Email prompts man to attend stranger’s bachelor party

MONTPELIER, Vt (AP) — An email about a bachelor party sent to the wrong person has led to an Arizona man taking a trip to a Vermont ski resort to attend the party of someone he doesn’t know this weekend.

William Novak of Phoenix got the email on January 7 about the ski weekend for Angelo.

He didn’t know the person but the party with its over-the-top invitation sounded like a good time so he emailed back as a joke to say he was in. Novak, 35, about the same age as the others invited, expected to get no response or one recognising his humour.

Instead, the party-goers from New Jersey and New York agreed that Novak should join the fun.

“When they wrote back and they were like ‘if you’re serious, we’re serious, get here’ I was blown away. I just started cracking up laughing. I was like ‘oh my gosh, these guy seem insane,’” he said. Likewise, Angelo Onello’s brother, who sent the email, appreciated his humour.

“It started as a joke and ended up being probably a good mistake,” said Devin Onello, who said he and Novak have hit it off ever since.

Novak, a father of a 10-month-old who with his wife has spent much of their savings on renovating their old house, had a hard time rationalising spending USD750 on airfare, ski rentals and lift passes so he started a GoFundMe page with the heading, “Help me go to the bachelor party of a stranger.”

By the time he and his family had eaten dinner that day, his trip was funded.

He’s only skied once — at age 14 on a church trip — but said he’s up for the adventure.