Tuesday, October 11, 2016

12th annual Fillet and Release Fishing Tournament raises $36,000 to benefit Hope Hospice

Matanzas on the Bay on Fort Myers Beach hosted the 12th annual Fillet and Release Fishing Tournament, raising $36,000 to benefit Hope Hospice. A total of 104 boats participated in the light tackle, inshore fishing tournament on Sept. 24, raising a record amount for Hope Hospice. In addition to the funds raised through entry fees, the first place and second place teams also generously donated $5,000 and $1,000, respectively, of their winnings to Hope Hospice.

“This year’s Fillet and Release Fishing Tournament was another huge success, with Southwest Florida anglers coming together to help raise a record number of funds for Hope Hospice,” said Glen Petrarca, general manager of Matanzas on the Bay. “Hope Hospice does so much to care for those in need, and we are honored to support its mission by hosting this community event each year.”

Amy Andrew, event coordinator of the Fillet and Release Fishing Tournament, has led the annual event since its inception in 2004 to raise funds for Hope Hospice, a nonprofit organization that has taken care of many families, including her own. The 12th annual tournament marked Andrew’s final year leading the event.

“Happy to say that I went out with a bang my final year. Being able to give $36,000 to Hope Hospice is a great feeling,” Andrew said. “Over the past 12 years I have raised $129,540.00. I feel like I have done my part to give back for all Hope Hospice did for my family. I know my grandma and grandpa would be proud. Thanks to everyone who helped make the Fillet and Release for Hope Hospice such a successful event.”

The winning teams of the 2016 Fillet and Release Fishing Tournament include:

  • First Place: Reel Nauti Davis; Eric and Alexandria Davis
  • Second Place: Ferguson; Scotty Darna, Tyler Evenson, Robert Ball and Dylan Geraci
  • Third Place: Renegade; Dillon Massie, Brian Harris, Lisa Harris and Troy Gale
  • Redfish Calcutta: Reel Nauti Davis; Eric and Alexandria Davis
  • Mystery Fish: Team Shenanigans; Karl Butigian, Rick Jordan and Jeff Lindsey
  • Female Largest Redfish: Reel Nauti Davis; Alexandria Davis
  • Smallest Legal Redfish: Miley’s Diesel Service; Steve Miley, Donna Miley and John Judge

Winners were determined by the total weight of fish caught. Eligible species included redfish and snook, and all fish were released following the weigh-in.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Hope Chest celebrates Labor Day with weekend sales

Shoppers can enjoy a weekend of savings as Hope Chest upscale resale stores celebrate Labor Day.

On Friday, Sept. 2, Saturday, Sept. 3 and Monday, Sept. 5, visitors to the Hope Chest stores in Bonita Springs and North Fort Myers will discover brand-name clothing, high-quality furniture, specialty home goods, antiques and collectibles – many priced at up to 50 percent off.

Proceeds from the Hope Chest stores benefit Hope HealthCare Services programs that provide exceptional care and support to individuals and their loved ones as they fulfill life’s journey.

Located at 28520 Bonita Crossings Blvd., off U.S. 41 south of Bonita Beach Road, Hope Chest at The Crossings is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday. The North Fort Myers Hope Chest at 13821 N Cleveland Ave. is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Providing More than Food at Hope Connections

In July, our Hope Connections office received a very concerned call from the local Area Agency on Aging. A homeless senior was living in a van, and there were reports that he wasn’t eating.

On the same day, our case manager Ruby was able to find his location, and they met at the side of the road. We were able to provide a cooler full of ice, water, juice and milk as well as hot meals and some shelf stable food items. Hope Connections staff continued to provide hot meals daily while getting to know this special person.

Although he was very reluctant to accept assistance at first, Ruby established a personal connection during the meal deliveries – always delivered by the side of the road.

With that new foundation of trust, the senior reached out to local housing entities and began working with the homeless program to transition to more permanent housing.

