Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Friends of Hope Kick Off Season with Annual Membership Tea

Friends of Hope Tea 2019

Nearly 150 Hope supporters attended the annual Friends of Hope Membership Tea at the Bonita Bay Club in Bonita Springs. Chaired by Donna Roberts, the annual member and guest event was the official kickoff of the group’s seasonal fundraisers for Hope Hospice, including the Spring Luncheon and Fashion Show at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point in March. The Friends of Hope committee has promoted fundraising and volunteering at Hope Hospice since 2002

Monday, November 18, 2019

Idelson Raises More than $35,000 for Hope Kids Care

Charles K. Idelson, Regional President of Busey Wealth Management in Fort Myers, ran this year’s New York Marathon and raised more than $35,000 for Hope Kids Care, a needs-based program provided to children who are living with complex medical conditions or coping with grief.

In the months before the Marathon, Idelson – a Hope Healthcare board member for more than 20 years – shared with friends and family that he was running to celebrate his 70th birthday and to support Hope Kids Care. He asked that they consider joining him in supporting the nonprofit organization that serves as a safety net for the community – including the youngest and most vulnerable among us.

“People responded with such incredible generosity,” said Idelson, former President and CEO of Investors’ Security Trust who is currently serving as Hope Healthcare’s board chair for the second time.

“They know Hope Kids Care provides counseling and care to children in need of comfort, and realize the impact of this program in the lives of the children and those who love them.”

Idelson crossed the finish line in 5:09, finishing 276 of 530 in his age group and ranking 40,150 out of 53,508 runners who completed the race.

“Charles is one of Hope’s most dedicated champions,” said Hope Healthcare President and CEO Samira K. Beckwith. “He knows that everything we provide for children - from home visits and respite care to counseling, art and music therapy – improves quality of life.”

Idelson’s wife, Linda, their three daughters and five grandchildren traveled to New York to cheer him on while wearing their “Team Papa running for Hope Kids Care” shirts. His oldest daughter, Ileanna Digiacinto, ran the marathon with him.

“Even when you’re on the board, you don’t fully understand the effect Hope has until you experience it for yourself,” said Idelson, whose mother passed under Hope Hospice’s care. “A lot of their care is for the family, and I can’t imagine families more in need of Hope than those living with a child who is suffering.”

 To learn more and support Hope Kids Care, visit Donate.HopeHCS.org/Idelson

Honor a Loved One with Hope Hospice’s Tree of Lights

Hope Hospice’s Tree of Lights tradition offers a way to commemorate loved ones while providing essential funds for those in need of hospice care and bereavement support.

In each Hope Care Center, a Tree of Lights will be adorned with white paper butterflies designated “in honor of” or “in memory of” a loved one by $30 donors.

Along with having a butterfly placed on the tree of their choice, $60 donors will also receive a keepsake metal ornament engraved with the Hope Hospice logo. In addition, with a gift of $300, a dedication stone will be engraved with the donor’s personal message and placed in one of Hope’s Tribute Gardens.

To learn more or make a donation, visit https://donate.hopehcs.org/treeoflights.

Friday, November 15, 2019

Ninth Annual Toast to Hope Raises Over $25,000 for Hope Hospice in Cape Coral

Toast to Hope 2019

More than 125 friends, family, and supporters gathered for the ninth annual Toast to Hope event and raised more than $25,000 to benefit Hope Hospice in Cape Coral.

Organized by chair Gloria Tate and the Toast to Hope committee, the event featured live and silent auctions, a cork pull and live music. Gary and Connie Hogrefe hosted the fundraiser, which was sponsored by the Robert J. Gunterberg Charitable Foundation.

Friday, November 8, 2019

Children's Grief Awareness Day: Healing Young Hearts

Children participate in theraputic art activities during Rainbow Trails Camp
While Hope Healthcare recognizes Children’s Grief Awareness Day on Thursday, November 21, they offer services designed to help heal our community’s youngest hearts all year long.

Hope’s professional bereavement counselors offer specialized one-on-one and group grief counseling for children who are coping with complex emotions after the loss of a family member or friend. In addition, family nights offer children a safe and supportive environment to share their feelings and take part in counselor-guided interactive grief activities.

