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Party to benefit Coastal Hospice at the Ocean

(Sept. 19, 2014) Macky’s Bayside Bar & Grill is bringing back one of Ocean City’s favorite cocktail parties Wednesday night, Sept. 24, during Blues on the Bay.

It’s the seventh year owners Pam and Walter “Macky” Stansell are presenting the fundraiser for Coastal Hospice at the Ocean at the 54th Street restaurant.

Tickets include three hours of live music, heavy hors d’oeuvres and a front-row view of the sunset over the bay.

“It’s a cocktail party with wonderful food and an open bar,” said Pam. But it’s also “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.”

Blues on the Bay is one of the project’s major fundraiser each year and, after raising $65,000 through the 2013 event, the capital campaign surpassed its halfway mark of $2.5 million, said Elaine Bean, community relations manager for Coastal Hospice.

“It’s something we count on to help fund the capital campaign,” she said.

Once Hospice finishing raising the funds, the building on Prospect Drive, in Berlin, will be able to house six patients at a time who are no longer able to live on their own. It will serve at least 50 patients per year, with plans to eventually double in size.

With gardens, a labyrinth and a full-size kitchen, “it’s really designed to be a home-like atmosphere,” Bean said.

The multi-purpose building will also house a community outreach center to offer have grief support and training on topics like living wills and the home-visits team of healthcare professionals.

“It’s very needed. There’s nothing like it in the four lower shore counties” that Coastal Hospice serves, Bean added.

The Stansells have been involved with Coastal Hospice for than 20 years, after Pam’s mother came to live with them near the end of her life. Macky is a member of the Coastal Hospice Board of Directors and they were key contributors to the purchase of the land that will house the new residence.

The couple donates the food for Blues on the Bay, which will feature singer and saxophonist Everett Spells’ live music.

“The Stansells’ investment of time as well as their financial generosity continues to show their commitment to Coastal Hospice and the future vision of the Coastal Hospice at the Ocean residence project,” Coastal Hospice President Alane Capen said.

“It’s really above and beyond the call,” said Director of Development Maureen McNeill.

Founded in 1980, Coastal Hospice is a private, non-profit program providing traditional hospice services, palliative care, bereavement support, education and training for patients and their families in Worcester, Wicomico, Somerset and Dorchester counties.

It provided charity care in excess of $500,000 last year and helps around 1,000 patients annually, Bean said.

Local voters named Blues on the Bay the Best Charity in the Greatest Around Ocean City 2012 poll and Coastal Hospice the Best Local Charity.

The event runs from 6-9 Wednesday night, Sept. 24, at Macky’s on 54th Street bayside. Tickets cost $75 per person.

For more information and reservations, visit http://bit.ly/1AH06fv or call 410-742-8732. To learn more about Coastal Hospice at the Ocean, visit www.coastalhospice.org/hospice-care-capital-campaign.

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