Hunger is often a symptom of more complicated problems, but the simple act of providing food can build a relationship that can lead to many life-changing solutions.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Bonita Springs Events Committee Theme Party

This lovely Father Day Party in Bonita Springs was hosted by Hope volunteers Ann Haxter, Judi Horvath, Linda Cagan and Pam Hoctel - who also created the special theme cake. Victoria Thrift played the piano to entertain the guests who attended this special event at Joanne's House.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Save the Date: Parkinson Fall Forum

Hope Parkinson Program Fall Forum

Friday October 7
10:00 a.m. to Noon
Crowne Plaza Fort Myers at Bell Tower Shops (map)

Presentations Include:
Dr. Amanda Avila, Hope Parkinson Program Medical Director
"PD Medical Treatments: Fact versus Fiction"

Patricia Radford, Senior Associate Director, Advancement
The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research
"Current Research and Foundation Updates"

Seating is limited; registration is required.
Online registration opens Friday, August 26.

Friday, July 8, 2016

Hope Volunteer Secures $500 through State Farm Matching Gift

M., a Hope volunteer, submitted a record of his hours for a matching grant through the State Farm Companies Foundation Good Neighbors Matching Gift Program.

As a retired State Farm employee, his 77 hours of volunteering were credited with a $500 donation to Hope.

M. was originally recruited at a State Farm volunteer fair - where he ran into a hospice nurse who had cared for his first wife during her illness. Through this very personal connection, his passion for giving back became the start of a long career as a hospice volunteer.

Since 2009, M. has volunteered for Hope during his seasonal residence in southwest Florida, visiting individuals in our care at local facilities and the Hope Hospice House.

For those who are considering volunteering directly with individuals as he does, M. shared words of encouragement:

"In these controlled settings, you don't really have anything to worry about. There is support for you everywhere you turn. And, you'll find that very few people want to talk about their illness. They want to talk about their family members, where they're from... it's not difficult to do. Volunteering makes me feel good about myself."

Many large companies like State Farm offer similar Volunteer Matching grants. For example:

  • Aetna: $300 for every 20 hours
  • ConocoPhillips: $500 for every 20 hours 
  • Dell: $150 for every 10 hours
  • ExxonMobil: $500 for every 20 hours 
  • Microsoft: $25 per hour
  • Outerwall (Coinstar/Redbox): $15 per hour
  • RealNetworks: $15 per hour
  • Time Warner and Subsidiaries: $500
  • Verizon: $750 for every 50 hours 

To look up companies or organizations that offer matching gifts for monetary donations, use the online Blackbaud search tool.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Hope Volunteers Complete Unique Legacy Project for Lee

Maureen Pollock and Anabel Rodriguez worked together to create a meaningful legacy for Lee to pass on to her daughter Brenda - and to future generations of her family.

Lee, who resides in a local facility, was given in-depth interviews by Maureen and Anabelle. At 100 years old, Lee had plenty of details to share from her life's history.

Her Legacy of Hope included details about her childhood in a whaling town of Massachusetts, sharing a basement toilet with three other families in their neighborhood, and her first time seeing a Model T car with a hand crank start. It describes her experiences working as a seamstress and later moving to California.

This one-of-a-kind memory piece will be treasured by Lee's family for many years to come.

About Legacy of Hope 
Throughout time, old age was revered and rare. The stories of a community’s past were treasured for their wisdom. Oral traditions were valuable history, and writing helped preserve even greater detail. In western culture, individuals would give testimony to their beliefs and values - in written form - to be read along with news of an inheritance. It was called a “Last Will and Testament.”

Hope volunteers help the individuals in our care pass on their values, affirmations and stories. They may give a message to family, friends, coworkers or anyone who attends their memorial service. The format can be completely customized for individual preferences. Some may wish to use a journal, a handwritten note, a video or an audio message.

They may want to tell stories about their lives. Some may have a proverbial saying they want to be remembered by. Or, someone could choose to leave messages in envelopes to be opened by their loved ones on important dates in the future.

Hope volunteers meet to help with these ideas, listen and write down or record stories. They help with editing and presentation, as needed. Finally, they ensure that the messages reach their intended audience.

Anyone is Hope's care may choose to participate in a Legacy of Hope project.