BAILEY ISLAND, Maine — In July last year, 28-year-old Jon Popham, a Machiasport lobstermen, died when he was pulled overboard after getting tangled in a line on board his lobster boat. Maine’s fishing community promptly extended financial and emotional support to Popham’s widow and 2-year-old son.
The Maine Lobstermen’s Community Alliance, a non-profit organization whose mission includes charitable support for distressed fishing families, did just a little bit more. In concert with Mary Coombs, manager of Cook’s Lobster and Ale House on Bailey Island, the MLCA organized a fundraising dinner at the well-known restaurant last August, the proceeds of which support the organization’s charitable giving fund.
This year Cook’s Lobster and Ale House Lobstermen’s Relief Fund Benefit will be held 3-7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 13.
A Blessing of the Fleet ceremony officiated by the Rev. Karen Lilli Pax will kick off the gala at 3 p.m. Music by blues-rock band Coastal Outlaws, led by John Jordan, president of Calendar Islands Maine Lobster, will begin at 4 p.m.
Attendees will enjoy a silent auction and a meal of lobster, chicken or steak tips while overlooking the water, and tickets to two complimentary beers provided by D.L. Geary Brewing Company. The company will be on site to introduce one of its signature summer brews at the event. Dessert will be the Coomb’s family’s blueberry cake.
Tickets for the Lobstermen’s Relief Fund Benefit are $50 per person and include the meal, refreshments, and a complimentary beer glass from Geary’s Brewing. Tickets may be purchased at www.eventbrite.com, or through the MLCA web site at http://mlcalliance.org/support/community-support.
For information, contact Mary Coombs at 833-2818, 417-5102, or Antonina Pelletier, MLCA, at 967-4555.