Friday, March 25, 2016

Samira K. Beckwith named to the Naples Daily News "25 Over 50"

Hope President and CEO Samira K. Beckwith was recently named to the Naples Daily News "25 Over 50."

Nominated by their peers and the public, winners were chosen by a selection committee and included exceptional leaders of Collier and Lee counties "who continue to leave an imprint on our thriving community through their achievements, leadership abilities, philanthropic efforts, and dedication to the betterment of Southwest Florida."

All 25 honorees were cheered on by about 250 guests who attended the special awards night on Tuesday, March 22, 2016 at the Hilton Naples.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Hope presents “Capturing Grace” during Parkinson Awareness Month

In honor of National Parkinson’s Disease Awareness Month in April, Hope is presenting a special movie premiere of “Capturing Grace” by filmmaker and director Dave Iverson on Tuesday, April 5 at 2 p.m. at Shell Point in the Woodlands Grand Cypress Room.

Parkinson’s is personal for Iverson: he was the third member of his family to receive the diagnosis. While producing a film about Parkinson’s called “My Father, My Brother and Me” for the PBS Frontline series, Iverson learned about the Mark Morris Dance Group’s unique partnership with the Brooklyn Parkinson Group and the idea for “Capturing Grace” was formed.

Iverson explains that “Capturing Grace” is a story about the intersection of two realms: One is occupied by some of the most acclaimed modern dancers in the world – the other is inhabited by a group of people with Parkinson’s disease.

“This is a film about rediscovery, the rediscovery of a lighter step and the sweetness of motion.  And it’s a story about a remarkable community of dancers – some professional, some not – but all coming together to move in space...and in doing so, rediscovering grace. And it is in that rediscovery that each becomes whole,” said Iverson.

“Dave Iverson is a masterful storyteller,” said Michael J. Fox, founder of The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research. “‘Capturing Grace’ is a poignant reflection on the strength and resilience of the human spirit.”

There is no cost to attend, but seating is limited. Please RSVP by Friday, April 1 to or call 239-985-7727.

Monday, March 21, 2016

Kelly Greens Golf and Tennis Classic raises $52,000 for Hope Hospice

Members of the Kelly Greens Golf & Country Club hosted the 15th annual Golf and Tennis Classic to benefit Hope Hospice. Golfers and tennis players raised more than $52,000, including proceeds from silent and live auctions held during the evening’s banquet.

Since the inception of the Kelly Greens tournament, residents of the country club have raised more than $435,000 for Hope Hospice.

New Issue Wings of Hope Magazine

In This Issue:

  • Healing Hearts: Finding Hope after Loss
  • Furry Friends: Sparky's Tale
  • Rainbow Trails: A Golden Opportunity for a Grieving Child

These heartwarming stories-  as well as photo galleries and updates - can be found in the most recent issue of Wings of Hope Magazine.

Hope Kids Care Family Fun Day with Junior League of Fort Myers

Hope Kids Care participants, along with their siblings, parents and caregivers, were invited to the sixth Family Fun Day hosted by the Junior League of Fort Myers at Hope HealthCare Services’ Fort Myers campus.

More than 100 guests enjoyed a day of music, refreshments, fun activities, face painting, family photos and carriage rides by Whispering Pines Clydesdales.

“Hope Kids Care helps Lee, Hendry and Glades county children who have been diagnosed with potentially life-limiting illnesses work through the medical, emotional and spiritual challenges they face each day,” said Samira Beckwith, president and CEO of Hope HealthCare Services.

“We are so appreciative of the Junior League for continuing to host this special day that brings so much joy to the children and their loved ones,” she added.