Motorcyclists raise money to help grieving police officer
Rockport — As a light rain fell across the Midcoast the morning of Saturday, Sept. 29, the unmistakable sound of a procession of motorcycles — chrome agleam in the slight damp — could be heard for a few moments as a group of about 20 riders made their way through Rockport before heading west on Route 17. Though the cool September morning suggested less than optimum conditions for a late season ride, the group had a greater purpose: rallying in support of Camden Police Officer Brook Hartshorn, who lost her son in a motorcycle accident Aug. 21.
The benefit was hosted by Atlantic Engine Company No. 2 along with Amity Lodge No. 6, there was no registration fee, however participants were invited to make donations at will; and a raffle and spaghetti supper later in the day were offered at a small fee, with proceeds benefiting Hartshorn. The money raised was donated to Hartshorn to assist with the expenses of laying her son, Gregory Zaccadelli, 25, to rest.
Undeterred by wet weather, a procession of various motorcycles followed a Camden Police escort through Rockport after departing the Rockport Masonic Center around 1 p.m. Riders proceeded to Mike's Sidetrack in Gardiner where they took a short respite and joined with fellow central Maine-based riders before arriving back in Rockport around 4 p.m. for a public spaghetti supper hosted by Amity Lodge No. 6. and a raffle featuring a wide range of prizes.
Raffle prizes were donated by numerous businesses and organizations around the Midcoast region, and included gift certificates to Cellardoor Winery, River Ducks Ice Cream, the Bagel Cafe, French and Brawn, Princes Furniture, Eastern Tire and a universal $100 certificate redeemable at any of Graffam Bros. three businesses. Other offerings included specific services — such as a certificate for the processing of one game animal courtesy of Thin Blue Line Meats, beginner ski passes from the Camden Snow Bowl, tickets to a show at Camden Opera House, and personal training passes from Stone Coast Cross Fit. Tickets were being sold at a cost of $5 for "an arm length" according to Camden Police officer Allen Weaver.
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