Thursday, August 23, 2012

Fillet and Release Fishing Tournament

"Every year I organize the tournament to raise money for Hope Hospice in order give back what they did for my family,"
said Amy Andrew, tournament coordinator. "Hope Hospice is a wonderful organization and I am truly honored to raise the donations that will benefit so many families."

The eighth annual Fillet and Release Tournament that benefits Hope Hospice will have a special appearance by the Jagerette's on Sept. 15. The event will have a cash pay out of $7,050 based on a 30 boat entry. Tournament team members as well as everyone that gives a donation to Hope Hospice at the event will have an opportunity to meet and have photos with the Jagerettes. A Captain's meeting will be held at Bahama Breeze at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 14 and the weigh in will be at Matanzas Inn on Fort Myers Beach on the 15th.

The Fillet and Release Tournament has been consistent with entry growth as well as donations since its first year in 2005. What began with 10 boats in 2005, turned public in 2007, and that year had 24 team entries with $1000 going to Hope Hospice. This past year the event had grown to 48 team entries and $10,360 in donations to Hope Hospice. Angler's cash prizes have also grown from $5,000 in 2009 to $7,200 in 2011 for 1st place.

Prize donations are still being collected and detailed tournament location, rules and entry forms can be found at their website,

For more information and to donate prizes contact: Amy Andrew, 239-940-4473, Email amyandrew7 at

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Rasmussen College conducts nurse pinning ceremony at Hope Hospice House

Rasmussen College’s inaugural graduating class of registered nurses was honored in a Pinning Ceremony at the Hope Hospice House in Cape Coral.

This hospice house is one of four operated by Hope HealthCare Services in Lee County and the venue where the nurses participated in their first clinical experience. The 11 nurses-in-training were able to gain practical experience with patients, according to Jackie Houle, dean of nursing at the college’s Fort Myers campus.

“We thought it would be nice for the students to finish where they started,” Houle said. “I think the venue was very befitting for our nurses.”

As part of the two-year-old nursing program at Rasmussen, students complete 570 hours of clinical experience to earn an associate degree. At the hospice house, students learn fundamental skills, including bathing, mealtime assistance, transporting patients and administering medications, Houle said.

“This is the first clinical experience they have as students, and Hope has done a great job ensuring that it’s a meaningful one,” she said. “The staff is always welcoming and willing to provide them with real-world experience as a clinical partner.”

Rasmussen’s nursing program, launched in the summer of 2010, currently has 191 nursing candidates who will complete their fundamental clinical experience at a Hope Hospice House.

The college has been approved to offer degrees in licensed practical nursing beginning in October. In addition to the associate RN degree, the school also provides an LPN-to-RN mobility program that allows LPNs to transfer credits toward an RN.

“We are grateful for the opportunity to share our special kind of care with the students of Rasmussen College. At Hope, they have experiences that will shape their careers, touch their hearts and make a difference,” said Samira K. Beckwith, president and CEO of Hope HealthCare Services. “The clinical and intrinsic benefits of Hope Hospice will help them throughout their journey.”