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.