Won’t Get Full Refund
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Krissy Tofany and Jessi Foster were so in love they started 2010 looking forward to their wedding day.
The big day was Feb. 20, but two days before the wedding the unexpected happened. Jessi died from bacterial meningitis.
"They did everything for him but he passed away two days before the wedding, " said Veronica Truetle, Tofany's mother.
Truetle spent the following days comforting her daughter and dealing with the vendors who were hired for the wedding.
"Every vendor has been wonderful, except for Fontana's restaurant," said Truetle.
They said the other vendors gave the family a full refund, but Fontana's Catering service will only refund $500.
"I don't think that is fair," said Truetle.
Paola Navarro runs Fontana Catering and she said it's more than fair. Navarro said she is sympathetic and offered the family her condolences, but she said the catering service has already spent money on the wedding.
"The $500 (is) what's left after we paid for food, payroll and my time. I met with them six times," said Navarro.
The offer still stands, she said, but she's disappointed that Truetle would try to damage her business.
"I think that Paola should keep $300 for her time and refund the $1,300, because it would help Krissy," said Truetle.