Family looking for refund after pandemic cancels baby shower

Posted at 7:51 PM, Mar 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-25 13:01:06-04

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — Non-essential businesses in New York State are closed. For one family, that means an event they paid hundreds of dollars to put together is now off. The next step is trying to get their money back.

“It is a fear with the baby. Is this the life he’s going to be born in? Are things going to go back to normal?” said Tanonia Peters, soon-to-be grandmother.

The Peters family was excited to welcome new life, but the COVID-19 pandemic brought some concerns.

“I don’t have anything for him. There’s no diapers on the shelves, there’s no wipes on the shelves. I’m worried, am I going to be able to have stuff for my child?” said Deja Peters, the first time expectant mother.

They were planning a baby shower for April at Main Events Banquet Hall in Buffalo, hoping the gifts they received would fill that need.

But Main Events had to close its doors last week, canceling future events, including the baby shower. The Peters want a full refund.

“Considering that we’re not working....you have $850 of our money and you haven’t done any services for us, we would like to have that money back.” said Tanonia Peters.

7 Eyewitness News reached out to Main Events Banquet Hall to get their side of the story. They sent this statement.

As for the Peters, they're working on moving forward.

“We’re just gonna wait it out and see what we can get or what’s out there. Reach out to family members and do what we can,” said Tanonia Peters.