Friday, July 12, 2019

Babcock Ranch named Starlight Sponsor for Shine


Babcock Ranch is the title “Starlight” sponsor for Shine, the inaugural signature benefit for Hope Kids Care. Hosted by event chairs State Senator Lizbeth Benacquisto and attorney Jenna Persons, Shine will be held on Friday, Oct. 11 at 5 p.m. at the historic Edison and Ford Winter Estates in Fort Myers. The elegant evening includes cocktails, dinner, music, entertainment and a “Fund-A-Need” Live Auction to support the essential services of Hope Kids Care.

Additional Shine sponsors include Millennium Physician Group, Gunterberg Charitable Foundation, Priority Marketing, DeAngelis Diamond and OFDC Commercial Interiors. Sponsorships are still available, and commitments secured through July 25 will receive the greatest opportunity for promotion. To learn more about securing a sponsorship to give hope and help kids, call 239-482-4672 or visit donate.hopehcs.org/shinesponsors.

To reserve your tickets to attend Shine, visit donate.hopehcs.org/shine.

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Beckwith named among Top 100 Graduates of the Century by the Ohio State University's College of Social Work

Hope Healthcare President and CEO Samira K. Beckwith was named among the top 100 graduates of the century in the Ohio State University’s College of Social Work. She was recognized for her contributions to shaping the future of the profession in the 100th Anniversary issue of The Stillman, the University’s College of Social Work newsletter.

Beckwith, who earned a master’s degree from OSU in 1977, has led Hope Healthcare for 28 years. She said the opportunity to serve in the hospice field is her greatest accomplishment.

“Being at the bedside shows you that every moment is special and important,” said Beckwith. “I've had the wonderful opportunity to make a difference for people.”

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

New Parkinson Program Newsletter Available

The latest issue of the Hope Parkinson Program newsletter is now available online. This issue covers July, August and September 2019. Learn more about our upcoming events!

https://online.flippingbook.com/view/717035/

Friday, June 14, 2019

Tickets now available for SHINE, a benefit for Hope Kids Care

SHINE Committee 2019
Jenna Persons, Lizbeth Benacquisto to co-chair inaugural signature event Oct. 11 at Edison & Ford Winter Estates

Hope Healthcare invites Southwest Floridians with a passion for supporting children and families to attend Shine, its inaugural signature benefit for Hope Kids Care on Friday, Oct. 11 at 5 p.m. at the historic Edison & Ford Winter Estates in Fort Myers. Shine will feature an elegant evening to include cocktails, dinner, music, entertainment, and a “Fund-A-Need” Live Auction to support the essential services of Hope Kids Care. State Senator Lizbeth Benacquisto and attorney Jenna Persons have been named the event co-chairs, and committee members include Stacey Adams, Rebekah MacFarlane Barney, Noelle Branning, BJ Brundage, Rachel Busch, Lillian Canfield, Laurie Moore, Vanessa Pena and Amy Thibaut. Reservations are limited and tickets may be purchased at Donate.HopeHCS.org/SHINE.

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 chronic illness or serious medical conditions, 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. Decreased care reimbursements and increased regulations have impacted funding and the organization needs community support to ensure that Hope Kids Care continues to serve families in need.”

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Beckwith Granted Honorary Degree from Piedmont College

Samira K. Beckwith with Board of Trustees Chair Thomas A. “Gus” Arendale III and President James F. Mellichamp of Piedmont College
Hope Healthcare President and CEO Samira K. Beckwith presented the graduate commencement address at Piedmont College in Demorest, Georgia, where she was also granted an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters in recognition of her contributions to the field of hospice.

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Hope Kids Care: Erica's Story

In 2002, Erica was diagnosed with medulloblastoma, a cancerous brain tumor, and was given large doses of chemotherapy and radiation. Although the treatments put her in remission, they resulted in multiple organ failure and growth failure. She also had significant problems with both her hearing and vision.

As Erica began spending more time in bed, her senses became increasingly important to her. She worried that she wouldn’t be able to learn to play the piano, which had been something she’d looked forward to for a long time. Fortunately, Hope’s music therapist was able to bring her a piano that could go across her lap and marked all the keys with different colors. In her excitement to learn, Erica quickly mastered multiple songs!

