Commemorative Art Installation Acknowledges the “Wave” of Donors Who Have Made Macky & Pam Stansell House Possible
Salisbury, Md. – May 15, 2019 – Walk into the Macky & Pam Stansell House – the Lower Shore’s first residential hospice facility – and one of the first elements many people notice is the artwork on the wall of the main sitting room – known as the Homer and Martha Gudelsky Family Foundation Family Room.
“It’s like a wave, cresting and breaking, but instead of water, it’s composed of emotion,” said Alane Capen, President and CEO of Coastal Hospice, which operates the 12-patient room facility. “Every person who donated over $5,000 to the project – whether to honor a loved one or memorialize a friend – is represented in a way that makes visitors stop and say, ‘Wow.’”
The display was designed by Pam Watroba, Team Leader for the Stansell House, and Heather Duma, Advancement Director for Coastal Hospice, who were inspired by a concept begun by Maureen McNeill, Director of Development at the start of the fundraising campaign. The two knew they wanted the display to reflect the setting on Isle of Wight Bay, and it was informed by Watroba’s experience as a mosaic artist.
“We wanted this piece to be more than a traditional listing of names,” said Duma. “Our goal was to create a true piece of art with deep meaning and symbolism. The quote that is included – ‘Life is like the ocean. It can be calm or still and rough or rigid, but in the end, it is always beautiful’ – perfectly encapsulates our mission to bring beauty alongside of dignity at the end of life.”
The wood, glass and Plexiglass® installation was fabricated by Presentations, Inc. of Iowa and installed by Delmarva Veteran Builders (DVB) of Salisbury, MD. It honors the more than 2,000 donors who have contributed more than $6.5 million toward the project, and features by name those who have given over $5,000.
“I was moved to tears after Heather took us on a tour of the new facility,” said Jenny Schroen, DVB’s Creative and Marketing Developer. “I can speak for the entire DVB team that we are proud to have assisted Coastal Hospice by installing the donor wall. The real heroes are all the families and organizations that donate to help provide comfort to patients and loved ones going through life’s hardest moments.”
While most of the piece is filled with names, Duma notes that there remains room for a few additional donors.
“We will also soon have a new way to recognize those who donate – after the official opening of the house – when we begin seeing patients who will need assistance with charity care.”
To learn more about Stansell House, or to donate, visit www.StansellHouse.org.