Hope also offers an annual weekend-long Rainbow Trails Camp led by experienced counselors, art and music therapists, and community volunteers. Children ages six through 17 who have experienced the loss of a loved one during the past year are invited to engage in traditional camp activities, including crafts, swimming, and singing. They also learn skills to cope with grief and participate in activities to memorialize and say goodbye to a loved one.

“People of all ages experience loss and express grief in different ways,” said Samira K. Beckwith, Hope Healthcare President and CEO. “We created the Rainbow Trails Camp 30 years ago because we wanted to have a special place for children to interact with others who understand their loss.”

Registration is now open for the 2020 Rainbow Trails Camp on Friday, April 3 through Sunday, April 5 at the Riverside Retreat in LaBelle. There is no charge for the camp, and Hope will host an orientation for parents and guardians. Children will be picked up by bus from Hope’s Fort Myers campus on Friday and will return on Sunday afternoon.

To learn more about Rainbow Trails Camp or to register a camper, visit https://www.hopehcs.org/rainbowtrailscamp/.

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Second Annual Golf Fore Hope raises $11,500 for Hope Parkinson Program

Event Chair Martin Haas with Layne Callahan
More than 100 golfers raised $11,500 at the second annual Golf Fore Hope, a golf tournament to benefit the Hope Parkinson Program at The Golf Club at Magnolia Landing in North Fort Myers. Led by the committee of Martin Haas, Dino and Ann DeGrande and Alita Parody, the scramble format tournament included a 50/50 auction, mulligan sales and an awards luncheon. Golf Fore Hope was sponsored by Entech Business IT Solutions.

Thursday, October 24, 2019

A Hope Doula Story: Providing Practical, Emotional and Spiritual Support

“The lovely lady in this photo is Dotty. As a Hope Doula, we visit together weekly for several hours. Dotty lives alone aided by a caring neighbor as her caregiver. Dotty wonders, at 95, why she is still here. She’s ready to go. I’ve sensed that during our conversations as she speaks of her late husband. I asked her “what’s the first thing you’ll do when you see him in heaven?” She replied, “l’ll run to him and kiss him.” She talks openly about her faith, and loves when Chaplain Bill visits, so I’ve been playing Christian music for her. She loves it. As I listen to her share sad feelings, I don’t try to change her mind. I tell her I understand. I miss my husband too. A Doula offers comfort, support and compassion to those nearing life’s end by providing physical, emotional and spiritual support. When I write my Doula Report, my words provide an extra set of eyes and ears to Dotty’s social worker. I’m part of the Hope team. It’s ironic, when Dotty complains about all the people who come and go. Yet when I leave, she stands up for a big hug and yells as I open the front door, “When are you coming back? Come back anytime.” I reply, “I’ll be back.”
~ Shalom, Shelly Goldenberg

About Hope's End of Life Doulas

Just as birth doulas help mothers bring their newborns into the world, end of life doulas bring comfort to those who are in their final days – as well as their families.

A volunteer doula can provide emotional and spiritual support through the end of life process. After completing their certification, Hope Doulas are assigned to individuals or families who may be struggling to cope with the challenges of living with serious illness.

Doulas visit on a regular basis to identify ways to assist the family and loved ones. They will also collaborate directly with the Hope interdisciplinary team members, including nurses, social workers, aides, chaplains, and others. During the final hours, doulas may arrange for additional volunteers to sit vigil.

Hope's Doulas have a minimum of one year of experience with direct care and complete an in-depth educational series, which includes topics such as compassionate care, legacy projects, Reiki, advance card planning, anticipatory grief and bereavement, active listening, ritual and vigil, and spiritual pain. They are prepared for deep, meaningful work that requires an increased level of volunteer commitment.

