The Starboard is hosting a fundraiser for Ed’s Chicken this coming Wednesday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. “It is likely that Ed will not be rebuilding as he has one year left on the ground lease and is 83 years young,” says Steve “Monty” Montgomery, owner of The Starboard. “He knew there were not many years left for him to work as hard as he does… just did not expect it to come to an abrupt end like this.”
The business community in Dewey Beach is special, Montgomery says, “everyone supports and respects each other. It’s not fair for Ed Riggin to end his 38 phenomenal years without a celebration. Therefore we hope to have everyone join us at The Starboard this Wednesday to celebrate how much he has meant to so many in this community over the years.”
Montgomery says they will ask for a $20 contribution to Ed and his employees at the entrance. There will be plenty of food catered from many local restaurants and proceeds of 25 percent of all drinks purchased will also go to Ed and his staff to help with the fact they lost their income during the peak of the season.
“We have made up T-Shirts that say THANK YOU ED! to sell in addition to plenty of gift cards and packages from local businesses which we will raffle off,” Montgomery adds. “It’s much more of a celebration and an evening for Ed to sit back and yuck it up with so many long-term friends. But raising a few dollars for him to take care of his employees can only help with this devastating fire and loss of income. Ed is loved by so many… we hope many of his friends can join us Wednesday to give him a proper salute!”
Photos courtesy Steve “Monty” Montgomery