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Representatives from the Matt Ortt Companies and Ocean Pines Yacht Club recently presented a $600 donation to Coastal Hospice. Beverage Director Kearston Frey, left, and Special Events Coordinator Lia Isel of the Matt Ortt Companies, present a check to Coastal Hospice Director of Advancement Heather Duma, right, at the Ocean Pines Yacht Club.

(Oct. 4, 2019) Representatives from the Matt Ortt Companies and Ocean Pines Yacht Club recently presented a $600 donation to Coastal Hospice.

Funds came from an Oyster & Bull Bash held at the Yacht Club on Sept. 7.

Coastal Hospice Director of Advancement Heather Duma said the donation would aid the Macky & Pam Stansell House of Coastal Hospice at the Ocean.

“We’re making history. This is the first-ever hospice residence on the Lower Shore, so to be able to bring this to our community is really special,” she said.

According to Duma, the property was previously part of The Pointe community in Ocean Pines. The Stansell House opened in May and includes 12 patient beds, a labyrinth garden for meditation and a library for visitors, among other amenities.

“It’s absolutely beautiful there,” Duma said. “It’s intended for folks toward the end of their life who aren’t necessarily able to care for themselves at home or who don’t have an able caregiver at home, so it’s a really wonderful project.”

Matt Ortt Companies Special Events Coordinator Lia Isel said donating to Coastal Hospice was an easy decision.

“At Matt Ortt Companies, we love supporting our local charities, particularly on the Eastern Shore and in Ocean Pines,” she said. “The Stansell House is in Ocean Pines, so it’s a terrific way to give back to the local community and it’s such a great organization.”

Isel said the inaugural Oyster & Bull Bash was a success, and the hope is that it will become an annual event that grows each year and earns more money for local charities.

For more information on Coastal Hospice, visit www.coastalhospice.org.

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