Donation Names the 12th Bedroom in Honor of “Absent Members”
SALISBURY, MD – August 26, 2019 – Ocean City Elks Lodge 2645 helped to mark a major milestone in fundraising for the Macky & Pam Stansell House with its pledge to become the name sponsor of the twelfth and final bedroom suite.
Long a supporter of Coastal Hospice, the donation, according to Charity Committee Chairperson Peggie Ball, “just felt right. We’ve been sponsoring since (longtime Ocean City resident and employee) Kathy Mathias passed in 2012. We began pledging funds to honor her memory and that got the ball rolling.”
This summer, a group from the Elks came to tour Stansell House and offered to sponsor the last bedroom suite on-the-spot.
“We really wanted to see this through,” said Elks Treasurer Jim Flaig. “It’s our tradition to remember our ‘absent’ members – those who have passed – on our Honor Wall and such, and so we asked that the room be identified in the same way.”
A sign now hangs on the wall next to the room, a reminder of the Elks’ commitment to Stansell House, its patients and their own members.
Heather Duma, Development Director for Coastal Hospice, said, “Stansell House was created on the premise that no one should be left behind without care at the most vulnerable time in their lives. This donation from the Elks – and all those that came before and are still to come from the Elks– will help assure that Stansell House will be there to help.”
Stansell House is the region’s first residential hospice facility, providing care to patients with life-limiting illnesses who are no longer safe at home or who need more care than a family can safely provide. The facility, which can host up to 12 patients at a time, opened in May 2019. To learn how to donate to Coastal Hospice and/or Stansell House, please visit www.coastalhospice.org and www.stansellhouse.org.