Monday, October 24, 2016

Lexington Country Club’s annual Italian Open golf tournament contributions surpass $100,000 mark with $34,600 raised to benefit Hope

Lexington Country Club members raised $34,600 at their sixth annual Italian Open golf tournament for Hope Hospice – and pushed the total donations over the history of the event past the $100,000 mark.

Event organizer Jerry Curcuru, along with his committee of Greg Salvia, Phil Bommarito and John Sackie, coordinated the Oct. 13 event for more than 300 members who enjoyed decorated golf carts, prizes for top golfers, raffles and an Italian-themed dinner.

Unique Piano Recital at Hope

Sawyer with a doll created in the image of his grandmother
My mother, Florence, received hospice services in your Hospice House where she passed away on April 5, 2016. She was an amazing mother, grandmother, mother-in-law, and friend. Our family misses her dearly and talks about her every day.

As a way to honor her, Lorrie McCann, Renee Stack, and Hope Hospice volunteers helped to coordinate and host a recital at the Hospice House on October 3, 2016, where my seven-year-old son Sawyer played the piano. This was very special to me and my husband because Sawyer played the piano for his grandmother every day as she while she lay in bed trying to get well at home. In addition, this was very meaningful to my mother as she was able to listen to beautiful music while watching her grandson grow and learn day in and day out.

This gift shared between Sawyer and his grandmother was extraordinary and valued deeply by our entire family. We feel blessed that Sawyer’s music brought so much love and peace to my mother while she was limited in what she could do. We appreciate you supporting Sawyer in expressing his feelings and helping him through his grief journey by playing songs for Hope Hospice patients and families in the hope that they may experience what my family has through his music.

In discussing the recital with many who attended, not only did they enjoy the piano playing and refreshments, but my family realized our broader connection to others via the many positive Hope Hospice stories shared about loved ones lost.

Sawyer wishes to say thank you for making this recital happen. It made him happy because he got to play for his Grandma where he last visited her before she passed away.

The work you do for patients and their families experiencing the end of life is exceptional in every interaction that my family has experienced - from open and honest discussions with the medical team to bereavement groups, counseling services, and hosting this recital. We are thrilled to know that we will have another opportunity for a piano recital and holiday sing-along on December 22 where our family, friends, current patients, and their loved ones can experience the love of music and compassion shared between a little boy and his grandmother at the Hope Hospice House in Fort Myers.

~Michelle, Sawyer’s mother

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

12th annual Fillet and Release Fishing Tournament raises $36,000 to benefit Hope Hospice

Matanzas on the Bay on Fort Myers Beach hosted the 12th annual Fillet and Release Fishing Tournament, raising $36,000 to benefit Hope Hospice. A total of 104 boats participated in the light tackle, inshore fishing tournament on Sept. 24, raising a record amount for Hope Hospice. In addition to the funds raised through entry fees, the first place and second place teams also generously donated $5,000 and $1,000, respectively, of their winnings to Hope Hospice.

“This year’s Fillet and Release Fishing Tournament was another huge success, with Southwest Florida anglers coming together to help raise a record number of funds for Hope Hospice,” said Glen Petrarca, general manager of Matanzas on the Bay. “Hope Hospice does so much to care for those in need, and we are honored to support its mission by hosting this community event each year.”

Amy Andrew, event coordinator of the Fillet and Release Fishing Tournament, has led the annual event since its inception in 2004 to raise funds for Hope Hospice, a nonprofit organization that has taken care of many families, including her own. The 12th annual tournament marked Andrew’s final year leading the event.

“Happy to say that I went out with a bang my final year. Being able to give $36,000 to Hope Hospice is a great feeling,” Andrew said. “Over the past 12 years I have raised $129,540.00. I feel like I have done my part to give back for all Hope Hospice did for my family. I know my grandma and grandpa would be proud. Thanks to everyone who helped make the Fillet and Release for Hope Hospice such a successful event.”

The winning teams of the 2016 Fillet and Release Fishing Tournament include:

  • First Place: Reel Nauti Davis; Eric and Alexandria Davis
  • Second Place: Ferguson; Scotty Darna, Tyler Evenson, Robert Ball and Dylan Geraci
  • Third Place: Renegade; Dillon Massie, Brian Harris, Lisa Harris and Troy Gale
  • Redfish Calcutta: Reel Nauti Davis; Eric and Alexandria Davis
  • Mystery Fish: Team Shenanigans; Karl Butigian, Rick Jordan and Jeff Lindsey
  • Female Largest Redfish: Reel Nauti Davis; Alexandria Davis
  • Smallest Legal Redfish: Miley’s Diesel Service; Steve Miley, Donna Miley and John Judge

Winners were determined by the total weight of fish caught. Eligible species included redfish and snook, and all fish were released following the weigh-in.