An honor


To the Editor:

On behalf of the board of directors, staff, and clients of the Vineyard Health Care Access Program, I would like to express my gratitude for the generous donations made by the family and friends of Penelope Dickens. Penelope’s family and friends decided to honor the Access Program by making us the beneficiary of contributions made in tribute to Penelope, following her tragic death earlier this year.

This fall they organized a unique fundraiser — so fitting for a unique individual like Penelope — by selling her elegant clothing at “Penelope’s Boutique,” located at Pyewackets in Vineyard Haven. Much effort went into organizing, displaying and selling the clothes, and I cannot thank enough all of the people who helped.

Special thanks go to the owner of Pywackets and hostess of the boutique, Karen Coffey; as well as Leslie Graham, Roxanne Kapitan, Claire Sullivan, Lorraine Cottle, plus other friends too numerous to mention.

The Access Program helps more than 2,500 Islanders every year with affordable health care, including health insurance, dental care, and prescription assistance, as well as enrollment assistance for the disabled and seniors, food stamps and emergency assistance, and more.

We are deeply appreciative of this thoughtful and heartfelt effort. May Penelope’s indomitable spirit shine on us all.

Sarah Kuh


Vineyard Health Care Access Program