Ortt Companies donate to Coastal Hospice 

Beverage Director Kearston Frey, left, and Special Events Coordinator Lia Isel of the Matt Ortt Companies present a donation to Coastal Hospice Director of Advancement Heather Duma at the Ocean Pines Yacht Club on Friday.

Representatives from the Matt Ortt Companies and Ocean Pines Yacht Club on Friday presented a $600 check donation to Coastal Hospice.  

Funds came from an Oyster & Bull Bash held at the Yacht Club on Sept. 7.  

Coastal Hospice Director of Advancement Heather Duma said the donation would aid the Macky & Pam Stansell House of Coastal Hospice at the Ocean. 

“We’re making history. This is the first-ever hospice residence on the Lower Shore, so to be able to bring this to our community is really special,” she said.  

According to Duma, the property was previously part of The Pointe community in Ocean Pines. The Stansell House, opened in May, includes 12 patient beds, a labyrinth garden for meditation, and a library for visitors, among other amenities.  

“It’s absolutely beautiful there,” Duma said. “It’s intended for folks towards the end of their life who aren’t necessarily able to care for themselves at home or who don’t have an able caregiver at home, so it’s a really wonderful project.” 

Matt Ortt Companies Special Events Coordinator Lia Isel said donating to Coastal Hospice was an easy decision. 

“At Matt Ortt Companies, we love supporting our local charities, particularly on the Eastern Shore and in Ocean Pines,” she said. “The Stansell House is in Ocean Pines, so it’s terrific way to give back to the local community and it’s such a great organization.” 

Isel said the inaugural Oyster & Bull Bash was a success, and the hope is that it will become an annual event that grows each year and earns more money for local charities.  

“Everyone had fun. It was a gorgeous day and a great event – and it was our first one. Next year will be even better and hopefully every year we can add more money to the donation,” she said. 

For more information on Coastal Hospice, visit www.coastalhospice.org. 

For more information on the Ocean Pines Yacht Club, visit www.opyachtclub.com. 

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