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Dewey Beach Fundraiser Wednesday Night for Owner of Ed's Chicken and Crabs

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Ed's Chicken and Crabs was devastated in the Aug. 9 crash (Source: Evan Koslof) Ed's Chicken and Crabs was devastated in the Aug. 9 crash (Source: Evan Koslof)
Ed Riggin has owned Ed's Chicken and Crabs for 38 years (Source: WBOC) Ed Riggin has owned Ed's Chicken and Crabs for 38 years (Source: WBOC)
Starboard owner Steve "Monty" Montgomery said that Ed Riggin has been an iconic figure in Dewey Beach for decades (Source: WBOC) Starboard owner Steve "Monty" Montgomery said that Ed Riggin has been an iconic figure in Dewey Beach for decades (Source: WBOC)

DEWEY BEACH, Del.- In the small coastal community of Dewey Beach, neighbors stick together. And on Wednesday evening, this community loyalty is set to be on full display as one iconic bar opens its doors for another. From 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., the Starboard will hold a fundraiser, with all proceeds going to Ed Riggin, the owner of Ed's Chicken and Crabs, which was destroyed by a suspected drunk driver earlier this month. 

The 38-year-old restaurant was destroyed in the early hours of Aug. 9 when Dewey Beach police said a drunk driver crashed her car into the building, causing it to burst into flames. According to police, 36-year-old Michelle Small of Wyoming, Del. was drunk behind the wheel, driving at a fast speed, when she lost control of her car, and crossed the center median. 

As Riggin overlooked the charred wood, ash, and shards of glass that remained, he said it was hard not to be emotional. 

"It's an end of an era for me," he told WBOC. "End of what I've been doing for 38 years. You know - but life goes on. And luckily nobody was injured or hurt."

Starboard owner Steve "Monty" Montgomery said that the event is all about helping Riggin and his employees. He said that the bar will be collecting donations of $20 or more at the front, and that there will be a silent auction. But Montgomery said that the event goes beyond just money. 

"I hope we raise many, many thousands of dollars for Ed tonight," he said. "At the same point it's more about celebrating Ed - who he is. Putting him on a pedestal, to be the man we all love tonight. And let everyone say thank you in person."

Riggin said it was surprising to see the community come to his side.

"I'm very humbled," he said. "And very surprised. And very fortunate. All of those things. And it's surprising to me that people have gotten behind me, supporting me like they have. It's very generous of everyone." 

Riggin, who is 83, said he doesn't yet know if he will re-build.

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