SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — The displacement of more than a dozen brides-to-be across Central New York has sparked some unbridled generosity.
After 70 years in business, Wysockis Manor, a wedding venue on Lakeshore Drive in Cicero, informed their 2020 bookings they’d be closing at the end of the year.
“I’ve called multiple venues, I’ve been up every night since and to be honest, it’s just been an absolute nightmare,” said Ashely Szymanoski.
Like many of the brides-to-be impacted by the closure, Szymanoski knew her options were limited, so she put out a call for help. The response on social media was almost immediate.
“I found out I was actually tagged over a hundred times on Facebook. Different brides, different venues,” said Lindsey Cole, Director of Social Catering at the Marriott Syracuse Downtown.
“Of course, our first thought, because we have seen this has happen before, was how can we help these brides,” said Melissa Oliver, Director of Sales and Marketing.
Hours after hearing the news, venues like the Marriott Syracuse Downtown, the Fireside Inn in Baldwinsville and the Sheraton at Syracuse University offered to match the rate and date (if available) for each of the more than dozen brides.
The team at the Sheraton at Syracuse University reached out directly to Szymanoski after seeing her plea for help.
“I cried on the phone. I was so relieved. The response from the community has been overwhelming. It’s just been the biggest relief ever and I got to sleep last night,” said Szymanoski.
Szymanoski and her fiance, Randy, both diehard SU fans, are now looking forward to having their weekend just steps from the Carrier Dome.
“It’s what Syracuse is really good at, coming together to help,” said Oliver.
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