Ocean City Today

Blues on the Bay to benefit new Coastal Hospice facility

By Kara Hallissey | Sep 21, 2017
Coastal Hospice at the Ocean in Ocean Pines will be named in honor of Pam and Walter “Macky” Stansell, owners of Macky’s Bayside Bar and Grill on 54th Street. They are responsible for more than $900,000 in donations to the campaign and will host Blues on the Bay, an annual fundraiser at the restaurant, on Wednesday, Sept. 27, from 6-9 p.m.

(Sept. 22, 2017) An open bar, heavy hors d’oeuvres and musical entertainment by singer/saxophonist Everett Spells awaits attendees of the annual Blues on the Bay at Macky’s Bayside Bar & Grill on Wednesday, Sept. 27.

The event benefits the Macky and Pam Stansell House at Coastal Hospice at the Ocean.

“Macky and Pam have been dedicated supporters of the new hospice since its inception,” said Elaine Bean, community relations manager for Coastal Hospice. “They have hosted Blues on the Bay to help fund our new endeavor in Ocean Pines and we appreciate the community support.”

The 54th Street restaurant owners, Pam and Walter “Macky” Stansell, have provided the space, food and drinks for the end-of-the-season fundraiser every year as Ocean City welcomes the start of autumn.

Blues on the Bay is a major fundraiser for the capital campaign to build the Stansell House at Coastal Hospice at the Ocean in Ocean Pines, which sits on 11 acres of waterfront property.

The 26,000-square-foot residence was recently named The Macky and Pam Stansell House in honor of the thousands of dollars in contributions the couple has made toward the project.

“Macky and Pam are extremely generous donors themselves,” said Alane Capen, president of Coastal Hospice. “In addition to hosting Blues on the Bay and footing the bill for the food and alcohol, Macky has served on the Board [of Directors] for several years and whenever we needed money to celebrate an accomplishment in the campaign, the Stansells wrote a check.”

In 2016, more than $39,000 was raised during the September party at Macky’s on 54th Street for the new hospice residence and outreach center.

“People are very generous and we do well at the party every year,” Capen said. “It will be a different service then what we have now. [Coastal Hospice at the Ocean will be] a residence for people unsafe at home. We see in Worcester County, folks who have moved away from extended family or they have a frail spouse at home and don’t want to move into a nursing facility because they don’t have extreme needs and just need a little bit of help. That is why we decided to build a hospice house.”

Once built, the Ocean Pines waterfront hospice is slated to house 12 patient rooms for those who lack a caregiver at home and can no longer manage independently. The property will also have medical and palliative care, counseling, grief support and community wellness programs.

“I can’t wait for people to be living at the residence and having tea on the back deck in the afternoon,” Capen said. “It’s going to be a neat place for people to work and live. I am so happy we are doing this and the community is making this possible.”

The Stansells have been involved with Coastal Hospice for more than 20 years and Macky is a member of the Coastal Hospice Board of Directors. In 1993, Pam’s mother, Jacque Donovan, came to live with the business owners. Coastal Hospice helped the Stansells with her care near the end or her life.

Founded in 1980, Coastal Hospice is a private, nonprofit organization providing health care, hospice services, palliative care, bereavement support, education and training for patients and their families in Worcester, Wicomico, Somerset and Dorchester counties. Coastal Hospice cares for patients in their home, nursing homes, assisted living facilities or at Coastal Hospice at the Lake.

Blues on the Bay will take place from 6-9 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 27 at bayside restaurant. Tickets cost $75 per person.

“We urge everyone to come out, have some fun, and support a great cause,” Macky Stansell stated in a press release. “We’re close to breaking ground on the new home, and funds raised from Blues on the Bay will be a tremendous help to the project.”

For more information and reservations, visit CoastalHospice.org/blues, call 410-742-8732 or Macky’s Bayside Bar and Grill at 410-742-8732.

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