2017-08-31 / Mainsheet

Ideal Setting for 'Rock the Docks' Fundraiser

Photos by Jen Carter


David Grant, David Brown and Brian O'Malley David Grant, David Brown and Brian O'Malley The Seamen’s Church Institute’s 11th annual Rock the Docks fundraiser took place at Newport Shipyard earlier. With clear skies, a southwesterly breeze and the sounds of steel drum music, it was a perfect night for the traditional lobsterfest fundraising event.

A record number of guests attended and the atmosphere was festive as they enjoyed oysters and littlenecks from the raw bar and mingled amidst a backdrop of yachts, a fitting scene for Seamen’s maritime-related mission. For 98 years, Seamen’s (SCI) has provided assistance to mariners and Newport residents, serving over 30,000 people annually. The organization relies heavily on the Rock the Docks event to raise necessary operating support to carry on its waterfront mission. Charismatic auctioneer Andy Green did his part selling stays in Scotland and Buenos Aires, a local harbor cruise, maritime artwork and mission-related pledges. Per tradition, the organization’s Board of Directors worked behind the scenes to solicit sponsorships and in-kind donations. They even donned chef jackets for the evening, serving lobsters, bussing tables and cleaning up at the end of the night. Superintendent Rebecca Pierce reports the night was a great success.


Debbie Grant and Bayard Russell Debbie Grant and Bayard Russell Upcoming events for the SCI include a Speaker Series exploring maritime topics, to be held the second Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. In addition, the Naval War College Museum will hold its 8 Bells lecture series the 1st Thursday of every month at noon, beginning Oct. 1.



Margret Davies, Owen Perkins, and Emily Perkins Margret Davies, Owen Perkins, and Emily Perkins

Annie and Rob Wilson Annie and Rob Wilson

Jan and Caroline Slee. Decorations provided by Exquisite Events and Tent from Newport Tent Co. Jan and Caroline Slee. Decorations provided by Exquisite Events and Tent from Newport Tent Co.

Sheila McCurdy, Judy and Stephanie McLennan Sheila McCurdy, Judy and Stephanie McLennan

Margret and Chris Herr Margret and Chris Herr

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