Letter

printed 10/05/2018

Editor,

The eighth annual Blues on the Bay to benefit the Macky and Pam Stansell House of Coastal Hospice at the Ocean was especially meaningful, as it was held just months before the house opens to patients in early 2019.

This event also marked the launch of our “Put Your Name On It” campaign. The campaign provides new opportunities for individuals to donate any amount to be a part of the naming of two patient rooms and a workroom of the hospice residence.

The Stansell House will serve our most vulnerable hospice patients. They will receive quality care with the comforts of home and picturesque views of the Ocean City skyline and the Isle of Wight Bay. Events such as Blues on the Bay have been integral in the effort to raise funds and awareness about this critical new hospice facility for the Lower Shore.

A total of 200 people came to the event at Macky’s Bayside Bar & Grill on Sept. 19 to support the Stansell House.

We shared a first in a series of videos about the house and launched the “Put Your Name On It” campaign, which extends room-naming opportunities to the community and unveils new images of the project, a new web page – StansellHouse.org – and featured profiles of supporters.

This year’s event raised more than $29,000 for the capital campaign. With the help of dedicated committee and board members, Coastal Hospice has raised $6.2 million, or approximately 75 percent of the amount needed to finish the project.

A total of 2,100 individuals have donated to the campaign. The next phase of the campaign invites the public to contribute to the rooms of the Stansell House to leave a legacy for future generations to be served by this state-of-the-art hospice residence and community outreach center in Ocean Pines.

Donations may be made toward the volunteer workroom, or one of two community-funded patient rooms – the Veterans Memorial Room and the Family Tribute Room. This vital new facility will be home for terminally ill patients, as well as a base for palliative care, counseling, grief support and community wellness programs.

We would like to thank all who supported the house by attending Blues on the Bay. We are also ever grateful for Macky and Pam Stansell who open the doors of their restaurant every year as hosts of this annual event.

The Stansells continue to show their commitment to Coastal Hospice and the vision of the new hospice home, now named after them to honor their generosity.

Alane K. Capen

President, Coastal Hospice

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