Friday, January 24, 2020

Friends of Hope’s Annual Luncheon and Fashion Show to Benefit Hope Hospice


The annual Friends of Hope Spring Luncheon is planned for Monday, March 16 at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort and Spa. The event will feature a fun day of boutique shopping, raffle prizes, and a fashion show presented by Kathryn’s Collection to benefit Hope Hospice and Rainbow Trails Camp.

Shopping begins at 10:30 a.m. with a collection of silk scarves, leather handbags, fine jewelry, pottery, glasswork, and accessories.

Special Girlfriends Tables are available for 10 guests and include two bottles of wine, signage, and recognition for $1,350. Individual tickets for the event are $100 each.

To purchase tickets, Girlfriends Tables, or to make a donation in support of the event, visit Donate.HopeHCS.org/Lunch2020.

The 2020 Friends of Hope Spring Luncheon is planned by Chair Etta Smith and Co-chair Heather Clegg, with committee members Billie Jans, Ellen LaFazia, Claire McMahon, Nancy Near, Jean Paradis, Reggie Polsenberg, Donna Roberts, Patt Suwyn, Adele Waddell, Sylvia Weiss, Carol Wood, and Signe Wynne.

See photos from last year's event!

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Volunteers Needed: Annual Rainbow Trails Camp

Hope is seeking volunteers for their annual Rainbow Trails camp designed for children ages six through 17 who have experienced the loss of a loved one during the past year.

 Scheduled for Friday, April 3 through Sunday, April 5 at the Riverside Retreat in LaBelle, Rainbow Trails Camp is led by experienced Hope counselors, art and music therapists and is supported by community volunteers. Adults age 18 and over are invited to apply to volunteer in a number of roles, including chaperones, pre- and post-camp registration and reception, first-aid nurses, kitchen staff, buddies, room monitors, and safety and security. Some roles require two overnight stays at the LaBelle campsite; others do not.

All camp volunteers must attend an orientation session prior to camp. The application deadline is Friday, February 21. Visit https://donate.hopehcs.org/rtcvol to apply online.

Friday, January 10, 2020

Hope Parkinson Program Celebrates 10th Anniversary in 2020


In 2020, Hope Parkinson Program celebrates ten years of support provided to nearly 4,000 engaged members of our local Parkinson’s community.

Throughout the past decade, Hope has built a robust Parkinson Program offering conferences and symposia with renowned Parkinson’s experts and motivational speakers, educational events with community partners, professionally-led support groups and workshops, movement classes - from tai chi and dancing to water aerobics, and friendship-fostering events like the annual sunset cruise and holiday ice cream social. The program also offers a Young Onset Parkinson’s Dinner to connect those seeking support after an early Parkinson’s diagnosis.

The Hope Parkinson Program recently launched a new mobile-friendly website that makes it easy to sign up for events like the annual Symposium. The program’s quarterly newsletter provides its growing membership with information, resources, and inspiration.

“The Hope Parkinson program educates and empowers our members – many of whom are care partners – and provides opportunities to connect with one another,” said Samira K. Beckwith, President and CEO of Hope Healthcare. “Our participants share their successes and learn from each other’s experiences. Within our caring community, our goal is to make the road less lonely. As we navigate the Parkinson’s journey together, our members find comfort in knowing they are not alone.”

Miriam Dieppa, a Hope Parkinson Program member since 2015, shared, “Hope has improved my quality of life and helped me meet other great people in my community with Parkinson’s.”

Monday, January 6, 2020

Hope Parkinson Program’s Annual Symposium: Education, Empowerment & Energy

Health care professionals, therapists, volunteers, care partners and those living with Parkinson’s disease are invited to a morning of education, empowerment, and energy at the annual Hope Parkinson Symposium on Friday, Feb. 7 at Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre at Royal Palm Square in Fort Myers.

Seating is limited, and pre-registration is required. Registration fees of $20 per person includes beverages, a deluxe lunch buffet, and dessert.

Dr. Julie Schwartzbard
An optional pre-event lecture at 10 a.m. by movement disorder specialist Dr. Julie Schwartzbard will present “Recognizing Off Periods in Parkinson’s and the Role of a Unique Treatment Option.”

Leslie Gibson-Weiland, RN
The Symposium begins at 11 a.m. with award-winning speaker and humor therapist Leslie Gibson-Weiland, RN discussing “The Positive Power of Humor, Hope, and Healing.”

Nikolaus McFarland, MD, PhD
The featured speaker is Nikolaus McFarland, M.D., Ph.D., a movement specialist at University of Florida Center for Movement Disorders and Neurorestoration Chief, Movement Disorder Division, Associate Professor of Neurology. Dr. McFarland will present “What’s New in Medical Care, Research and Treatments for PD.”

Pete and Kelly Gaylord
The event concludes with “Care Partner Communication Tips and Tricks” with Pete and Kelly Gaylord.

Symposium exhibitors include FYZICAL Therapy and Balance Centers, Hope Healthcare, Lee Health Rehabilitation Services, and US WorldMeds. The pre-symposium lecture Presenting Sponsor is ACORDA Therapeutics. Supporting sponsors include Abbott, ACADIA Pharmaceuticals, Boston Scientific, and Personal Training by Jeri Ann.

Monday, December 30, 2019

Windmill Village Home Expo to Benefit Hope Hospice


Enjoy free admission and free parking at the second annual Home Expo at Windmill Village, held on Saturday, January 25 from 10 am to 2 pm. Enter to win over 30 door prizes, donated by the event vendors, or take part in a 50-50 raffle opportunity. A portion of the proceeds from this event will benefit Hope Hospice.

Vendors include (but are not limited to):
  • All Aboard Travel 
  • All Weather Roofing 
  • Baldwin Brothers Funeral and Cremation Society 
  • Bassine Insurance Agency 
  • Bath Fitter 
  • Calusa Harbour 
  • Cool Air 
  • Dish Network 
  • Empire Air Services 
  • Florida Anchor and Barrier 
  • Freedom Vapor Barrier 
  • Grace Medical and Chiropractic 
  • Hoglund Family Hearing and Audiology Center 
  • Hole in One Golf Carts 
  • Integrity Independent Insurance Agent 
  • National Cremation Society 
  • North Fort Myers Neighbor 
  • Southwest Florida Ankle and Foot Care Specialists 
  • Suncoast Credit Union 
  • Triton Air and Heat 
  • United Healthcare 
For questions, please contact event organizer Nick Petti at 419-348-3496.

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.