PORT CLYDE, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Its been two months since a tragic accident took the life of a nine year old boy in the town of Port Clyde.
On August 11, a driver from New York apparently lost control of her car as she approached the ferry wharf, smashed into seven other cars and a building before striking a family walking on the dock. Nine-year old Dylan Gold of Massachusetts was killed, his mother seriously injured, his younger brother also hurt.
A local man also suffered a broken hip and other injuries. The accident happened in front of a large group of tourists and local residents who were enjoying a summer afternoon, and people in the community say they still feel the pain and sadness of the family's loss.
On Saturday, they will try to change that, and bring some good from the tragedy. The annual Rock The Dock Party, organized by Monhegan Boat Lines, will be dedicated to the memory of Dylan Gold. It will also be used to raise money for the local ambulance and for Life Flight, both of which helped carry the injured to the hospital.
The volunteers organizing the event say they've had a tremendous response from area businesses donating food for the event. Lobster dealers and individual fishermen have donated more than 1,500 pounds of lobster. Other businesses have donated pigs for roasting, clams and mussels, drinks, desserts and prizes for raffles. Several bands will also play to entertain the crowd.
Jim Barstow, whose family owns Monhegan Boat Lines, says "Port Clyde is that kind of place." His daughter Jennifer, who helps manage the business, says people "need a chance to heal", and hopes the event on Saturday will help them do that.
They also hope it becomes a good chance to help future accident victims by helping the ambulance and Life Flight.
Lobsterman Gerry Cushman, also one of the volunteer organizers, says that's the lesson he takes from the tragedy. "There will always be accidents," he says, "but we can do something to help people get to emergency (care) when they need it."
The "Rock The Dock" fundraiser starts at 2PM Saturday on the ferry wharf in the center of Port Clyde - the same place the accident happened. The ceremony to honor Dylan Gold will take place at 4PM.
Those who can't attend can also donate online, at Life Flight's Dylan Gold Fund:
Meanwhile, Allison Gold, Dylan's mother, continues to recover from her injuries. In a statement sent to the organizers, Gold says she hopes that in another four to six weeks she will be able to walk without assistance.