Monday, January 9, 2017

Upcoming Seminar: Integrative Therapies for PD

The Hope Parkinson Program invites health care professionals, therapists, volunteers, caregivers, and those living with Parkinson’s disease to attend Integrative Therapies for PD, an educational seminar on  Friday, January 13, 2017 at the Crowne Plaza Fort Myers at Bell Tower Shops.

Dr. Amanda Avila, Hope Parkinson Program medical director, will present How Complimentary Therapies Can Help Treat PD. Local movement disorder specialist Dr. Khadijah Shamseddine will discuss the value of keeping active in her presentation Move it or Lose it: Why exercise is important in Parkinson’s disease.

Seminar check-in opens at 9 a.m., and the program begins at 9:30 a.m. $10 per person includes valet parking and light refreshments. Seating is limited. Preregistration is required by Wednesday, Jan. 11 and can be completed online or by calling 239-985-7727.

The seminar is provided in partnership with Crowne Plaza Hotels & Resorts and Medtronic.

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Sandoval Brings Christmas Cheer to Hope Hospice Cape Coral


The Christmas Project began in 2010 when Mary Lou O’Phelan received a load of unfinished Christmas quilt blocks from Patty Bartkowski at the Cape Coral Quilt Guild. That year, 22 Christmas quilts were donated to Hope Hospice. The following year, many members of the Guild joined in, allowing the group to donate 57 Christmas quilts. In 2012 Mary Lou O’Phelan and Marcia Denning decided to start a Quilt Club at the Sandoval clubhouse, to meet once a week. That year, special kits were made for those who wanted to participate in the Christmas project. The Club donated a total of 76 quilts at a special luncheon event - which has since become a tradition of the Sandoval Quilt Club.

The group now meets twice a month to enjoy the process of quilting, and every year they are able to donate more quilts. This year, Sandoval Quilt Club members donated 120 Christmas quilts to be distributed to homebound Hope Hospice recipients. These quilts are made with love, and every member has contributed in some way to make the project a success. Others from the Cape Coral Quilt Guild have also contributed to the cause - resulting in a large number of quilts and a festive event! Special thanks also goes to volunteers Carol Rose, Mary Ann McCarthy, and Sandy Nelson for their effort and dedication.

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Tree of Lights in Hope Hospice Houses

For more than 25 years, Hope has celebrated the spirit of the holidays with the Tree of Lights memorial. Placing an ornament on a twinkling tree in memory of a loved one has become a cherished family tradition for many. Over the years, people have shared that this simple act is their favorite way to honor those who have touched their lives.

At each Hospice House, we have adorned the Tree of Lights with white paper butterflies featuring loved ones’ names. A gift of $25 ensures the placement of a personalized butterfly; with a gift of $50 or more, donors will also receive a 2016 metal keepsake ornament for their own tree. Ornaments may be purchased online at Donate.HopeHCS.org/TreeofLights or at the Hospice Houses’ front desks.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Anniversary Celebrations at Joanne’s House

Amy was looking forward to her 25th anniversary with her husband, Tom. She hoped to make it a very special occasion. Geri, a personal care specialist at Joanne’s House, asked what we could do to help make it memorable for the happy couple. Our volunteer coordinator was able to find a tablecloth and fine china from our volunteer closet. We provided their favorite dinner from Outback Steakhouse along with a celebratory cake. In the Hospice House kitchen, staff helped plate the dinner for a pretty presentation.

Not to be outdone, Barbara and John celebrated a special anniversary of their own not long afterwards! These two loving couples made everyone smile, showing us that at Hope Hospice, every day can truly be a gift.

Amy and Tom

Barbara and John

Celebration of Life Memorial Services: December 11

At Hope, we know that living with loss is one of life’s greatest challenges - especially during the holidays.

You and your family are welcome to join us as we come together in community, compassion and caring to celebrate the memory of our loved ones.

You may bring a photo of your loved one to display during the service. Seating is limited. RSVP no later than December 5 by calling (877) 856-2449.

All five services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 11:
  • Bonita Springs, Hope Community Room
  • Cape Coral, Hope Community Room
  • Fort Myers, Hope Community Room
  • Lehigh Acres, Hope Chapel
  • LaBelle, 475 E. Cowboy Way
See https://www.hopehcs.org/celebrationoflife

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Toast to Hope event raises more than $25,000 for Hope Healthcare

More than 135 friends, family and supporters of Hope Healthcare recently gathered for the 6th annual Toast to Hope event and raised more than $25,000 to benefit Hope Hospice of Cape Coral and the Tribute Gardens.

Organized by chair Gloria Tate and the Toast to Hope committee, the event featured silent and live auctions and live music at a private riverfront residence in North Fort Myers.

Hope’s Tribute Gardens offer the opportunity for families to enjoy the solace and beauty of the outdoors with their loved ones, away from the hospice setting.

Adam Culliton, Carol Culliton and Richard Metzger

Kathleen Passidomo, Gary and Connie Hogrefe

Monday, October 24, 2016

Lexington Country Club’s annual Italian Open golf tournament contributions surpass $100,000 mark with $34,600 raised to benefit Hope

Lexington Country Club members raised $34,600 at their sixth annual Italian Open golf tournament for Hope Hospice – and pushed the total donations over the history of the event past the $100,000 mark.

Event organizer Jerry Curcuru, along with his committee of Greg Salvia, Phil Bommarito and John Sackie, coordinated the Oct. 13 event for more than 300 members who enjoyed decorated golf carts, prizes for top golfers, raffles and an Italian-themed dinner.