Dan Comerford was determined to throw a big party for his wife Teri’s 70th birthday party and he knew he wanted it to be a huge surprise.

Since Teri really wasn’t looking forward to a big celebration since as most women feel, she wasn’t exactly thrilled about turning seventy on January 11th, he knew it would be even more fun for her to have all her friends with her on the big day.

So...on the evening of Jan. 10, members of her family and Sun Lakes friends filled the Sandwedge and waited for her arrival to spring the big surprise on her. The waiting at surprise parties and watching them as they arrive in amazement is always the best time of these parties.

It was decided that Peggy Laurel and Ursula Barrett would come up with some scheme to take Teri out to the desert and keep her busy for a day of lunching and shopping. Meanwhile about 5:30 p.m., the people began filling the Sandwedge and by the time Teri arrived , totally unaware except thinking she would be meeting Dan for an evening of enjoying the music of Bad Influence, everything was in place.

Dan got his wish and Teri was really surprised! As she walked in and saw her family and her friends waiting for her, she could not believe it. Then Ray, Lawanda and Bob of Bad Influence began playing “Happy Birthday” and the party began.

Teri’s children, son Rob Kesel and daughter in law Denise Kesel were there as well as her twin grandchildren Tanner and Kelsey from La Quinta. Teri’s brother Rich Bartholomew and wife Jo-Ellen from Lake Forest, and niece Melissa Insco and her husband James came in from Lake Forest. Terri’s high school friends Wayne and Marlene Steck were also here from Crestline.

Teri and Dan are one of those lucky couples who met on match.com and have a great story to tell. It seems that Teri had moved into Sun Lakes from Palm Desert and a month after that Dan moved in on December 30, 2004. The move made it necessary to change his zip code on his match listing. Happily, as a result of that change, Teri saw it and they met on Jan. 30, 2005 and were married on Oct. 27, 2005.

After enjoying their fill of pizza, the beautiful birthday cake was cut and the guests danced the evening away as they enjoyed the music of Bad Influence.

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