Tenth Annual Donation Drive at Evelyn & Arthur Benefits Hope Chest at The Crossings

In honor of National Hospice and Palliative Care Month, Evelyn & Arthur at The Promenade at Bonita Bay is continuing their decade-long tradition of offering shoppers a special discount on an in-store purchase from Friday, November 1 through Sunday, November 23 if they bring in a gently used item of women’s or men’s clothing, an accessory, or a pair of shoes for donation. Shoppers will receive a 20% coupon for any one regular price item of $75 or more. One discount coupon is offered per donation, not item.

Throughout the drive, Evelyn & Arthur is also selling blue pashminas for $28, with all proceeds benefiting Hope Hospice. Evelyn & Arthur, who has partnered with Hope since 2008, collects the donated apparel for Hope Chest at The Crossings, the resale store for Hope Hospice.

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Hope Kids Care inaugural event Shine raises $440,000


More than 250 Southwest Floridians with a passion for supporting children and families attended Shine, raising $440,000 to benefit Hope Kids Care Oct. 11 at the historic Edison and Ford Winter Estates in Fort Myers. Shine featured an elegant evening with cocktails, dinner, music, entertainment, and a “Fund-A-Need” Live Auction to support the essential services of Hope Kids Care.

A service of Hope Healthcare, Hope Kids Care provides no-cost care to families in need, offering one-on-one children’s counseling including art and music therapy, and Rainbow Trails bereavement camp; medical care including palliative and respite care; and support including caregiver education, social services, volunteer support and Hopeful Wishes to meet other family needs.

“For most families, childhood is a time of growth, development and good health. But for children living with serious medical conditions and grief, there is Hope Kids Care,” said Samira K. Beckwith, president and CEO of Hope Healthcare. “While the program has served children for more than 30 years, there is a vital need to fundraise right now. Incredible community support, like that shown at SHINE, ensures that we can continue to provide Hope to every child in need of comfort through one of our special programs.”

Annual Italian Open Golf Tournament Raises Over $44,000

Lexington Italian Open
Lexington Country Club members raised over $44,000 at the eighth annual Italian Open golf tournament for Hope Hospice – and pushed the total donations over the history of the event to nearly $200,000.

Jerry Curcuru, Greg Salvia, Phil Bommarito and John Sackie led the committee that coordinated the October 10 event for nearly 300 club members who enjoyed golf foursomes in the morning and afternoon, followed by an Italian-themed dinner with a silent auction, prizes, and golf awards.

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Men’s Grief Toolkit: A 6 Week Series for Men Coping with Loss

All men ages 18 and up who have lost a loved one are welcome to join us for this informative series, led by professional Hope staff members. Topics include Grief 101, Defining a New Normal, and Strategies for Dealing with Loss. Sessions are provided at no charge.

Please call ahead to reserve your space for this biweekly workshop. Register with Lorrie McCann, LMHC at 239.985.7716 or e-mail Lorrie.McCann@HopeHCS.org.

Hope Community Room at 9470 HealthPark Circle, Fort Myers, FL 33908
All sessions held from 6:00 - 7:30pm
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Thursday, August 22, 2019

Golf Fore Hope to benefit Hope Parkinson Program

Golf Fore Hope, a golf tournament to benefit the Hope Parkinson Program, is scheduled for Saturday, October 5 at The Golf Club at Magnolia Landing at 3501 Avenida Del Vera Blvd., North Fort Myers. The scramble format tournament will begin with an 8:30 a.m. shotgun start and will include 18 holes of golf. Afterwards, golfers will enjoy a cookout lunch featuring prizes, raffles and more. Individual golfers are $75 each; four-golfer teams are $300. The event is limited to 25 teams. Hole sponsorships are available for $100. Online registration and sponsorships are available at Donate.HopeHCS.org/Golf.

“From movement classes and educational events, to support meetings for patients and caregivers, the Hope Parkinson Program serves an important need in our community,” said event coordinator Martin Haas. “Since exercise has proven benefits for those with Parkinson’s, this tournament is a great way to exercise and show our support for this amazing organization.”

Golf Fore Hope is sponsored by Entech Business IT Solutions with 100% of the event proceeds benefiting the Hope Parkinson Program. For information on registration and hole sponsorships, contact Martin Haas at martin@entechus.com or 239-229-1000.