(I missed this good-news story back in October. It’s just too good not to share.)
Six days before Teanne Harris was to walk down the aisle, her fiancé called off the nuptials. And when Teanne and her mother went to the catering hall to cancel the reception, they were told their deposit was nonrefundable. That’s when Teanne noticed the Asbury Court Retirement Community across the street.
So instead of letting a Halloween-themed wedding reception go to waste, Teanne, 34, decided to move the party to the retirement home. “I don’t think she knew anybody here, and we don’t get offers like that. So we were thrilled and so were our residents. It came out of the blue,” Mary Eichenfeld, the resident services director of the facility in Des Plaines, IL, told the New York Daily News.
More than 300 residents from the retirement home attended the party. Video from WBBM, the local CBS-TV station, showed seniors, some in masks, some in full costumes, including a cowboy and Raggedy Ann, dancing and enjoying swing music.
Teanne Harris put on a brave face and attended what should have been her wedding reception but declined to speak to reporters. Harris had her bridal bouquet placed in the retirement home’s chapel. “She’s an angel,” Eichenfeld told WBBM. Ana Rojas, a resident of Asbury Court, praised Teanne’s generous donation.