Drive-Thru Golden Gathering

New York State Senator Sue Serino and Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro invite area seniors to participate once again in a unique ‘Drive-Thru’ Senior Golden Gathering on Saturday, October 2nd at the Arlington High School parking lot from 9:30am to 12:30pm. The annual event is again being presented by the Office of Senator Serino and the Dutchess County Office for the Aging (OFA) and will be held rain or shine. Like last year, reservations are required and can be made by calling the Golden Gathering hotline at 914-962-2624 by Monday, September 27th. Local businesses and nonprofits are once again encouraged to participate remotely by providing information and giveaways to be included in the day’s famous giveaway bags.  

Since 2015, Senator Sue Serino and the Dutchess County Office for the Aging have partnered to bring over 100 area businesses and organizations together to provide countless area seniors with ‘one-stop’ access to important health screenings and local resources at the Annual Senior Golden Gathering. This year, to keep area seniors safe and healthy while ensuring they still have access to critically important resources, health information and flu shots, the Golden Gathering has been modified as a ‘drive-thru’ event, as it was in 2020. 

Senator Sue Serino said, “Our drive-thru Senior Golden Gathering was a huge success last year, and we know this year’s will be as well. I am incredibly proud to partner with the Dutchess County Office for the Aging to adapt this popular event to ensure that local seniors still have access to the many resources they are used to receiving at the famous Golden Gathering. We look forward to serving our seniors again this year, and are hopeful that by next year, we will be back to the usual in-person format.”

Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro said, “The Dutchess County Office for the Aging continues to provide great events and activities to keep seniors informed and engaged while adapting them as needed to ensure the health and safety of all participants.   We are thrilled to again team up with Senator Sue Serino to present the annual Golden Gathering, an event so many look forward to year after year.   It will be a drive-thru event again this year, with all of the traditional offerings – great information, a healthy meal, flu shots, goodie bags, and more.   Can’t wait to see everyone there!”

OFA Director Todd Tancredi said, “The annual Golden Gathering is an extension of our Office for the Aging’s year-long efforts to help seniors continue to live independently. Sen. Serino remains a vital partner in making this event a reality, and we’re privileged to work together with such a tireless advocate for Dutchess County seniors.” 

Seniors will be able to drive through the parking lot at Arlington High School where they will collect a bag of resource materials, a healthy ‘to-go’ meal and a flu shot if they choose to receive one, all from the comfort of their vehicle.  

Once again this year, an RSVP is required to ensure enough flu shots and prepared meals are available. Seniors who wish to participate must call the Golden Gathering hotline at 914-962-2624 to reserve their spot.  Those choosing to receive a flu shot will be given a designated time to arrive to ensure a safe flow of traffic at the event.

Representatives from the Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office will once again be on hand to help seniors ‘Shed the Meds.’ Community members can bring their expired or unused prescription medications along with them to the event, and the Sheriff’s Office will collect and dispose of them safely.

Arlington High School is located at 1157 NY-55 in LaGrangeville.  For more information or questions about the Golden Gathering, call 914-962-2624.

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