Just like that, the Halloween party planned for the 340 residents at Asbury Court turned into a lavish banquet, with a sumptuous meal, elegant flowers, sparkling masks right out of a masquerade ball, and a disc jockey who kept the mood lively.
"We knew we weren't going to be getting our money back," says Harris, during a phone interview from Hawaii, where she followed through with her honeymoon trip. "So after doing damage control and not wanting anything to go to waste, we looked for somebody who would benefit from it, and we saw the retirement center."
Asbury officials still marvel over the turn of events, and of the selfless act by Harris. On Friday, they mounted a marquis sign thank you to Harris to show their appreciation.
"It was out of the blue; she knows no one here," says Eric Haugan, resident services director. "And yet when she came to the party herself, she had all these grandmas wanting to give her a hug. She just broke down."
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