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Rock the Dock honors child killed in August wharf crash, raises $30,000

By Kim Lincoln | Oct 21, 2013
Photo by: Kim Lincoln Ella Cushman, 7, of Port Clyde signs a memorial painting at Rock the Dock Oct. 19. The painting will be sent to the Gold family.

Port Clyde — When tragedy strikes, communities come together, and that is what happened Oct. 19 at the Rock the Dock benefit at Monhegan Boat Landing.

The Port Clyde community banded together to host the event in honor of 9-year-old Dylan Gold, who was killed in a car crash in the village in August. The event was organized by Monhegan Boat Line with volunteers from all along the coast.

More than $30,000 was raised with a final amount still being tallied. Fishermen donated more than 2,000 pounds of lobster to serve the more than 1,000 people who attended. There also was roast pig, oysters, and salads, side dishes and desserts aplenty.

The proceeds will fund LifeFlight of Maine and St. George Ambulance.

Musical entertainment was provided by Country Choir and Maine Rockets.

Karan Cushman said the event is a way to tell the Gold family the community cares about them. Cushman lives near the village and said her father was one of the first people on the scene following the August crash that injured three people and killed Gold.

The Gold family, who are from Cohasset, Mass., were aware of the event, but unable to attend. A painting of a large heart, which was signed by attendees, will be sent to the family.

Rock the Dock benefits first began to raise funds to build a memorial to honor town fishermen lost at sea. That monument is now located at Marshall Point Lighthouse.

Courier Publications Copy Editor Kim Lincoln can be reached at 594-4401 or by email at

Kathy Harper, who summers in Port Clyde, is handed a lobster by Randy Cushman, also of Port Clyde, at Rock the Dock Oct. 19. Fishermen donated more than 2,000 pounds of lobster for the event. (Photo by: Kim Lincoln)
Dave Mallari, of The Pig Kahuna, located in Portland, mans the pork at Rock the Dock. (Photo by: Kim Lincoln)
More than 1,000 people attended the event to honor Dylan Gold, killed in an August car crash in Port Clyde, at Rock the Dock Oct. 19. The event raised more than $30,000 for LifeFlight and St. George Ambulance. (Photo by: Kim Lincoln)
George Rizkalla of Tenants Harbor dines on lobster at Rock the Dock Oct. 19. (Photo by: Kim Lincoln)
Togue Brawn, of Bath, shucks oysters at Rock the Dock. (Photo by: Kim Lincoln)
Country Choir entertains at Rock the Dock. Jim Barstow of Monhegan Boat Line said the band, who has been together more than 40 years, often plays at their boat launches, company celebrations and family events. (Photo by: Kim Lincoln)
Alex Barstow volunteers to help clean up at Rock the Dock Oct. 19. (Photo by: Kim Lincoln)
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Comments (3)
Posted by: Tena Wallace | Oct 22, 2013 10:46

It doesn't get any better than living is St George Maine!

Posted by: Helen Plourd | Oct 21, 2013 11:49

No wonder St. George has such an exemplary school and students with a community such as this. You folks are stupendous!

Helen D. Plourd

Posted by: Valerie Wass | Oct 21, 2013 10:55

Gives me goosebumps!  Awesome community!  Love our Maine Communities!

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