Thursday, January 31, 2019

Honoring Veteran Frank Hicks: A Lifetime of Service

Frank Hicks served as an instructor in the Army's radar school, before deploying to Italy as part of the Allied occupation in 1946. He was later awarded the American Campaign Medal and the World War II Victory Medal; however, Frank’s extraordinary service to his country didn’t end there.

After earning his PhD in Applied Physics, Frank began a 30-year career at Eastman Kodak Company where he directed highly classified government projects. His own family didn’t know the exact nature of his work; he was only able to tell them it related to the defense of our country. Frank retired from Kodak in June 1981.

It wasn’t until 2011 that the U.S. government declassified the assignment – code named Gambit – that had been at the heart of Frank’s career.

A few months after the Soviet Union launched Sputnik, Frank was asked to lead the design, manufacture, and deployment of America's first high resolution cameras in space. Photographs generated by these spy satellites provided unprecedented intelligence on the Soviet Bloc, which was essential to the United States’ arms monitoring initiatives and international policy decisions.

Regarding Gambit, Lyndon Johnson said, “We've spent $35 or $40 billion on the space program. And if nothing else had come out of it except the knowledge that we gained from space photography, it would be worth ten times what the whole program has cost.”

In a private message about the individuals responsible for Gambit, Ronald Reagan noted, “National security interests prohibit me from rewarding you with public recognition which you so richly deserve. However, rest assured that your accomplishments and contributions are well known and appreciated at the highest levels of our nation's government.”

The capabilities of the last generation of cameras developed under Frank’s direction remain classified even today.

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Hope Honor Guard ceremony on January 29, 2019 with Patch Wihnyk, Marcia Jones, Jean and Yale Kanter, and Ken Navarre


Friday, January 25, 2019

Annual Hope Parkinson Program Symposium: Education and Inspiration

Health care professionals, therapists, volunteers, care partners and those living with Parkinson’s disease are invited to a morning of education and inspiration at the annual Hope Parkinson Symposium on Friday, February 15 at the Broadway Palm in Fort Myers.

The day kicks off at 10 a.m. with an optional pre-event lecture presented by ACADIA Pharmaceuticals. Neurologist and movement disorder specialist Dr. Arif Dalvi from the Palm Beach Neuroscience Institute will discuss “Common Non-Motor Symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease.”

The Symposium begins at 11 am. and will feature James Lubanovich from the Michael J. Fox Foundation, presenting “What’s New in Parkinson’s Research.”

Neurologist and Movement Disorder Specialist Dr. Amanda Avila will discuss “Parkinson’s Below the Belt.”

The event concludes with an inspirational message to make “Every Victory Count” from Davis Phinney Foundation Ambassador Edie Anderson.

Symposium registration and exhibits from presenting sponsor ACADIA Pharmaceuticals, supporting sponsors Medtronic and US WorldMeds, along with the Davis Phinney Foundation, Lee Health Rehabilitation Services, Osterhout & McKinney, P.A., Seniors Blue Book, GE Healthcare, and Voice Aerobics begin at 9:30 a.m.

Registration is required and includes a deluxe lunch buffet, beverages and dessert.

Friday, January 18, 2019

Yachts of Hope benefit for Hope Hospice raises more than $300,000

Guests at Yachts of Hope, a fundraiser for Hope Hospice at Gulf Harbor Yacht & Country Club, raised more than $300,000 for the not-for-profit.

Hosted by Sandy Stilwell Youngquist, Sonya Sawyer, Lizbeth Benacquisto and Andie Vogt, joined by committee members Pam Cronin, Deanna Hansen, Cathy Snyder and Hope Healthcare President and CEO Samira K. Beckwith, the event featured tours of 11 luxury yachts up to 101 feet long.

More than 150 guests enjoyed dockside cocktails and tastings from LYNQ, Keylime Bistro, SABORAM WOW and Timbers Restaurant, along with a gourmet dinner, live band and dancing. The evening featured bidding on once-in-a-lifetime travel experiences and VIP trips to Sonoma wine country, Madrid, Tuscany and private cruises, along with a one-of-a-kind jewelry creation from Mark Loren Designs.

Yachts of Hope sponsors include Stilwell Enterprises and Restaurant Group; Youngquist Brothers; Chico’s FAS, Inc.; Mark Loren Designs; Marine Max; Cheney Brothers; Creighton Commercial Development; Cypress Cove at HealthPark Florida; Edison National Bank; Home-Tech; Kitson & Partners; William E. Cross Foundation, Inc.; Markham Norton Mosteller Wright & Company, P.A.;  DeAngelis Diamond; Florida Community Bank; Private Client Insurance Services; Owen-Ames-Kimball Company; Chris-Tel Construction; and Comcast.

Yachts of Hope 2019

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Light Up Gulf Harbour Tour of Homes raises more than $20,000 for Hope Hospice

Gulf Harbour Yacht & Country Club residents and friends of Hope raised more than $20,000 at the Light Up Gulf Harbour Tour of Homes, a festive fundraiser to benefit Hope Hospice.

Eleven Gulf Harbour residences – each with a unique holiday d├ęcor theme and refreshments – were open to more than 500 guests for touring throughout the evening.

Light Up Gulf Harbour