(Sept. 13, 2013) Now a traditional gathering over food and music, Blues on the Bay is back next Wednesday, Sept. 18, to raise money for Coastal Hospice & Palliative Care.
Owners of Macky’s Bayside Bar & Grill Pam and Macky Stansell will host the event at their 54th Street location for the sixth year.
“It’s a cocktail party with wonderful food and open bar,” Pam Stansell said. But more importantly, “it is an awareness-type of get-together to let the community know about the progress that we’ve made with the Coastal Hospice by the Ocean building.”
The building, a Coastal Hospice residence to be built in Berlin, will accommodate Hospice patients who are no longer able to live on their own, Director of Development at Coastal Hospice Maureen McNeill said. Coastal Hospice hopes to break ground on the residence center in 2014, with a construction process of one to one-and-a-half years, she said.
Blues on the Bay is one of two fundraisers Coastal Hospice presents on the water each year, McNeill said.
“It raises $20,000 easily each year,” she said, “Because they (the Stansells) donate everything, it’s that powerful [of] a fundraiser for us.”
Last year, around 250 attendees help raise $28,000 during Blues on the Bay, she said.
This year, around 130 people registered early for the event, promising another strong showing since many people buy tickets last minute or at the door, McNeill said.
Blues on the Bay starts at 6 p.m. and guests show up on time, she said. Macky’s will provide a variety of hors d’oeuvres, including tenderloin, scallops beurre blanc and other “upscale cocktail finger food,” Pam Stansell said.
“It’s a meal,” McNeill promised.
Everett Spells will provide the music during the event and attendees often get up to dance. There will be an open bar during the event.
Founded in 1980, Coastal Hospice is a private, non-profit program providing traditional hospice services, palliative care, bereavement support, education and training to patients and their families in Worcester, Wicomico, Somerset and Dorchester counties.
The group began collecting funds to build a residence center in Worcester County in 2008, McNeill said.
“If you look at where our older population is, they’re in northern Worcester County,” she said.
The residence will be a medical facility, but “it won’t feel like one.” McNeill said. “It will feel like home.”
The building will initially have enough room for six live-in patients, with plans to ultimately expand to accommodate 12.
“Over the course of the year, we’ll have 50 or so patients stay at Coastal Hospice at the Ocean,” McNeill said.
The project will require Hospice to hire new staff like nurses’ aids and RNs.
Coastal Hospice at the Ocean will be different from Coastal Hospice at the Lake, in Salisbury, “because that’s more of an in-patient facility. This is more of a residence,” McNeill said.
In all, Coastal Hospice cares for around 75 patients a day in Worcester and Somerset counties, she said.
The Stansells got involved with Coastal Hospice more than 20 years ago, when Pam Stansell’s mother came to live with them near the end of her life. Macky Stansell has been on the Coastal Hospice board for a decade and is involved with the Coastal Hospice at the Ocean capital campaign.
“We are grateful to Macky and Pam for putting on this party for us,” McNeill said. “It’s really above and beyond the call.”
Blues on the Bay was named the best charity event in 2012 by local voters in the Greatest Around Ocean City 2012 poll. Voters also named Coastal Hospice the Best Local Charity.
Tickets cost $50 and include an open bar and heavy hors d’oeuvres. For more information and to reserve a spot, visit www.coastalhospice.org or call 410-742-8732.