|11-03-2009, 03:46 PM||#1|
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Join Date: Jun 2003
Location: Southern New Jersey
Amazing story of Generosity. Jilted Bride throws party for seniors
This was a lovely story. Some times I need stories like this to remind me that people are still really good souls.
Teanne Harris, bride jilted at altar, turns Halloween-themed wedding into party for senior citizens
jilted bride turned her heartache into a Happy Halloween for hundreds of senior citizens.
Teanne Harris, who lives outside of Chicago, was supposed to walk down the aisle Saturday when her fiance suddenly got cold feet.
And when Harris and her mom went to retrieve their deposit from the suburban catering hall where the reception was to be held, they were told it was too late.
Sitting in the parking lot sad and depressed, Harris was commiserating with her mom, Bari, when they glanced over at the Asbury Court Retirement Community across the street - and a light bulb went off in their heads.
"It was a hurtful time for her," said Mary Eichenfeld, the resident services director at the facility in Des Plaines, Il. "They were just sitting in their car and decided to make something good out of the disastrous situation."
Instead of letting a Halloween-themed wedding reception go to waste, Harris, 34, and her mom decided to move the festivities across the street.
"She came in one day and said she wanted to make a donation," said Eichenfeld. "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."
By all account, the bash was a blast. The wedding DJ played oldies. The tables were decked out with candy jars and feathered masquerade masks. The banquet hall served up a senior-friendly meal. And the guests dressed up as everything from Dracula to Raggedy Ann.
As for the bridal bouquet, Harris had it placed in the chapel of the old folks' home.
"She came to the party and while I saw her smiling, I'm sure she was feeling pretty bad," said Eichenfeld.
Harris's mom, Bari, said she too felt sad for her daughter but glad she could give the seniors a treat.
"Yes, there's mixed emotion," she told the local CBS station. "It could have been a lot worse, just sitting at home, knowing that nothing was used."
Harris was believed to be en route to Hawaii on Monday and could not be reached for comment. Her intended, who is identified on her on-line wedding registry as Matt Harker, did not return a call for comment.
"That was supposed to be her honeymoon, but she's going alone," said Eichenfeld. "I say good for her. I hope she finds a nice guy who deserves her."
Way to go Teanne!!
"I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear."~ Nelson Mandela
|11-03-2009, 03:49 PM||#2|
Join Date: Jan 2008
What a great story!! She took an absolutely horrible situation and made the best of it - awesome! I bet those folks all had a great time.
And I'm glad she decided to go on her 'honeymoon' trip, too - good for her!
|11-03-2009, 03:49 PM||#3|
I really do have to get a life!
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Join Date: Apr 2001
I just popped in to see what's was going on with the CB and saw this story, how wonderful! That is a girl who truly has a generous heart. Good for her I hope she has the time of her life on her trip.
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|11-03-2009, 03:58 PM||#4|
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Join Date: Aug 2004
Is it amazing!!!
This is my grandma's retirement home it was SO cool! I still can't believe it but I know first-hand how touching it was!
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|11-03-2009, 05:02 PM||#5|
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This is such a great story!
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|11-03-2009, 05:16 PM||#6|
BUT YOU NEVER SAID THEY HAD TO BE WEARING SHOES!!!
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: New England
Wow! Good for her! He SO did not deserve her! What a great heart she has!
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|11-03-2009, 05:25 PM||#7|
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|11-03-2009, 05:33 PM||#8|
We'll remember when...
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Join Date: May 2001
Amazing! Talk about taking a bad situation and making it into something good.. We need more people like that - looking outside of themselves and what they can do to bring joy to the lives of others..
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but the waves washed it away.
I wrote your name in the sky,
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So I wrote your name in my heart,
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for all the life we've had
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|11-03-2009, 05:33 PM||#9|
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Tearing up with happy tears.
I say good riddance to the almost groom! She deserves soooo much better. I hope she gets it. Sounds like the groom didn't pay for half of anything.
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|11-03-2009, 07:17 PM||#10|
do something that MATTERS!
Join Date: Mar 2001
Good for her!
If there is justice in the world she will meet the man of her dreams on her honeymoon LOL ok maybe soon thereafter
That guy will never know what a loss he sufferred!
|11-03-2009, 07:23 PM||#11|
Join Date: Sep 2000
Location: Planet Earth
What a wonderful story, bittersweet but wonderful! Life's too short to waste on people who don't treat you right, like the bride groom.
|11-03-2009, 07:54 PM||#13|
i feel like i'm going to explode if i don't get it out right that second!
Join Date: Aug 2005
what an incredibly generous thing to do! good for her! i hope she finds the man of her dreams, someone who truly deserves her. any man would be lucky to have a woman with such a caring heart.
|11-03-2009, 07:56 PM||#14|
"Always let your conscience be your guide."
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Toilet paper must come over the top!
Join Date: Sep 2005
Teanne is too good for the turd. Hopefully, she'll meet someone worthy of her.
|11-03-2009, 08:18 PM||#15|
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Thanks for sharing that...
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