Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Tickets Now Available for Celebration of Women

For the past five years, nearly 1,000 women have gathered each spring in downtown Ft. Myers to honor the female spirit and the important role women have in our society as caregivers. The Celebration of Women to benefit Hope Hospice has been a sellout every year. Tickets are now on sale for the 2012 event, and organizers are projecting another sellout.

What makes the Celebration so popular? The fun! This year, guests will enjoy a champagne reception, silent auction, raffle, boutique shopping, lunch, and a fashion show by Saks Fifth Avenue, Jennifer’s and Brodeur Carvelle. Nationally-acclaimed musical artists Mark Sanders and Lee Van Asten will perform Broadway show tunes.

Winners in the auction and raffle will have even more reasons to celebrate. Among the available items:
A pink Piaggio Vespa LX50 scooter valued at $6,000
Unprecedented personal pampering with a $1,500 gift certificate to Azul Spa
A 46-inch flat screen TV from Bill Smith Appliances and Electronics, valued at $1,399
A Whirlpool Cabrio Energy Star, High-Efficiency Washer and Dryer, valued at $1,800, courtesy of Home-Tech

“’See you at the Celebration!’” has become something I hear throughout the year from so many people in the community,” said Hope President and CEO Samira K. Beckwith. “We really look forward to this fun afternoon with long-time friends and new ones, in support of a very important cause.”

L-R: Event Committee member Heather Fitzenhagen; Committee Co-Chair Sandy Stilwell;
Hope HealthCare Services President and CEO Samira K. Beckwith

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Hope President Samira K. Beckwith to be Featured on VoiceAmerica

Hope HealthCare Services President and CEO Samira K. Beckwith will be a guest on “The Dr. Melanie Show,” a web-based talk radio program with 2.5 million listeners worldwide. Beckwith will address the roles of social workers in caring for people with serious and advanced illness.

Beckwith received an undergraduate and Masters Degree in Social Work from The Ohio State University. She is a Licensed Certified Social Worker and an inductee in The Ohio State University College of Social Work Hall of Fame. She has also been honored by the National Association of Social Workers.

The Dr. Melanie Show, hosted by Dr. Melanie Barton, focuses on education and resources related to health and wellness. In observance of National Social Work Month in March, Beckwith and Dr. Melanie will discuss social work issues including care management, managing the activities of daily living; in-home safety; encouraging socialization; and caregiver support.

The program will originally be aired on March 22 at 1 pm on the VoiceAmerica Health and Wellness Channel. It will be archived on the site for future access.