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‘Brews and Bites’ at Embers, Nov. 9

Benefits Coastal Hospice at the Ocean and includes food, beer tastings, music
By Kara Hallissey | Nov 02, 2017

(Nov. 3, 2017) Food from local restaurants, craft beer tastings and live music from Blake Haley are a few of the highlights of “Brews and Bites,” which takes place on Thursday, Nov. 9, and benefits Coastal Hospice at the Ocean.

Tickets cost $50 for the party at Embers Restaurant on 24th Street from 5:30-8:30 p.m.

“Brews and Bites is a benefit for the Macky and Pam Stansell House at Coastal Hospice at the Ocean,” said Elaine Bean, community relations manager for Coastal Hospice. “The new hospice residence in Ocean Pines will hopefully open in 2018.”

Tickets include unlimited beer tastings from local craft breweries including Dogfish Head, Heavy Seas, Sierra Nevada, Flying Dog, Rubber Soul and Tall Tales.

Hooked, Blu Crabhouse, Embers, Longboard Café, Iron Horse, the Greene Turtle, Barn 34, Rare & Rye, Sushi Café, Centerplate Catering and Sysco will provide the food.

In addition, Haley will perform during the event.

“It was a lot of fun last year,” Bean said. “Restaurants and breweries get into a friendly competition and try to outdo each other. There is great food and people. It is a fun and exciting atmosphere.”

Attendees can participate in a live or Chinese auction featuring jewelry, a Redskins basket, a guitar, hotel stays, a number of tickets to area attractions and restaurant gift cards.

In 2016, dozens of people attended the inaugural event and nearly $9,000 was raised for Coastal Hospice, which organizers hope to surpass this year.

Cole Taustin, owner of Blu Crabhouse, and Kellie Meehan, assistant at Mann Properties, organized “Brews and Bites.”

“Brews and Bites hopes to involve younger people in the community in supporting Coastal Hospice,” Bean said. “Kellie and Cole are emerging leaders in the Ocean City community as sponsors of the event. They hope to inspire other young people to also give back.”

“It’s for Coastal Hospice and to get the new building open,” Meehan said. “It will be great for our community to have that here.”

Brews and Bites 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.

“It is a way to get younger people involved,” Meehan said. “We watched our parents do it and it’s time for the next generation to step up and give back to the community.”

Once built, the 26,000-square-foot residence 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.

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.

For more information and to make reservations for “Brews and Bites,” visit CoastalHospice.org/Brews or call 410-742-8732.

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