For weeks, the suburban Seattle man found himself getting emails from people he didn't know about a bachelor party and a groom he's never met. He saw names of Philadelphia landmarks like Reading Terminal Market thrown around in the emails but couldn't put his finger on where they were located until he searched the names online.
"I had no idea what any of these places are," said DiJulio, 31, who's never been to the Northeast. "After Googling them, everything was pointing to Philadelphia."
It turns out DiJulio, an information technology worker and a married father of one in Burien, Washington, had been mistaken for a friend of the groom with a similar last name. He sat as a "fly on the wall" for much of the email chain until Monday, when he broke the news after the groom's brother wanted a headcount of people attending the party.
Joey finally told them all they had the wrong and although it might be funny to crash the party, he thought it would be a bit too much. But instead of being angry the groom, Jeff Minetti, invited him out!
Minetti asked him to come to the bachelor party in March and the wedding in May. And how else do you pay for that than with a GoFundMe account. In just a few days, Joey had enough money to fly out.
Why would Minetti do it? It's Philly.
"This is the city of brotherly love. Any and all are welcome."
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