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Resident throws one 'gem' of a party

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January 29th, 2009
Room rental: zero dollars. Transportation: zero dollars. Dazzling 25 of your closest friends with a jewelry party: priceless. One of the refreshing perks of living at Wind Crest is the freedom residents have to explore and organize just about any event they re interested in and even bring people right on-site to attend. Such was the case for Priscilla Payne when she first entertained the idea of hosting a jewelry party at the Town Center Clubhouse. "I had been to one of these jewelry parties before and had a really good time, and I thought some of the women at Wind Crest might really enjoy it," says Payne. Room to spread out Realizing that having this sort of party in her apartment home would limit her to six or eight guests, Payne immediately thought of the clubhouse, where room rentals are free for resident-organized events. After booking the clubhouse classroom, Payne dropped in on Wind Crest Catering Coordinator Mia Baca, who helped plan snacks, including a giant fruit platter and fresh guacamole with chips and salsa. "There were some areas where I could have supplied my own food, but for me, this was much easier and the cost was very reasonable," Payne says. The classroom, which seats 30 or more comfortably, provided more than enough room for 25 women to socialize, browse displays, and try on all kinds of jewelry. "Some people were shopping for gifts, while others took the opportunity to treat themselves," says Payne. Weatherproof event "I wanted to do this for the ladies at Wind Crest, many of whom have become friends of mine," she says. "Some of them don t go out a whole lot now that the cold weather has arrived, and I thought this would be something they d enjoy." And although the weather turned out to be quite mild on this winter day, Payne is certain that the turnout would have been just as strong if there had been a snowstorm. "There would have been nothing to keep people from showing up," she says. Home, expanded When it comes to clubhouses, Wind Crest s is in a class by itself, says Director of Sales and Marketing Jason Atwell. "I often tell people who are cautious about moving from a large house to an apartment home at Wind Crest that they re not losing anything by moving here," he says. "People may have had 3,000 or more square feet as homeowners, but once they get here, they have 52,000 square feet of clubhouse to use."