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
  • Wednesday, October 2 
  • Wednesday, October 16 
  • Wednesday, October 30 
  • Wednesday, November 13 
  • Wednesday, November 27
  • Wednesday, December 11

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.

Grief Day Camp for Children this September

Hope Healthcare and Avow are hosting a special day camp for children ages 7 through 17 who have experienced the loss of a loved one on Saturday, September 7 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Conservancy of Southwest Florida located at 1495 Smith Preserve Way in Naples.

Led by Hope and Avow’s professional staff, the camp is designed to help children explore their emotions and learn to cope with feelings of grief. Lunch is included; transportation is not provided. To reserve a spot or for more information, please contact Michelle.Milita@HopeHCS.org.

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.