Although she enjoyed her success with music therapy, Erica was bothered by her poor eyesight, which was preventing her from seeing anything across the room or even watching TV. The Hope Kids Care team contacted Snead Eye Group, who graciously donated a cute pair of frames – in an extra special color.

Erica blurted out, “Purple is my favorite!” as soon as she saw her new glasses and was overjoyed to put them on. She started joking about how clearly she could see everybody in the room. Her family decided to celebrate by going to the movies to see Mary Poppins Returns.

Although she certainly has a tough road ahead, Erica’s happy spirit, huge smile, and constant laughter inspire us every day.

If you want to help others like Erica, please consider making a gift to Hope Kids Care. With your support, we can provide comforting care for children with complex medical conditions and their families.

Visit Donate.HopeHCS.org/kids

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Rotary Club of Fort Myers Golf Tournament 2019

The Rotary Club of Fort Myers is hosting a Golf Tournament at River Hall Country Club located at 3500 River Hall Pkwy, Alva, FL 33920. The event will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 1.

Registration is $125 per player. Players will have the chance to sink a hole-on-one on the designated Par 3 to win a 6 day trip for two to the 2020 Masters!

Sponsorship opportunities are available. Hole Sponsor Signs are $250 each; Birdie Sponsors are $1,500, with 14 spots available. Birdie Sponsorships include:
  • Large Hole Sponsor sign with two additional tee box signs 
  • Golf for 4 players, includes food 
  • 4 raffle tickets 
  • 4 Par 3 Masters Tickets 
  • 1 Yard Stick 
  • Logo on swag items

Proceeds from this golf tournament will benefit Hope Healthcare and the Rotary Trust Fund. To register, contact Anthony Idaspe at 239-220-8477 or aidaspe@informedchoice.com.

Monday, April 22, 2019

Walk 4 Hope raises nearly $10K for Hope Parkinson Program

To kick off National Parkinson’s Awareness Month, more than 200 walkers and supporters participated in Walk 4 Hope at Lakes Regional Park and raised nearly $10,000 for the Hope Parkinson Program.

Several Walk 4 Hope Trailblazers undertook additional fundraising efforts for Hope’s annual event that was sponsored by Millennium Physician Group and Personal Training by Jeri Ann and supported by Florida Neurology Group and Neurology Specialists.

Walk 4 Hope 2019

Friday, April 19, 2019

Jayden Sells His Toys for Hope Hospice

Jayden’s grandmother, Rose, was having a garage sale, when he asked if he could sell some of his toys to raise money for hospice. With a touch of surprise, his grandmother asked why. Jayden replied, “because they helped Poppy live a little bit longer.”

With his mission in mind, 10 year old Jayden began in earnest. He collected his toys, beanie babies, and bottles of water, making himself a special section along the driveway. He carefully wrote out a sign explaining that proceeds of the sale would benefit Hope Hospice because they cared for his Poppy. Two large photos of his beloved grandfather sat nearby.

It was a good day for toy sales! After collecting the money, Jayden promptly made a donation of $65 to Hope Hospice.

Jayden’s story is a reminder that each day is a gift. As Jayden and his Poppy’s time together grew short, the comforting care they received from Hope Hospice allowed them to enjoy very special moments together near the end. Poppy passed away, but the love he shared with his grandson sparked a gift that can help other families who are also in need of compassionate end of life care.

It is humbling to witness a generous spirit in someone as young as Jayden. We hope that his enthusiasm for giving will now inspire others to support the mission of Hope Hospice.

Please make a gift of $65 today in honor of Jayden. Just as his love for his grandfather will have no end, Hope Hospice will continue helping families in need, so that they too will celebrate each day as a gift.

Give online at Donate.HopeHCS.org/Jayden

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Friends of Hope luncheon raises $115,000 for Hope Hospice

The Friends of Hope Women’s Committee recently hosted its annual luncheon at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort and Spa, raising $115,000 to benefit Hope Hospice.

Event chairs Barbara Caccese, Etta Smith and Signe Wynne, along with event committee members, coordinated the event for more than 250 guests. ABC7 morning anchor Jen Stacy emceed the afternoon, which featured boutique shopping, raffle prizes, silent auction and a fashion show presented by Chico’s and Soma.

Henderson, Franklin, Starnes, and Holt, P.A. served as presenting sponsor. Event sponsors included AmFund, Chico’s FAS and Northern Trust.

Spring Luncheon 2019