Errant email brings Arizona man to stranger’s Vermont ski weekend


(WFFF) An email invitation sent to the wrong person will bring an Arizona man to Vermont this weekend for a bachelor party of someone he doesn’t know.

The over-the-top invitation to a ski weekend for Angelo Onello arrived in the inbox of William Novak of Phoenix, on January 7.

Novak, 35, didn’t know the person who sent the email — it was Onello’s brother — but he emailed back as a joke to say he was in. He never expected a response.

Instead, the other invited 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.

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 rationalizing spending $750 on airfare, ski rentals and lift passes.

So he started a GoFundMe page with the heading, “Help me go 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.

Novak told the party’s organizers that he’s not much of a drinker, which they said was OK because he could be the designated driver. 

When Novak learned that Angelo and his fiance are expecting a baby, a woman in Mesa, Arizona, where Novak works, made a baby blanket. His neighborhood in Phoenix is also sending a gift bag of locally made items.

Novak plans to fly into Boston and rent a car and drive to Okemo on Friday. He’s changed his route so he can pick up the beer in Brattleboro on the way.

“I’m just the sort of person who tries to be open to things,” he said.

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