Thursday, January 31, 2013

‘Tournament of Charities’ Tees Off for Hope Hospice: Two-day event includes golf, cocktail party and awards luncheon

Hope Hospice has been named the beneficiary of The Golf Club at Magnolia Landing’s “Tournament of Charities” on February 8 and 9. The two-day event - which is open to the public - features a golf tournament, cocktail party and an awards luncheon, with all proceeds benefiting local programs of Hope Hospice.

Event tickets are $100 per player including golf, and $50 per ticket for the cocktail party and luncheon only.
The cocktail party begins at 5 p.m. on Feb. 8, with an 8:30 a.m. shotgun start on Feb. 9 followed by the buffet lunch and golf awards. Silent auction and raffle tickets will be available Friday night and throughout the day Saturday.

To participate in the Tournament of Charities, contact The Golf Club at Magnolia Landing at 239-543-4146.

Hope HealthCare Services Board of Directors Announces New Members

Three local community leaders have joined the board of directors for Hope HealthCare Services.

Jerry Nichols, principal of Naples-based Employee Benefits Planning and Personal Insurance Services, is a Certified Public Accountant, Chartered Financial Consultant and a Chartered Life Underwriter. He has been recognized as the Boys & Girls Club of Collier County’s Man of the Year and is a Laureate in the Business Leadership Hall of Fame of Collier County.

Madlyn Dornaus is senior vice president and chief compliance officer for Radiation Therapy Services, which operates radiology clinics in 16 states and seven foreign countries. Dornaus is a member of the Medical Group Management Association and is a certified health care compliance and privacy officer.  

Luis E. Insignares, a Fort Myers-based family law attorney and mediator with The Law Office of Luis E. Insignares, P.A., serves on the executive council of the Florida Bar Association’s Family Law Section. A member of Florida Trend’s Legal Elite and a Florida Super Lawyer, Insignares is past chair of the 20th Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission.

The new members join current board members Tom Giles, founder, president and CEO of Avalon Engineering; Larry Hart, Lee County tax collector; Steve Personette, former manager of public affairs for Embarq; Fred Pezeshkan, chairman of Manhattan Construction Florida; Ron Smalley, former managing partner for Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt; and Linda Uhler, 35-year resident of Sanibel Island, former elementary school teacher and district deputy for Congressman Porter Goss.

The board’s leadership includes Chairman Sandy Robinson, president of Northern Trust’s Fort Myers office; Vice-Chair Bo Turbeville, vice president of Accent Business Products; Secretary Richard C. Ackert, former president and CEO of SouthTrust Bank, Southwest Florida; Treasurer Charles Idelson, principal founder of Investors’ Security Trust Company; and past Chair Rev. Tim Halverson, pastor and head of staff at Faith Presbyterian Church in Cape Coral.

Board members serve three-year terms and contribute their expertise, time, talent and resources to advancing Hope’s mission of providing exceptional care and support to every individual and their loved ones as they fulfill life’s journey.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

New Wings of Hope Magazine Available

Read about a special hospice patient, learn more about the Hope Parkinson Program, see event photos, discover upcoming fundraisers and get all the important news from Hope. Click the image above for links to the full version and past issues.

Hope Hospice Accredited by the National Institute for Jewish Hospice (NIJH)

Hope Hospice is among only a few organizations selected for accreditation by the National Institute for Jewish Hospice (NIJH). NIJH was founded in 1985 to address the Jewish community’s end-of-life care needs. Its recent accreditation efforts focus on providing onsite training to U.S. hospice programs, geriatric centers and hospitals.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

‘Dancing with Hope’ showcases students’ talents to benefit Hope Hospice and Gulfshore Ballet

Hope HealthCare Services and Gulfshore Ballet present “Dancing with Hope,” featuring former Miami City Ballet principal dancers Iliana Lopez and Franklin Gamero, on Saturday, March 9.

The performance benefits both organizations and takes place at Edison State College’s Rush Auditorium, located in the “J” building at 8099 College Parkway in Fort Myers.

Advanced dancers from Gulfshore Ballet, Southwest Florida’s premier, not-for-profit school of classical ballet, will present a two-part performance, with live piano accompaniment, under the guidance of one of the school’s renowned artistic directors.

Light refreshments will be served starting at 5:30 p.m., with a variety of dance costumes on display. An outdoor garden reception for VIP guests begins at 4:30 p.m. and features live music and champagne with Gulfshore Ballet’s directors. The showcase performance begins at 6 p.m.

Individual tickets are $100, and VIP tickets are $200. Sponsorships begin at $1,500. For reservations or additional information, contact 489-9164 or visit

Monday, January 14, 2013

Hope PACE hosts ‘Understanding Dementia’

Members of the public are invited to “Understanding Dementia,” a discussion regarding dementia and Alzheimer’s disease on Thursday, Jan. 17 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Hope’s PACE Center in Naples, located at 13020 Livingston Road.

The discussion will be led by Catherine Cruikshank, M.D., as part of Hope HealthCare Services’ Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE). There is no cost to attend.

Dr. Cruikshank, who serves as the regional director of education for the Florida Gulf Coast Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, will discuss symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease, distinguishing the disease from other dementias, and obtaining an Alzheimer’s diagnosis. Dr. Cruikshank holds a master’s degree in geriatric administration and a doctorate in gerontology, with a focus on Alzheimer’s disease.

For more information or to register for the event, contact Melissa Horinek at 239-218-2470 or