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Food, wine pairing to benefit Coastal Hospice at the Ocean

(March 29, 2013) Guests will have the opportunity to sample bites from more than a dozen Ocean City restaurants on April 4, during the fourth annual “Taste of Finer Things,” a food and wine pairing party to benefit Coastal Hospice at the Ocean.

“It’s a great social event,” said “Taste of Finer Things” committee Chairwoman Stephanie Meehan. Other committee members include Pam Buckley, Karen Cramer, Cathy Donovan, Marcia Hirsch, Marsha Howarth, Elaine Jacobs, Donna Leiner, Madalaine How, Macky Stansell and Gayle Widdowson. “I think it’s a great start of our [busy] season in Worcester County and Ocean City.”

This year’s event will take place at Harrison’s Harbor Watch, located at the southern end of the Ocean City Boardwalk near the inlet. The reception, which features a variety of food paired with wines, is scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m.

Representatives from local restaurants — including Adolfo’s, Atlantic Hotel, The Bonfire, Crabs to Go, Ember’s, Harrison’s Harbor Watch, Hooked, Jules, Macky’s Bayside, OC Wasabi, The Palette and Seacrets — will be on hand to present and serve the food. Sweet Disposition and Wockenfuss will provide the desserts, and Reliable Churchill the wines.

“The selection of food is wonderful. What some of these restaurants are doing is just tremendous,” Meehan said.

Musical entertainment will be provided by Louis Wright.

Tickets cost $75 and are available online at www.coastalhospice.org or by calling 410-641-5481. Organizers are encouraging those who would like to attend to purchase tickets in advance.

A grand raffle will feature Waterford Crystal goblets donated by Kuhn’s Jewelers of Salisbury, accompanied by a variety of wines. There will also be a silent auction.

“As always, we are so grateful to those restaurants that participate in this wonderful event,” Coastal Hospice President Alane Capen said. “We also truly appreciate the ‘Taste of Finer Things’ committee for putting together this great fundraiser. They are a wonderful group of volunteers and we could not hold this event without their hard work and dedication.”

Approximately 125 guests attended the 2012 event, helping to raise about $12,000 for the organization.

Coastal Hospice, founded in 1980, is a private nonprofit community program that provides traditional hospice services, palliative care, bereavement support, education and training to patients and their families in Worcester, Wicomico, Somerset and Dorchester counties. Approximately 100 people are employed by Coastal Hospice and more than 300 individuals volunteer. Its main office is located in Salisbury.

Proceeds from the event will benefit Coastal Hospice at the Ocean, a planned hospice residence to be built in Berlin that will provide medical support to patients in a home-like setting.

“We’ve all had family members and friends who’ve used Coastal Hospice. This event is a great way to raise awareness in the community,” Meehan stated in a press release.

In December 2011, Coastal Hospice purchased six acres of land in Berlin off Broad Street for a 16,000-square-foot Hospice house. From the permits and land purchase to furnishing and landscaping, it is expected to cost $5 million to create the Coastal Hospice at the Ocean Residence, according to the Web site, www.coastalhospice.org/hospice-care-capital-campaign.

According to Anita Todd, community relations manager for Coastal Hospice & Palliative Care, the plan is to break ground on the residence project this summer. Approximately $1.5 million has been raised so far of the $5 million needed.

Worcester County was chosen as the location for the Hospice residence because of the growing population in the county, but the house will also serve patients from Wicomico, Somerset and Dorchester counties.

Individual rooms will offer privacy, but also accommodate family members who want to remain close by. Coastal Hospice at the Ocean will also provide room for bereavement counseling and community education.

For more information about Coastal Hospice at the Ocean, visit www.coastalhospice.org.

Committee members working to organize the April 4 “Taste of Finer Things” event at Harrison’s Harbor Watch to benefit Coastal Hospice at the Ocean, clockwise from top, are Gayle Widdowson, Elaine Jacobs, Stephanie Meehan, Donna Leiner, Cathy Donovan, Madalaine How, Karen Cramer and Pam Buckley.

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