The Kentucky Derby Party was a smashing success. I wouldn't even dare take credit for that. The people I had volunteer for the party, and for the opening of The Summer Diner, are the true stars.
Our version of a diner opened on May 2.
Our lunch on Thursday also went well. The choices were a hot dog from the outside grill; a tuna club sandwich; or a beef taco. The hot dog plate was the most popular meal of the day.
There was no resting on our laurels, we had the Derby party to serve on Saturday.
The Derby theme, designed and executed by my friend Mary Lu, put everyone in the mood for a grand old time.
While I was sending out the dinners for the Derby I received a call from the Kathy Hochul campaign.
Kathy would be receiving the endorsement of the National Committee to Protect Social Security and Medicareon Monday. Kathy is running for the NY26 seat vacated by shirtless Chris Lee. She is the only candidate running who is fighting for the rights of senior citizens. Would any of the residents be willing to share their experience with the changes in the prescription drug coverage at the Monday event.
I knew the perfect person to ask. Judy is a volunteer in our Snack Shop. She is taking sixteen different medications, three of which have no generic counterpart. When she went to have her prescriptions filled in January she learned that her out of pocket expense had jumped from $15 ($5 each) to a whopping $260. Judy couldn't afford to get all three so she made the decision to drop two of them. It was a ill advised choice which landed her in the hospital twice in three months. It took those three months to get Judy enrolled in a new prescription drug plan.
Judy and I sat down to figure out exactly how much she is paying, out of pocket, for insurance coverage and prescription co-pay. The figure floored me. Her yearly out of pocket is just over $4000 a year.
I sent the information off to the campaign. We were invited to attend the event and I was asked to tell Judy's story.