Tuesday, April 24, 2018

“An Evening with Kevin Nealon” Comedy Benefit

Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre presents “An Evening with Kevin Nealon,” a comedy benefit for Hope Hospice Tuesday, June 5 at 1380 Colonial Blvd. in Fort Myers.

A beloved comedian and Saturday Night Live alumni, Nealon will entertain Hope supporters with a family-friendly standup performance. With Nealon’s generosity and the support of Broadway Palm and the community, 100 percent of the event proceeds will benefit Hope Hospice.

“My first experience with Hope was about 20 years ago when my grandmother was cared for in Fort Myers. I was beyond grateful for the love, compassion and comfort that was shown to her, and to the rest of my family as well,” said Nealon. “Doctors, nurses, support staff, and volunteers all brought comfort to my family at a crucial time when we really needed it. I’m honored for this opportunity to support Hope in its mission to help others in Southwest Florida in the same caring, kind and loving way they helped my family.”

Nealon stars in CBS’s “Man with a Plan” and recently starred in “Weeds” on Showtime. He has appeared in several movies, including “Happy Gilmore” and “The Wedding Singer.”

“Kevin has been a longtime friend of Hope Hospice, and we are truly grateful that he will share his time and talent to help people during a most critical time of life,” said Samira K. Beckwith, president and CEO of Hope Healthcare. “With changes in healthcare regulations and reimbursement, we need community support now more than ever to continue the promise of Hope and meet our community’s needs.”

Dinner begins at 5:30 p.m., followed by a 7:30 p.m. show. General admission tickets are $65, and Meet and Greet tickets are available for $150 that include preferred seating and the opportunity to meet Kevin at a private, pre-event reception.

To purchase general admission tickets, visit www.broadwaypalm.com  or call 239-278-4422. To purchase a Meet and Greet ticket, visit www.HopeHCS.org/Kevin.

Sponsors include Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre; Chippendale Audiology; Studio Plus; Joint Implant Surgeons of Florida; WINK 96.9 FM; WXNX FM 93X; Traders; and Luis E. Insignares, Attorneys at Law.

Monday, April 23, 2018

Walk 4 Hope Raises $10,000

To kick off National Parkinson’s Awareness Month, nearly 150 walkers and supporters gathered at Lakes Regional Park for Walk 4 Hope to benefit the Hope Parkinson Program.

“National Parkinson’s Awareness Month is a great opportunity to share how people throughout Southwest Florida are living well with Parkinson’s disease, and we are so grateful to everyone who participated in our Walk 4 Hope,” said Samira K. Beckwith, president and CEO of Hope Healthcare.

Walk 4 Hope lead sponsors included Medtronic, Acadia and Millennium Physician Group. Other supporters included Lee Health Rehabilitation Services and BB&T Insurance Services/Oswald Trippe & Company.

Walk 4 Hope

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Spring Luncheon raises nearly $150,000 for Hope Hospice

The Friends of Hope Women’s Committee recently hosted its 15th annual Spring Luncheon at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort & Spa, raising nearly $150,000 to benefit Hope Hospice.

“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. “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 275 guests. The afternoon’s events included boutique shopping, raffle prizes, silent auction packages to Costa Rica, San Francisco and Italy’s Amalfi Coast, along with a fashion show featuring spring apparel from Kathryn’s Collection.

Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt, P.A. served as presenting sponsor. Event sponsors included Northern Trust, Suncoast Print & Promotions, Inc., Dena’s Secretarial Services, Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort & Spa, Kathryn’s Collection, and the Spring Luncheon Committee.

Friday, April 13, 2018

Preparing for Mother's Day after Loss

As Mother’s Day approaches, it’s important to remember that it can be a difficult holiday for those who have lost a child. It may be a painful reminder of the sons or daughters who are no longer here to share this special time. How can bereaved mothers cope when other mothers are being celebrated? What can they do when the day itself feels like another blow to their spirits?

Coping strategies can take effort at a time when energy is in short supply, but the following ideas may help grieving mothers and ease their suffering.

  • Decide that Mother’s Day is just another Sunday, and choose not to celebrate. 
  • Or, choose to honor the day by staying in the moment. If negative thoughts arise, try focusing on something else. 
  • During an event hosted by friends or family, remember the option to arrive late or leave early. Step away for quiet moments if needed. 
  • Be gentle, treating yourself with kindness and compassion.
  • Rest, drink plenty of water, and eat something nutritious. Avoid overindulging in alcohol or practicing other potentially unhealthy behaviors. 
  • Practice self-care. Go for a walk, listen to music, or watch a favorite movie.
  • Reach out to trusted loved ones for support.

Your grief journey is yours to navigate. The pain of the loss may be brought into focus on Mother’s Day, but you are not alone.

To attend a support group specifically for bereaved moms, contact Lorrie McCann, LMHC, CT at (239) 985-7716. For other help in dealing with feelings of grief and loss, please contact a Hope bereavement counselor at (239) 482-4673.