Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Mother's Day Celebration at Joanne's House at Hope Hospice in Bonita Springs

We're grateful to the Bonita Events Committee for continuing their exceptional efforts to celebrate holidays and special occasions at Joanne's House. Thanks to Ann Haxter, Judi Horvath, Linda Cagan and Pam Hoctel for making this event possible.

Spring Luncheon raises nearly $58,000 for Hope

The Friends of Hope Women’s Committee recently hosted its annual Spring Luncheon at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort & Spa, raising nearly $58,000 to benefit Hope Hospice and its Hope Kids Care and pet programs.

“The continued support of The Friends of Hope Women’s Committee allows us to fulfill our mission to provide comforting care to all who need our help,” said Samira K. Beckwith, president and CEO of Hope HealthCare Services. “We are so grateful for the committee’s dedication, for our sponsors, and for all who made this year’s Spring Luncheon a success.”

Event chairs Barbara Caccese, Etta Smith and Signe Wynne, along with event committee members, coordinated the celebration for more than 300 guests.

The afternoon’s events included boutique shopping, raffle prizes and a fashion show hosted by Master of Ceremonies Robert Van Winkle from NBC-2 featuring spring apparel from Worth New York and Loretta Bridal Boutique of Bonita Springs.

Event sponsors included Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Wynne, American House, Northern Trust, Bonita & Estero Magazine and the Spring Luncheon Committee.

Friday, May 13, 2016

Inaugural Walk 4 Hope: Raising Awareness for Hope's Parkinson Program

Nearly 150 walkers and dozens of supporters gathered on April 30 at Lakes Regional Park for Hope HealthCare Services Parkinson Program’s inaugural Walk 4 Hope.

“National Parkinson Awareness Month provided a great opportunity to garner attention for our local Parkinson community, and we are so grateful to our walkers, supporters and sponsors who participated in April’s Walk 4 Hope,” said Samira K. Beckwith, president and CEO of Hope HealthCare Services.

“Throughout the year, Hope Parkinson Program improves the quality of life for individuals with Parkinsons and their care partners with educational events, exercise and movement classes, and creative and social opportunities,” she added.

Walk 4 Hope sponsors included Florida Neurology Group; Fyzical Therapy & Balance Centers; Lee Memorial Rehabilitation Services; Medtronic; Voice Aerobics, LLC Speech-Language Therapy; and Osterhout & McKinney, PA.

Monday, May 9, 2016

Granting Alejandro's Hopeful Wish

Alejandro is legally blind, but that hasn’t stopped him from pursing his love of music.

Alejandro’s passion for the piano soon allowed him to outgrow the skills of his Hope Kids Care music therapist. Having seen his joy and excitement in playing, she wanted Alejandro to progress further in his favorite hobby. This was a chance to grant him a Hopeful Wish!

With funds donated by generous donors in our community, Hope arranged for ongoing, professional piano lessons for Alejandro. With weekly sessions at home, Alejandro continued to perfect his skills.

It wasn’t long before both his music therapist and piano teacher noticed his increased confidence and pride. In March, he shared a video of him playing the piano with his family in Puerto Rico and was thrilled at the chance to show off his new-found musical abilities.

Recently, Alejandro performed in front of a crowd of local music educators and passed his piano test with flying colors!

The Hope Kids Care staff said, “It’s so amazing that we were able to help him pursue this hobby and find an outlet for his skills. We only wish the Hopeful Wishes donors could see Alejandro’s giant smile after he performs and demonstrates his continual improvement.”