Joe wins the Grand Prize

By Christo­pher Oak Reinier

        Out by the road a lady in a tat­tered dress sat on a bench talk­ing and ges­tur­ing in an anx­ious way to no one in par­tic­u­lar. She didn’t has­sle the peo­ple com­ing into the Der­by Day Par­ty, just sat there very agi­tat­ed and talk­ing to her­self. The peo­ple had come to show off their hats, lis­ten to music, drink mint juleps, vis­it with each oth­er, wager play­ful­ly and watch The Ken­tucky Der­by Race on the big screen in the Rio The­ater. But the real rea­son they had come was to donate mon­ey to sup­port the work of West Coun­ty Com­mu­ni­ty Ser­vices, the work it does for the more vul­ner­a­ble and less advan­taged in our com­mu­ni­ty. The ser­vices the Agency pro­vides include coun­sel­ing, shel­ter, food, employ­ment resources, edu­ca­tion­al and social sup­port for the unem­ployed, the home­less, at-risk youth, low-income Seniors — peo­ple some­times sit­ting out­side…

        While the hats were judged, the mint juleps tast­ed, the music enjoyed, the race won, Michelle at the recep­tion table went out and asked the lady whether she would like some food. Yes, she said, and Michelle got her a plate of the good food.  The lady set­tled down as she ate. It was obvi­ous she had been very hun­gry.

        It’s how it is.

pic of best theme hat on lady

With a horse on the top and ros­es on the brim, best hat on the theme

pic of outrageous hat with bottle on top and corks on the brim

Most out­ra­geous hat with bot­tle on top and corks on the brim

pic of lady with glamorous hat

The Most Glam­orous Hat

pic of winner of bet on horse race

She picked the win­ner!

pic of gam and michelle

Gam and Michelle at the recep­tion table

pic of Debra Johnson

Direc­tor Debra John­son