Derby Party 2013
Our first Derby Party was in the tiny townhouse apartment that we rented but that didn’t stop Bryon from wearing his seersucker suit. We had some friends over and crowded into our little living room to watch the Derby on Bryon’s flat screen TV that was too large for our room. We served bourbon meatballs, mini Kentucky hot browns and derby pie and Bryon made Makers Mark Mint Juleps.
Derby Party 2014 and 2015
The next year we had moved to our house and we were able to have a larger party. We still made the bourbon meatballs, mini Kentucky hot browns and derby pie. Bryon bought a little costume for our cat that had a jockey on the back. Our cat hated that costume. Bryon served Makers Mark Mint Juleps and bought an ice crusher that was from the 1980s. I was always so worried he was going to lose a finger in that machine.
Derby Party 2016
Bryon was really excited. He decided that he had had enough of that ice machine and was looking into renting a snow cone machine. It would serve two purposes, make snow cones for the kids and he could use the crushed ice for his mint juleps. He sent out his Facebook invites.
But the Derby Party of 2016 never happened. Bryon was in the ICU. I sat with him all day and watched the Derby coverage but by the time the Derby was on, Bryon was too tired to stay awake. I was so sad that Bryon couldn’t enjoy his favorite day of the year but I told myself that it would be okay. We’d be celebrating with our friends in 2017.
And now it’s 2017 and Bryon is not here.
But the party will go on. Bryon wouldn’t have it any other way.
We will be dressed up. There will be Maker’s Mark Mint Juleps. There will be mini Kentucky Hot Browns and Bourbon meatballs. There will even be chicken and waffle skewers. There will be a silent auction for raise funds for the Bryon C. McKim Foundation and our daughter’s educational trust.
What is the Bryon C. McKim Foundation?
Our friends and I have been working hard to make sure that Bryon’s legacy will stay alive through the Bryon C. McKim Foundation. Bryon helped so many people when he was alive and he was never one to brag about it. When he was in the hospital, people would visit and tell me stories of how he had helped him. Even 8 months after his death, I am still hearing stories from people that he helped.
There is no reason that Bryon shouldn’t still be helping people even if he is no longer with us. By helping people, Bryon’s spirit lives on when we help people.
Through the Bryon C. McKim Foundation, we will establishment scholarships to Siena College and Albany Law School. Bryon was proud of his education and we hope to give that gift to others.
The Bryon C. McKim Foundation also plans to provide patient education to teach patients how to advocate for themselves. However, some patients can’t advocate for themselves. When Bryon went into the ICU, I had to advocate for him right away. It was a scary place to be and I had to learn what to do quickly. The Bryon C. McKim Foundation wants to give people the tools on how to advocate for their loved ones.
Tickets can be purchased at mckimderbyparty.com You can also join the excitement on our Facebook event page. We would appreciate your support in keeping Bryon’s legacy alive and ask that you purchase a ticket even if you are unable to attend.
We hope to see you on Saturday!