Thursday, April 14, 2011

Celebration of Women to highlight style of the ’70s

Tickets now on sale for Hope Hospice April fundraiser at Harborside Event Center

Tickets are selling quickly for the fourth annual Celebration of Women to benefit Hope Hospice. The event – which draws a sold-out crowd for one of the most celebrated social luncheons of the year – takes place Thursday, April 28, at the Harborside Event Center in downtown Fort Myers.

This year’s special twist: A lively and fun tribute to the 1970s, with outfits and decorations that embrace the spirit of a decade that saw women’s roles in society evolve significantly.
“This year’s theme, ‘Hope’s Angels,’ is about celebrating the adventure and style of the 1970s to honor the female spirit and the important role women have in our society as caregivers,” said Samira K. Beckwith, president and CEO of Hope HealthCare Services. “It’s also an opportunity to come together and share laughs with friends. It’s the same philosophy we use at Hope every day – to give each person the opportunity to live life to the fullest.”

Individual tickets for Celebration of Women are only $55 each. Doors will open at 11 a.m. with a champagne reception, silent auction and boutique-style shopping, followed by lunch and the highly anticipated fashion show.

Nearly 1,000 guests are expected. The broad variety of vendors will donate a portion of their proceeds to Hope Hospice, and event guests can participate in a raffle for high-end prizes.

“We have more than 20 local women who have been working tirelessly for months to make this event spectacular and, most importantly, to increase awareness and support for Hope Hospice,” said Sandy Stilwell, event chair. “We all face end-of-life issues, whether for ourselves or someone we love, and Hope Hospice provides the kind of exceptional care and services we want for our families and our community.”

Spring, summer and resort fashions– from casual to evening wear – will be featured in the fashion show presented by Saks Fifth Avenue and Bell Tower Shops. Also, event guests will have an opportunity to bid on one-of-a-kind vacation packages, jewelry, spa services, fine dining and more during the silent auction. A washer and dryer will be one of the prizes offered in the raffle.

Proceeds from the event benefit Hope HealthCare Services, with a special focus on Hope Kids Care for children who are in hospice, seriously ill or grieving a loss. Through its Kids Care programs, Hope provides developmentally appropriate services to infants, children and adolescents with life-limiting conditions and their families. Hope’s holistic approach to hospice care for children includes emotional, spiritual and practical support, art and music therapy, massage, aromatherapy and pet therapy. In addition, Kids Care offers pain control and symptom management, counseling and respite for family caregivers. This year, guests at the event will have the opportunity to sponsor a child in Hope Kids Care with a $50 donation. Each sponsor will receive a custom-designed scarf from Hope Hospice.

Major event sponsors include Architecture Inc., Gulfshore Life Media, Harborside Event Center, Home-Tech, The News-Press Media Group, Saks Fifth Avenue and Bell Tower Shops, The George and Mary Jo Sanders Foundation, and TOTI Media, Inc./Times of the Islands.

Tables for eight guests are available for $550; event sponsorships are available from $1,500 to $5,000. Valet parking will be available at Harborside Event Center throughout the event.

For sponsorship information or to purchase individual tickets, contact Sherri Holly at 239-985-7789 or Sherri.Holly@hopehcs.org. For more information about the event, visit hopehcs.org/celebration.